Sadly, conservative evangelicals aren’t always joyful, and don’t always cause joy in others. So I am grateful for the opportunity to make a few points in response to the preceding article, in a spirit of constructive dialogue.
Patrick Comerford’s main thesis is that “many conservative evangelicals are neither conservative nor evangelical” and his approach is to present a rogues gallery of offenders who claim the title ‘conservative evangelical’ but whose conservatism and/or evangelicalism is questionable. This approach has limitations, yielding no quantitative assessment of how many conservative evangelicals hold unorthodox views or act in unevangelical ways. Nonetheless, several important points are raised.