My Dinner with Irving https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/uncategorized/2013/10/my-dinner-with-irving/

On evangelicals, the evangelical Left, and the Jews.

October 16, 2013 | Wilfred M. McClay
About the author: Wilfred McClay is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship chair in the history of liberty at the University of Oklahoma and the author most recently of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the American Story.
This is a response to Evangelicals and Israel, originally published in Mosaic in October 2013

Wheaton College, "arguably the best school in the nation with a Christ-based worldview." Courtesy Steven Sheets, Flickr.
Several years ago, I gave a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on the subject of religion and secularism. Afterward, the discussion continued at a relaxed and intimate dinner for selected guests—an occasion greatly enlivened by the presence of the late Irving Kristol, then an AEI senior fellow, and his wife Gertrude Himmelfarb, the distinguished historian. As usual, Irving had plenty to say. In particular, when the subject turned to the distinctive character of evangelical Christianity, he pronounced himself in a manner that I (and others in the room) remember vividly to this day. “Well, after all,” he remarked, with casual assurance, “religion is what you’re born with.”

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