What I Learned from My New Book “Purity: The Story of Our New Faith”
I’ve been working on a book for over a year, and my goal was to write about the story of the evangelical Christian movement in America from the perspective of a young man growing up in an evangelical Christian household in the mid-1990s.
And as it turned out, my book’s focus on the evangelical church’s transformation into an increasingly secular and diverse movement will be the topic of a book coming out in a few weeks.
I’ve written this book because I want to be able to say, to anyone who was there in the 90s, that evangelicalism, in the early 2000s, was a place where young people of color were in the forefront.
It was a culture where you could feel a sense of empowerment.
It had a sense that you could be the person that you wanted to be, and people were proud of who you were.
I wanted to talk about the things that made evangelicals great in those years.
I wrote this book after the rise of Trump, after Trump’s election.
It’s about a new evangelical church, a new era of Christian faith.
And I think I’m able to do that because I’m in the same place in my life as a lot of people who were there in those 90s.
They all had their own reasons for leaving their churches, but the basic reason was that they were fed up with what they saw as the church’s tendency to treat people differently.
And they were not satisfied with the way it was structured.
When you are a young Christian who was born and raised in an old-fashioned Protestant evangelical church and you’re watching the Trump era, and you see how the new conservative evangelicals are coming together to push back against the policies of the previous generation, you have a sense, for many of those young people, of being part of something bigger.
You see a new church being built, a church that is welcoming and inclusive.
You feel a greater sense of hope.
And you can see the people who are doing the work to build that church becoming leaders in a way that they weren’t before.
But I think that the thing that makes evangelicalism unique in America today is that it was so successful at changing the culture around it.
And for a lot, I think, that success can be attributed to a number of things.
One is that there was an unprecedented level of visibility in the evangelical community during the Trump years.
And that visibility was created in part by the rise in social media, which was a big part of what made it possible for evangelicals to be heard.
But another reason is that evangelicals had a strong relationship with the media in the 1990s, and they had a lot more influence on the way the media looked at Christianity.
I was very lucky in that I was in the middle of the media revolution when it all happened.
I saw a lot that I didn’t like about the way evangelicals were portrayed in the media.
The first book that I published in the 1980s was called “The Bible and the Media: How Religion Shaped American Politics.”
And I found myself being very uncomfortable in a lot the way conservative evangelicals were treated by the media and by the evangelical establishment.
They were demonized as racists and bigots.
But they were also the majority of the American public, and the media saw them as the people they wanted to represent.
And so I was able to write books like that, because I felt like I could write books that would give a lot to people who didn’t know me or didn’t care about my work.
So that was the other thing that I had to do to make sure that I could make a living writing books.
And it was a difficult task, because, at the same time, I had a book that had become a cultural icon.
I had written a book called “How to Write a Book About Jesus Christ,” which had become the most popular book in the Bible.
And, because of that, I was a little nervous about the whole project.
I started thinking about the fact that, by the time I was done with that book, the evangelical faith would be in the midst of a crisis.
And this was before Trump had even been elected, and before the movement had taken a turn away from being the religion of the people that it used to be.
I think it was the book that really made me feel like I had something to offer.
It opened up a window on a lot aspects of evangelicalism that were very uncomfortable to me.
The book became a cultural symbol.
It made evangelicals seem different and more interesting than they had been.
And the book gave people a sense in their gut that this was a movement that wasn’t really going away.
And there was a sense among many evangelicals that their time had come, and that they had to come out and speak out against this.
And those who left evangelicalism felt like they had just been told that they’d have to leave their faith.