Finally, Pinsky has observed a less pugnacious attitude among younger, suburban evangelicals concerning evangelism. Unlike older generations of conservatives who push "below the belt issues,” these younger Christians from the 'burbs tend to be more moderately conservative.

 

For a Jew living among evangelicals, however, being on the receiving end of overt witnessing takes some getting used to.

 

“It’s in their spiritual DNA to proselytize. It defines them and is the essence of what they are,” Pinsky said. “As long as you understand the game and dynamic you can get along with it. But there are people who won’t take no for an answer, and that’s a big problem in a secular society.”

 

Pinsky followed with: “The problem is when you live in an area that is overwhelmingly Christian, where you get coerced prayer or ministers roaming the (school) halls.”

 

Fortunately, he said, that is the exception rather than the rule. Those who think otherwise are living in fantasy land.