Michael Gerson, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and President Bush's former speechwriter, discusses new trends in evangelicalism. He explains that the younger evangelicals are breaking from the religious right; while they are remaining morally conservative, they are becoming more socially liberal.
Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Post. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser.
Michael Gerson, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former speechwriter for President Bush, describes how the new generation of evangelicals is becoming more politically and socially liberal while remaining morally conservative.
Michael Gerson contrasts the new evangelical centrism with both the secular left and the religious right. He argues that historically, much social change has been spurred by religious principles and that failing to advocate for social change - like the traditional religious right - is essentially un-Christian.
Michael Gerson explains that even though new evangelicals support some conservative causes, like stopping abortion, they are increasingly supportive of many liberal ideals. He argues that Obama, with his sincere support of religion, is in an excellent position to gain support from these new evangelicals.