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Bad ReligionFrom the popular New York Times columnist a powerful and original critiue of how American Christianity has gone astray and the deeply troubling conseuences for American life and politics As the youngest ever op ed columnist for The New York Times and the author of the critically acclaimed books Privilege and Grand New Party Ross Douthat has emerged as one of the most provocative and influential voices of his generation Now he offers a masterful and hard hitting account of how American Christianity has gone off the rails and why it threatens to take American society. One of the best books on contemporary Christianity that I have ever encountered The first half of the book serves as an excellent history of the Christian faith as it has waxed and waned across the shores of the 20th and 21st centuries The second half of the book offers deeply perceptive analysis of 4 dominant heretical tendencies gnosticism and the oversimplification of Jesus the worship of the self via the god within theology prosperity gospel teaching and Christian nationalism that threaten to subvert orthodox Christianity Douthat is well researched and he refreshingly avoids simplistic analysis and crass generalization I especially appreciated his insight that at the core of heresy is the impulse to oversimplify orthodox Christian belief by emphasizing one thing at the expense of others and thereby denying the deep and abiding complexity tension and mystery that pervades orthodox Christian belief In that manner I found Douthat to be deeply in line with past insightful Christian thinkers such as GK Chesterton and CS Lewis Fortunately for the diligent reader Douthat closes the book with his own thoughts about how to recover authentic Christianity against the challenges of false theologies and I found his suggestions to be both compelling and true and I look forward to thinking about such a proposal against the history and framework that Douthat has afforded me through this book

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With itIn a story that moves from the 1950s to the age of Obama Douthat brilliantly charts traditional Christianity’s decline from a vigorous mainstream and bipartisan faith which acted as a “vital center” and the moral force behind the Civil Rights movement through the culture wars of the 1960s and 1970s down to the polarizing debates of the present day He argues that Christianity’s place in American life has increasingly been taken over not by atheism but by heresy Debased versions of Christian faith that breed hubris greed and self absorption Ranging fr. An interesting examination of how Americans arrived at our present religious and political stalemate The author charts the course of American Christianity from its post WW2 resurgence to its current fragmented and often unrecognizable state In keeping with its Nation of Heretics subtitle it offers a relatively non partisan explanation for the religious aspect of our national polarization in the form of several opposing but eually destructive heresies that have that subverted people from the true faith into dysfunctional and ineffective substitutes

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Summary Ñ Bad Religion ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ì From the popular New York Times columnist a powerful and original critiue of how American Christianity has gone astray — and the deeply troubling conseuences for American life and politics As the youngest ever op ed columnist for The New York Times and the author of Om Glenn Beck to Eat Pray Love Joel Osteen to The Da Vinci Code Oprah Winfrey to Sarah Palin Douthat explores how the prosperity gospel’s mantra of “pray and grow rich”; a cult of self esteem that reduces God to a life coach; and the warring political religions of left and right have crippled the country’s ability to confront our most pressing challenges and accelerated American declineHis urgent call for a revival of traditional Christianity is sure to generate controversy and it will be vital reading for all those concerned about the imperiled American future. I had noticed that TS of Video meliora proboue; Deteriora seuor had been reading through Bad Religion How We Became a Nation of Heretics by Ross Douthat and uoting passages from it The title and subtitle intrigued me as does the author and so I added it to my wish list and finally got around to buying and reading itThis book is sort of a history and critiue of Christianity as practiced by Americans especially in the last seventy or so years His critiue is that we are a nation of heretics and that really we have always been a nation of heretics from the foundation of the country What has changed is the amount of orthodoxy as practiced by the various strains of American Christianity His use of the word heretics is the general term of use and not a precise canonical oneAs a critiue the history provided is of the major trends and personalities involved along with snapshots of data to help you put it all into context We see how these religious trends often intersected with societal ones and how and they took on political tones These movements within Christianity as practiced in America paralleled movements of thought from Europe resulting in very American formulations of it along with negative reactions to this He breaks up these movements into two basic areas of accommodation and resistance and reviews both the Protestant and Catholic sides of it Accommodation being the various forms predominate in a liberal Christianity along with resistance like the neo Orthodox movement This makes up the first half of the book and provides a very readable summary of this history along with exploring the philosophies and personalities behind itThe second half of the book looks at the various heresies that are predominant now The culture and the media’s fascination with some of the so called lost gospels and other gnostic writings used to beat Christianity shows the old adage about “any stick will do” From the inept translation of the Gospel of Judas as headed by the National Geographic to so much nonsense that has made it to the History Channel we see how that stick is used They will call the Catholic Church anti women while promoting the “Gospel” of Thomas where you have to become a man to go to HeavenHe also explores those who promote a materialistic prosperity gospel of “Name it and claim it” the Word of Faith movement I find it no surprise that this movement developed in the US and also not a surprise that it runs parallels to the New Age teaching of the “the law of attraction” as espoused in so many books Oprah promoted Strains of Dr Norman Vincent Peale “The Power of Positive Thinking” have taken some strange pathsNew Age emphasis on the “God within” has also made many inroads and entries into not only the popular culture but also the retreat house It is almost despairing when books like Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love” which exhibit a toxic selfishness not only becomes a best seller but a movie also But when the god is within you than sin is dispelled and whatever you happen to be doing is of course part of the will of the god within for you Mystical pantheism dressed up in radical selfishnessI found especially interesting the last chapter “The City on the Hill” which looks in part at the various religiouspolitical intersections and how they have played out in our history The alternations between messianic and apocalyptic views which and are existing in parallel These intersections were to the good in the Civil Rights movements where we had both sides of the political divide along with the parallel elements in various churches Ross Douthat analysis of this success of this only highlights the failure of modern religious and political partisanship This is certainly not a simple “liberal bad conservatives good” book as I think he gives a fair analysis regarding both sides I certainly did not agree with all of his analysis but when I didn’t I was apt to look at my own ideas and see if perhaps I was mistaken or needed to reevaluate something The conclusion of the book reflects both his “spirit of pessimism” and a hopeful optimismThis book has been written in a spirit of pessimism but for both Americans and Christians pessimism should always be provisional Even in an era of disarray Americans can draw confidence from our nation’s remarkable past with its stories of expectations confounded obstacles overcome declines reversed and better futures attained Christians have an even stronger source of confidence the belief that history has an Author and that the destiny of both their country and their creed is in God’s handsRoss Douthat as a Catholic knows that the promise concerning the Church’s protection from the Gates of Hell does not mean a protection of American Christianity as he points out He does not pretend to predict how this ebbs and flows of Christianity within the context of the United States will play out but he also knows that there have been many predicted ends for itAs a writer Ross Douthat is really a joy to read and I especially liked the precision in what he wrote Some people will use their large vocabulary as a spotlight to show how bright they are I don’t think that was the case here but I am glad I read the ebook version where a dictionary definition was only a finger press away When he did use unfamiliar words I found they were perfected fitted to what he was saying