American Individualism in Christian Clothing

Hal Miller on Frank Villa’s blog:

“THE EVANGELICALS ACCOMPLISHED much. But now they too have an uneasy conscience. Oddly they seem to have failed at the central task they set for themselves. Paradoxical as it might sound, they became culturally open but remained culturally irrelevant.”

Similar vibe to the late Internet Monk’s post describing the imminent collapse of Evangelicalism, but Miller’s post includes more context and less accusation.

I’ve never heard the Fundamentalist and Evangelical movements framed like this before. According to my dad, the Fundamentalist movement wasn’t much more than the prohibition of playing cards and movies during his youth. I’ve never seen it as a purposeful response to a potentially damaging influence. Interesting how popular movements tend to be remembered by their resistance to subsequent movements, rather than their contributions.