Lynchburg, Virginia, became the site of a battleground over the future of American evangelicalism last weekend.
On one side of the conflict was Liberty University, the evangelical Christian college founded by Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell (who died in 2007) and now run by his son, Jerry Falwell Jr.
Liberty has become a de factostronghold of pro-Trump evangelicals, and the younger Falwell has frequently spoken out in support of both the president and his policies. In 2017, he called Trump a “dream president.” Just last month, as debates about campus gun violence rocked the nation, the university opened a new gun range for students, celebrating it as a triumph of Christian values.
Leading the other camp was Shane Claiborne, the self-described “radical evangelical,” author, and activist, who lives in a faith-based intentional community in Philadelphia.