Why the Christian Right Is Wrong: A Minister's Manifesto for Taking Back Your Faith, Your Flag...
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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2008
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—Robin Meyers, from his "Speech Heard Round the World"
Millions of Americans are outraged at the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies and even angrier that the nation's religious conservatives have touted these policies as representative of moral values. Why the Christian Right Is Wrong is a rousing manifesto that will ignite the collective conscience of all whose faith and values have been misrepresented by the Christian Right.
Praise for Why the Christian Right Is Wrong:
"In the pulpit, Robin Meyers is the new generation's Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, and Martin Luther King. In these pages, you will find a stirring message for our times, from a man who believes that God's love is universal, that the great Jewish prophets are as relevant now as in ancient times, and that the Jesus who drove the money changers from the Temple may yet inspire us to embrace justice and compassion as the soul of democracy. This is not a book for narrow sectarian minds; read it, and you will want to change the world."
"In this book, a powerful and authentic religious voice from America's heartland holds up a mirror to the Bush administration and its religious allies. The result is a vision of Orwellian proportions in which values are inverted and violence, hatred, and bigotry are blessed by one known as 'The Prince of Peace,' who called us to love our enemies. If you treasure this country and tremble over its present direction, this book is a must-read!"
—John Shelby Spong author, The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible's Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love
"This is a timely warning and a clarion call to the church to recover the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to a great nation to resist the encroachment of the Christian Right and of Christian fascism. Many of us in other parts of the world are praying fervently that these calls will be heeded."
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
SkotiadGender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Way way too negativeJuly 15, 2013SkotiadGender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Since I identify as an evangelical, I didn't expect I'd like everything about this book. However, since we are all human, we can sometimes learn from our critics. Unfortunately, this author, who is a pastor, is not doling out constructive criticism, this is one long rant. If he had chosen to focus on the positive elements of liberal churches the book might have been more of a pleasure to read, but I get the impression he is speaking to people who fully agree with him and share his distaste for conservative Christians. In making his case, he seriously mischaracterizes evangelicals, claiming we worship a "Warrior Christ," which is just nonsense. He claims evangelicals' religion is "fear-based," which apparently means that our clinging to orthodox beliefs is not because we are being faithful Christians but because we fear all forms of change. He claims evangelicals have an "us-against-them," mentality, which is ironic, because the whole book has an us-against-them mentality. I am accustomed to agnostics and atheists referring to Christians as "haters," but it's more disturbing to having an ordained minister do the same page after page, and "hater" is not the word I would apply to any evangelical I know.
I cannot recommend this book. I think that even many liberals would be turned off by its harshness. The liberal churches have been declining in membership for many years now, and I have to wonder if this author's attitude (assuming other liberal pastors share his beliefs) might be one of the causes.