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Young Evangelicals and Politics

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According to a Zogby poll, 28% of Evangelicals aged 18 to 29 voted for Barack Obama. Four years earlier, only 14% of Evangelicals in that age cohort went for John Kerry.

Even though it was an online poll, that’s a major shift in a key demographic so yesterday I spent some time asking two leading Evangelicals who work with young men and women what had happened.

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the transcript of our conversation is here.

John Stonestreet is the executive director of Summit Ministries, and the transcript of our conversation is here. (I’ll be speaking at Summit’s adult conference on March 1.)

The educators hit some very similar notes, and the challenge for the church going forward is to realize that the old models of raising young people to understand the world are simply broken.

If you comment on these conversations, send me the link: If Dr. Mohler is correct, the conversation about young evangelicals and politics is going on with great intensity within the age demographic and in a way that is only partially visible to older evangelicals, even those who are moderately well-wired into the community.

UPDATE: Rich Brodenr comments.


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