Every once in a while, I try to acknowledge some of the most interesting articles that I’ve read recently. (Feel free to check out my lists of recommendations from February 17th, June 20th, July 28th and August 8th.) I’ve tried to recommend readings that are relatively timeless, with some from this month and some from sources from the past. I tried to include articles that are interesting or funny or thought-provoking or insightful or all of the above, but there’s no real methodology. Below, in no particular order, I’ve provided the links and some of my favorite quotes from the readings.
Because the existence of God cannot be definitively proven, it requires faith. Especially with the onslaught of scientific breakthroughs that have called into question some of the claims in the Bible, faith arguably requires more attention than it did in the past. However, some surveys have found that up to 95 percent of Americans believe in some sort of a higher power, and even two-thirds of Americans think that angels and demons are active in the world. To strengthen one’s faith, as I will discuss in this essay, many people, especially evangelicals, talk to God, hear from God, and talk about God, (like many figures did in the Bible).
Today in America, Evangelicals are estimated to make up a quarter of the population, or, at least, according to other estimates, 50 million people. The term ‘evangelical’ has a lot of connotations and stereotypes associated with it. For example, some consider an Evangelical to be “anyone who likes Billy Graham.” Like most stereotypes, some of the characterizations of Evangelicals are at least partly rooted in truth. But who are American Evangelicals really? In this essay, I will examine what it means to be an evangelical, the origins and history of evangelicalism, and modern evangelicalism before concluding.