The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity - eBook  -     By: Wendy Murray Zoba
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Image Entertainment
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 9780307423870
ISBN-13: 9780307423870
Availability: In Stock

Library Journal

Bearing the imprimatur of Beliefnet, a multifaith web site, this short book is an easy read that answers many questions about the different expressions of evangelicalism: who are evangelicals? Why have they become such a dominant voice? What do they really believe? What do current events have to do with the "Left Behind" books? What makes them so judgmental? What is the meaning of "fundamentalist"? Why do gay rights and abortion top some evangelical agendas? Why are faith-based social programs so effective? And why do some evangelicals have opposing views with respect to the environment and women's issues? Zoba (Day of Reckoning: Columbine and the Search for America's Soul), a Time magazine regional reporter, a senior writer for Christianity Today, and an award-winning journalist, covers a lot of ground carefully and without apparent bias. A short suggested reading list is included as well. Recommended for all libraries.-George Westerlund, formerly with Providence P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Here we have evangelical Christianity in a nutshell, written by a former Time and Christianity Today journalist who describes herself as an evangelical. Using Beliefnet's characteristically breezy and accessible writing style, Zoba tells the truth about evangelical Christians. They are not all in agreement on political issues such as abortion and homosexuality; they don't all reject the theory of evolution; and while most believe in the inerrancy of the Bible ("when scripture says something, it is telling the truth"), they interpret scripture in a variety of ways. This guide claims that evangelicals share certain core religious values: they believe humans must have a "born again" experience to become Christians, emphasize a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, trust in the reliability of the Bible and "feel obliged to share their faith in Jesus (which they believe saves them from eternal damnation) with other people, in order to save them, too, from eternal damnation." The book works overtime to rescue evangelical Christianity from the notion that it promotes only individual concerns, with Zoba emphasizing the many ways evangelicals are working hard toward social justice and the alleviation of poverty. This guide delivers what it promises-a broad view of evangelicalism designed to help readers be more tolerant and accepting of this branch of Christianity. (June 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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