February 10th, 2016

Evangelical left - Wikipedia

While members of the evangelical left chiefly reside in mainline denominations, they are often heavily influenced by the Anabaptist social tradition.
Evangelical left - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Included is a list of seventeen persons who fit the category,
All are white males (I think, i am only familiar with 4 or 5 of them.)

I would have thought that African Americans and Women would be more likely than White Males to combine conservative religious views with progressive social and economic views..

I wonder how strong a force they are within Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christianity?
I am guessing that their numbers are rather small.  There might be statistics, but i don't recall any.

Some are involved in a movement called "Red Letter Christians" emphasizing the actual teachings of Jesus.  That is a great idea (except that about 80% of the words in the Gospels that are attributed to Jesus were probably not spoken by him*)

(* I would feel pretty safe with the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, and the Sermon on the Mount (Luke's version plus the Lord's Prayer).  Much of the other 80+ percent of "red letter" statements is, in my opinion, inconsistent with or a distortion of the 18 percent that i feel reasonably sure is authentic. ) 

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - Fasting

There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness.
We are lutes, no more, no less. If the soundbox
is stuffed full of anything, no music.
If the brain and belly are burning clean
with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire.
The fog clears, and new energy makes you
run up the steps in front of you.
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen.
When you're full of food and drink, Satan sits
where your spirit should, an ugly metal statue
in place of the Kaaba. When you fast,
good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon's ring. Don't give it
to some illusion and lose your power,
but even if you have, if you've lost all will and control,
they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing
out of the ground, pennants flying above them.
A table descends to your tents,
Jesus' table.
Expect to see it, when you fast, this table
spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.

-- from The Illuminated Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks
Poetry Chaikhana | Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - Fasting

Because its Lent and because i love Rumi