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It looks like Dan Gilgoff has more or less come around to my position on Warren’s inauguration invocation. I think he’s quite right to suggest that Warren wanted to have it both ways–gesturing at inclusivity while sacrificing nothing to exclusivity. I do not presume to see into Warren’s true intentions–his heart, so to say–but it does seem to me that 1) Warren has demonstrated a pattern of wanting to appeal to larger audiences without doing anything to give his evangelical homeboys any theological basis for criticizing him; and 2) in this case, the evangelical folks who concern themselves with missions to Jews and Muslims would have gotten the message exactly. From what I can tell, there have been no objections from the right to Warren’s prayer, and that should tell you something.