Compare and contrast Samaritan’s Purse with the Gates Foundation, which is actually doing the hard work to get effective combination therapy to people with HIV in Africa, making a ground-breaking difference.

I happened to catch that interview with Piro. I was struck by the same thought you seem to be expressing. Theologically, Graham doesn’t have any idea what he’s talking about.

I wonder why that’s such a common thing among popular Evangelical ministers. I wonder why disciplined theological thinking is so lacking in the Evangelical experience.

I took that for granted growing up in that world. The dissonance in the teachings I learned in church just seemed like an ordinary part of life. I chalked it up to things being too complicated for me to understand.

Only later did I realize I didn’t understand because so much of it didn’t make sense, didn’t cohere, was not internally consistent.

Is the incoherence a function of uncritically setting aside doubt to believe charismatic leaders like Graham? I suppose in part, it must be.

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