Can Evangelical Christianity Be Saved from Itself? An Interview with Rachel Held Evans
If you’re not familiar with both Valerie Tarico (interviewer and author) and Rachel Held Evans (interviewee and author), you should be! I know them both a little and it’s wonderful to see them interacting. This interview is loaded with wisdom and hard-gained insights.
I stopped identifying as Evangelical many years ago, unlike Rachel, but I grasp and respect her stance, given its openness, thoughtfulness and graciousness. People like her are very valuable in the process of helping many others either mature and become more healthy in their faith or gracefully transition to a belief-system and type of community that fits them better (including leaving “religion” entirely).
Rachel Held Evans has been called “the most polarizing woman in Evangelicalism.” She is a New York Times bestselling author of three books and a popular blog in which she wrestles honestly with the cruelties and contradictions in her Christian tradition from the standpoint of a loving insider on a quest to understand God and goodness more deeply. Her most recent book, Searching for Sunday, brings readers along as Held Evans, still a self-identified Evangelical explores and embraces the liturgical ritual of the Episcopal tradition. It is a loosely connected collection of musings structured around the seven traditional sacraments of the Christian tradition: baptism, confession, communion, holy orders, confirmation, anointing of the sick, and marriage.
In this interview, Held Evans discusses both the book and her broader faith journey.
Tarico: My readers know me to be post-Christian, a self-described spiritual non-theist and ardent critic of the Evangelical fundamentalism in…
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