Friday, March 3, 2006

What's a 'Red-Letter Christian'?

In this BeliefNet article, Tony Campolo explains that it's a euphemism.
Because being evangelical is usually synonymous with being Republican in the popular mind, and calling ourselves "progressive" might be taken as a value judgment by those who do share our views, we decided not to call ourselves "progressive evangelicals." We came up with a new name: Red-Letter Christians.

In a December 19, 2004 post I said,
Since these negative connotations came from the left's discrediting of the formerly respectable term "liberal," it's only a matter of time until they discredit "progressive."

That didn't take long.

P.S. From Lark News, the How Evangelical Are You? quiz.

10. Before each meal you:

a. Have a stiff drink.

b. Say grace.

c. Give an altar call for your family.

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