Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health and an outspoken evangelical Christian, urged his fellow evangelicals, many of whom have resisted the COVID-19 vaccine, to get the shot and encourage others to do the same.
Vaccine skepticism is more widespread among White evangelicals than almost any other major bloc of Americans. With White evangelicals comprising an estimated 20% of the U.S. population, resistance to vaccination by half of them would seriously hamper efforts to achieve herd immunity.
Evangelicals who are questioning often do so in isolation — but some are now looking for community. And they’re finding it in book clubs, reading the growing market of deconstructionist and justice-oriented literature.
While that picture is still murky, it’s become increasingly apparent that this movement has attracted a significant number of White evangelical Christians, which could have implications for the movement’s future.
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Long-simmering suspicions between Orthodox and evangelical Christians have blown up recently over the refusal of the Jordanian government to allow evangelical churches full legal standing under the country's religiously-divided judicial system.
There is significant support among White evangelicals for QAnon conspiracy beliefs and the false claim that members of antifa were ‘mostly responsible’ for the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to the survey conducted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute.