A Jew Among the Evangelicals

A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed
by Mark I. Pinsky
Published August 2006 by Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Kentucky.

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LONGWOOD, Fla.  (RNS)  There’s a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. Even more so for refusing to march in lockstep with the Republican Party. (read more)



Lifeline for mainliners By Mark I. Pinsky

These once-dominant liberal Protestant denominations have been drained by demographic realities and eclipsed by conservative religious voices. [read more]


The Golden Rolodex By Mark I. Pinsky

Imagine a time before the Internet and the explosion of cable television news and opinion shows. In those days, journalists looking for academic authorities for their stories relied on something called the “Golden Rolodex.” This was an informal list of easily reachable and articulate professors, experts and authors whom we could call. Only death or disgrace could dislodge those on it to make room for others. [read more]



Vol. 36, No. 1 (Winter 2008)

Dialogue – Teflon Televangelists by Mark I. Pinsky

faith and forbearance can sometimes be insurmountable barriers for religion journalists. When it comes to some true believers, I have learned, nothing you write that questions their idols seems to make any difference. [READ MORE]


Vol. 35, No. 1 (Winter 2007)

Dialogue – Vox Populi, Vox Dei? by Mark I. Pinsky

In 1993, a washington post reporter infamously described evangelical Christians as “poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” The phrase was inaccurate when it appeared on the paper’s front page—and was widely and deeply reproved. If anything, it is less descriptive in an era when evangelicals have expanded and extended their influence to the highest reaches of power. Still, this cavalier attitude dies hard. “Under Karl Rove’s sorcerer’s spell,” James Wolcott wrote in the November 2006 issue of Vanity Fair, “Republicans learned how to exploit the intelligence gap, herding the dopey faithful to the polls, and depending on their docility between elections. . . . Progress in the country depends upon maneuvering around this solid bloc of recalcitrant dunces.” [READ MORE]


One Jew’s new view of the evangelicals

Brought up in Jersey, author finds himself a stranger in a strange pew. New Jersey Jewish News – January 4, 2007


The “E” Word Reviewed by Steve Thorngate
There are few words thornier than “evangelical.” It’s a broad category that includes fundamentalists; it’s also a reaction against fundamentalism. (read more)


A Jew Among the Evangelicals Named One of Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year

November 6, 2006
A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed by Mark Pinsky (Westminster John Knox Press, $14.95, August 2006) has been named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry. It is one of ten books selected in the religion category. (read more)


Air America Radio interview

State Of Belief – Hosted by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Originally broadcast the weekend of September 2-3, 2006


Southern Jews and evangelicals: Coming together

…for the past ten years, while covering evangelicals as part of my beat, I have learned more from them and about them outside my newspaper office. At Boy Scouts and PTA meetings, in my doctor’s office, in my neighborhood and in the grocery line, I have come to understand this complex tribe of believers as people, rather than as talking heads — or subjects of my stories.” — Mark I. Pinsky Editorial for USA Today August 7, 2006


Liberal Jew Offers Surprising Take on Suburban Evangelicals
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Pop culture, religion finding ways to mix Sacred themes sell; Christians embrace high-tech values – August 10, 2006

“Kudos to Pinsky for offering nuanced reporting instead of stereotypes.” —Publishers Weekly starred review


“I absolutely loved this book! It’s a fascinating page-turner that gives a uniquely fresh perspective on Evangelicals. Only my good friend Mark Pinsky, the award-winning journalist, could write such an insightful overview of this growing branch of Christianity. As a Jew living in the Bible belt, he has seen us from both the outside in and from the inside out.” — Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life, May, 2006