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Evangelical vs. LiberalThe Clash of Christian Cultures in the Pacific Northwest$
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James K. Wellman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195300116

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.001.0001

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 Religion, Ideology, and Belief

 Religion, Ideology, and Belief

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(p.89) 8 Religion, Ideology, and Belief
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Evangelical vs. Liberal
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James K. Wellman Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300116.003.0010

In this chapter the natural history of religious ideology is examined relative to each groups' view on Jesus Christ, the Bible, and epistemology. Ideology is a neutral term meaning the way in which cultural processes are used to shape and guide social and political behavior. For evangelicals Jesus Christ saves one from sin and nurtures one in love; for liberals Jesus Christ exemplifies the way of compassion, hospitality, and justice. For evangelicals truth is absolute, given by scripture, relatively static though deeply personal and persuasive; for liberals truth is love, justice in a dynamic spiritual journey that deepens one's perception of what is means to live out these principles in the world.

Keywords:   ideology, Jesus Christ, Bible, epistemology, truth, politics, sin, love, justice, inerrancy, spiritual journey, certainty, sacred story

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