Edgar urges move to key 'middle' values

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Bob Edgar, who steered the National Council of Churches out of financial disarray after becoming general secretary in January of 2000, has been known as a United Methodist minister who could beat the odds.

Edgar began his string of six congressional terms in 1974 as the first Democrat in 120 years to be elected in a heavily Republican district in Pennsylvania. And in the decade prior to his NCC job, he revived the sagging fortunes of the Claremont School of Theology as president of that California seminary.

Now, in a book published this month, Middle Church (Simon & Schuster), he claims to espouse the values of “mainstream people of all faiths” that are misrepresented by the religious right. “Fear, fundamentalism and the Fox Broadcasting Company must not be allowed to set the agenda for our nation,” he wrote in the preface, employing a line he has used in speeches.


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