Ross Douthat looks at recent criticisms from Barack Obama and social scientist Robert Putnam, who claim churches are too wrapped up in the culture war.
"Last week two prominent Americans — an eminent social scientist and the president of the United States — decided to answer the question: How have America’s churches failed the poor? Their answer was one deeply congenial to the progressive mind: They’ve been too obsessed with the culture war. It would be too kind to call these comments wrong; they were ridiculous. Not only because (as Putnam acknowledged) believers personally give abundantly to charity, but because institutionally the churches of America use “all their resources” in ways that completely belie the idea that they’re obsessed with culture war." -- Ross Douthat, the New York Times