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.