God's Harvard

In my personal evangelical heyday back in the Reagan 1980s, one measure of zeal for my college crowd was our willingness to do evangelism among total strangers. We approached people in a student café, scattered two by two on Florida beaches during spring break and talked to peers on our main campus lawn and to townies at a nearby mall. We asked people if they would be willing to “talk about spiritual things.” The homeschooled evangelicals of Hanna Rosin’s new book measure their zeal in terms of participation in political campaigns—what one student calls “the ministry of political activism.” Instead of missionaries and ministers, these college students aspire to become senators and judges. And if Rosin is right, this union of political ambition and evangelical piety is here to stay.


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