The most consistent theme of conservative Christianity is the concept of a personal relationship with Jesus. In the larger Christian tradition, however, the community matters as much if not more than the individuals within it.
What exactly is a biblical man? A man who reads the Bible? A man who attempts to live up to its high moral bar? A man who behaves like Christ?
The pastor of my church asked me to speak about naturalism and theism at our Wednesday night supper, in part to lay some groundwork for his discussion of creationism and evolution the following week.
Robert Parham at EthicsDaily.com recently posted an article about Al Gore's interview on "60 Minutes" discussing the "toxic partnership" between religious fundamentalists, who deny global warming in an effort to protect a hyper-literal reading of the Bible, and free-market ideologues, who deny it to protect their financial interests.