The title of this column at the Huffington Post is certainly provoking, if nothing else. Authors Phil Zuckerman and Dan Cady come to this conclusion following a poll published by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life:
Evangelicals don’t exactly hate Jesus — as we’ve provocatively asserted in the title of this piece. They do love him dearly. But not because of what he tried to teach humanity. Rather, Evangelicals love Jesus for what he does for them. Through his magical grace, and by shedding his precious blood, Jesus saves Evangelicals from everlasting torture in hell, and guarantees them a premium, luxury villa in heaven. For this, and this only, they love him. They can’t stop thanking him. And yet, as for Jesus himself — his core values of peace, his core teachings of social justice, his core commandments of goodwill — most Evangelicals seem to have nothing but disdain.
Is this true of the evangelicals you know? I don’t know many personally, so I’m not qualified to say, but this is an interesting theory.
Edit: Post originally had “evangenicals” in the title, which is what happens when I post late at night. I apologize.