As both Marcia Pally and David Gushee note, there is no historical reason why evangelicalism should identify with a single political orientation. There is also no global reason. Research on evangelicals in Asia, Africa, and Latin America is uncovering startling political diversity. Paul Freston, one of the most informed scholars on the subject, dismisses “facile equations of evangelicalism with conservative stances.” Historical and contemporary conditions, he writes, demonstrate “the distance of these actors—indeed, total independence of these actors—from the American evangelical right.”Read the rest of Global reflex.
David R. Swartz
David R. Swartz is assistant professor of history at Asbury University. His first book Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (University of Pennsylvania Press) was published in 2012. His writings on American religious history, twentieth-century American politics, global religion, and issues of war and peace have appeared in Society, Religious and American Culture, Religion Dispatches, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Books & Culture, and Mennonite Quarterly Review. He blogs at www.moralminoritybook.com.