That Old Time Religion: The Evangelical Empire

Gaudy and vital U.S. Evangelicalism is booming

"I went to a Bible study group with my wife. It was just a Bible study, but it angered me. I thought, 'These people talk like they have God in their hip pocket.' But I went eight Wednesdays in a row. The last Wednesday evening, while everyone was praying, I got down on my knees and gave my life to the Lord and I have never been the same since. It was an emotional experience, but it hasn 't passed. That was nine years ago."

Once such words would have been identified, and uncharitably patronized, as the essence of...

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