4 Stars Out Of 5
November 1, 2016
I have always enjoyed George Barnas books. Im a statistical and data driven person. Knowing the statistics of churches and Christianity and other religions throughout the world is captivating.
George researches different religions in America and boils down 7 faith tribes religions that are most prominent within the United States covering 99% of all Americans. These 7 faith tribes include Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, New Age/Eastern religions, Agnostics & Atheists, and Christians. Further descriptors include Casual Christians, Captive Christians, Panthiests, and Skeptics.
A majority of this book takes on a very patriotic feel something not typical of Barnas other books. Minus the first couple chapters, the entire book is focused on utilizing the information regarding the 7 faith tribes to restore America to its proper position.
Do you want the United States to be great again?
He calls for Inter-Faith Cooperation and Understanding. He argues the importance of every faith tribe to admit they possess significantly different worldviews but within the framework of those worldviews lies a base of values that we can all agree upon. The power of those shared values constitutes the glue that can hold this country together.
"What we need in the United States is not division, what we need in the United States is not hatred, what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black."
Most of what Barna argues for it great. Division, hatred, violence, lawlessness are all actions most people do not desire. What I dont like about Barnas presentation is his call for all tribes to come to an agreeable tolerance of each other. He is taking the approach that all religions will get you to heaven. Obviously many Americans believe this but many also do not. As a Christian, it is blatantly clear in the Bible that only believers in Jesus Christ will obtain the salvation we seek.
The book in general was good information but not exactly what I was expecting nor to the standard that I would have expected from Barna.