Thirty-five percent of Americans today are evangelical Christians, yet many people are uncertain of what that term actually means. The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity offers a clear, unbiased description of evangelical beliefs and practices, including how they have changed throughout history and what they are now. It also dispels many current misconceptions about this faith group and its followers. The Beliefnet Guide to Evangelical Christianity addresses topics such as evangelical Christians' approach to the accuracy of the Bible, their relationship with Jesus Christ, and the connection to conservative politics. Its nuts-and-bolts approach will appeal both to evangelicals who want to know more about the history of their tradition and community as well as to general readers who want to understand the rise of evangelicalism over the past decades.
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.
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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