"For decades, Boston University sociologist Peter Berger says, American intellectuals have looked down on evangelicals.
Evangelicals say people often see them as Bible-banging, evolution-hating caricatures.
It's time that attitude changed, he says.
"That was probably never correct, but it's totally false now and I think the image should be corrected," Berger said in a recent interview.
Now, his university's Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs is leading a two-year project that explores an "evangelical intelligentsia" which Berger says is growing and needs to be better understood, given the large numbers of evangelicals and their influence."