Within the body of this article the following is stated: "Evangelical Christians believe that anyone who has not accepted Jesus as his personal lord and saviour will be sadistically tortured for the rest of eternity." While it is impossible to contend that each and every evangelical does not believe this, as it stands this statement is a bold and wrong-headed misrepresentation, one the likes of which evangelicals have become accustomed on the part of the secular press, who lazily caricature evangelical beliefs without so much as taking the time to find out what is really believed and how increasingly complex and nuanced the evangelical community is becoming. I thought this was supposed to be investigative journalism--so much for the investigation piece of it.
So, my suggestion for the future is: do your homework--find out what is truly believed before broadstroking. If you do not, you end up looking foolish and losing your own credibility, since it has long been the case that erecting a straw man only to tear it down is the worst way to get at the truth of a matter.
Mar 23 2008 - 10:08pm