Could there be another Rev. Billy Graham? Andrew Dole, Amherst College professor of religion, marked the passing of the evangelist by pondering, in a column for The Conversation, the historical and sociological forces that brought about Graham’s rise as the pastor to presidents.
“It is true that Graham did not single-handedly rescue evangelicalism from fundamentalism, but his contribution remains unmatched,” Dole wrote.
“Success in the business of reviving evangelicalism will require more in the way of personal qualities than just integrity, charisma and good preaching: It will require a deep bench of supporters, whether persons or institutions, capable of withstanding criticism,” he concluded.