Trying to understand evangelicalism or conservative Christianity having never had the full evangelical “experience” significantly limits one’s ability to understand them or the movement. It’s like the worlds best male gynecologist understanding pregnancy and delivery. He may be more qualified academically than women but he can never fully appreciate the experience of child birth.
I have read hundreds of articles over the years by journalists, philosophers, liberal Christians and just about anybody else who wants to throw their opinion hat in the ring. All seem to get some things right but most seem to miss the profound power of a Christian’s daily, dynamic, personal experience with their God. An experience so affirming as to supersede the most cogent and convincing arguments from science, logic or common sense posed against it.