There's no disputing the fact that evangelicals feel burned by their ineffective intimacy with the Republican Party and are increasingly convinced that church and politics shouldn't have such an intertwined relationship. Evangelicals young and old are not retreating or switching parties, but they're carefully weighing their involvement and attempting to bring it into conformity with an all-encompassing commitment to their theology. It may be mincing words, but in this case, the truth of the story depends on definitions. And in that respect, the mainstream press still doesn't get evangelicals and how to cover them without repetitive and questionable "cycle" narratives. Calling maturation a meltdown misses the mark—and the story.
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