Prayer and conversation

A truce in the culture war
Apart from Billy Graham, who is sidelined by age, the most influential evangelical Christian in the U.S. these days is probably author and pastor Rick Warren. His best sellers on the “purpose-driven church” and the “purpose-driven life” have reached millions in both evangelical and mainline circles. His casual, unbuttoned demeanor captures the modern evangelical style. He has spoken of Christians’ need to fight global poverty, disease and illiteracy, and he has distanced himself from the religious right by calling for “a new day of civil discourse.” He took the unusual step for an evangelical leader of inviting Barack Obama—both before and while he was a presidential candidate—to speak at his church.


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