10 October 2005

The Boston Globe launches a three-part series on “key evangelical leaders” with a solid reporton James Dobson of Focus on the Family. “Other key figures,” writes Brian MacQuarrie, “range from Richard Land, the politically connected Washington lobbyist of the Southern Baptist Convention, to Rick Warren, an evangelical pastor who has built an enormous following both at his Southern California mega-church and through his best-selling book, ‘The Purpose Driven Life.’” We’re not sure what he means by “range from” — are Land and Warren, both conservatives, supposed to be at different ends of the spectrum? — and we’re disappointed that no voices of ordinary folks who find wisdom in Dobson’s words make it into MacQuarrie’s profile, but we’re glad the Globe is engaging in the hard work of mapping Christian conservatism.