Fortunately, this radical contingent is too small a minority to be a physical threat.Howbeit, I hope that Joe remembers that it was a small but radical group of highly organized people who back in beginning of the 20th Century managed to get control of the levers of power in Russia. But I guess I shouldn't be worried too much; it could never happen here.
But even if it were to happen, it wouldn't be the conservative xtians who'd stage such a bolshevik-style coup: No, they are much too disorganized—and far too busy perpetually fighting among themselves—ever to be able to pull off such a feat. Furthermore, as they watch their jobs get offshored and the infrastructure of America get shipped overseas, xtians are simply too bogged down, like everybody else, paying their mortgages, and paying off their credit cards, and paying their taxes. The taxes in turn get used by the government to build public schools so the xtians can send their kids there to learn atheism and how to perform sodomy. By the way, in regards to this, the last Barna statistic I heard was that only 4% of children ages 13 through 18 (middle and high schools years) ever manage to form any deep and lasting commitment to XP. I guess this proves just how effective the public schools have been in fostering correct forms of "progressive thinking".
So the condition of the Church in American is overall really one of miserable defeat and, metaphorically at least, could be aptly typified by what is found by reading the Book of Judges in the Old Testament: Completely subjugated, we are too busy serving the foreign gods—gods our fathers have not known—and besides that, we are ruled over by the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perrizites, Hivites, Jebusites, and the Five Lords of the Philistines (who, I guess, could correspond to Darwin, Marx, Freud, Kinsey & Sagan, but the exact combinatorics are academic). Therefore, I don't think the aforementioned "Left-leaning chattering classes" really have anything to worry about: by means of the "network of mutually shared and enlightened consensus", they've already have firm control of all the major newspapers, the news media, the courts, the public schools, the colleges and universities, most of the government, and even most of the seminaries. And, just for the delicious irony of it all, things have even have cleverly arranged things so that the tax dollars xtians pay are also used to fund NPR and PBS (so Bill Moyers can get air time to explain, in so many words, why Bible-believing xtians are jackasses), and to fund the National Endowment for the Arts (so all the clever "artists" out there can make "statements" using ingenious combinations of urine and ordure and crucifixes). Yet, strangely enough, in spite of all the power it already wields, which lies securely and tightly in its grip, the "reality-based, progressive community" recently has managed somehow to spook itself into thinking, with horrified dread, that all is on the verge of being lost. Sorry, friends, such a demarche is not going to happen. So please get over the perfervid vapors—we xtians are simply not that clever. But, if need be, go ahead and wear your tee-shirts screen-printed with the words "so many xtians, so few lions". And go ahead and kick us around some more, if it really helps to make you feel any better. We will simply turn the other cheek and not complain.
On a different note, since I am currently studying the life and ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson, I went out and bought another biography. This time it was written by Edith L. Blumhofer and entitled "Aimee Semple McPherson—Everybody's Sister", and was published by Eerdmans back in 2003. Blumhofer is billed on the back cover as an associate professor of history and director of the "Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals" at Wheaton College, which as I recall is one of those big-name xtian universities over on the west coast. (Wow! They actually have whole "Institutions" dedicated to studying evangelicals? What a strange thought! It's as if they were exotic specimens from the planet Zeta Reticuli 4.) Right now I'm still midway through Epstein's biography, which is very interesting, and so I won't get to Blumhofer's book until later. However, the fours years I once spent in a "xtian college" have steeled me to be always very cautious and guarded when it comes to anything professors at "xtian colleges" might have to say. It's sadly too often the case that there's far more stone-hearted, godless unbelief in "xtian colleges" than anywhere else.