Bad Religion

To the Far Right Christian Hater...You Can Be a Good Speller or a Hater, But You Can't Be Both: Official Hate Mail, Threats, and Criticism from the Archives ... of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/27/2017 - 10:02

"From the six-time Nobel Peace Prize nominated Military Religious Freedom Foundation's official archives comes this jaw-dropping collection of hate mail, threats, and criticisms of the MRFF's efforts to ensure that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. "

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 06:46

"Kathryn Joyce's fascinating introduction to the world of the patriarchy movement and Quiverfull families examines the twenty-first-century women and men who proclaim self-sacrifice and submission as model virtues of womanhood—and as modes of warfare on behalf of Christ. Here, women live within stringently enforced doctrines of wifely submission and male headship, and live by the Quiverfull philosophy of letting God give them as many children as possible so as to win the religion and culture wars through demographic means. "

The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:27

"From Justin Bieber, to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, to the controversial documentary Jesus Camp (2006), the New Apostolic Reformation's influence can be seen everywhere in mainstream America. Beginning with an examination of the Latter Rain, Church Growth and Shepherding movements, this book explores how the new Reformation has become one of the most powerful movements in modern evangelical Christianity and a major influence on American political and cultural life.

The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Submitted by RWMaster on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 07:02

"Pop worship music. Falling in love with Jesus. Mission trips. Wearing jeans and T-shirts to church. Spiritual searching and church hopping. Faith-based political activism. Seeker-sensitive outreach. These now-commonplace elements of American church life all began as innovative ways to reach young people, yet they have gradually become accepted as important parts of a spiritual ideal for all ages. What on earth has happened?

Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:50

"In Holy Misogyny, bible scholar April DeConick wants real answers to the questions that are rarely whispered from the pulpits of the contemporary Christian churches. Why is God male? Why are women associated with sin? Why can't women be priests? Drawing on her extensive knowledge of the early Christian literature, she seeks to understand the conflicts over sex and gender in the early church-what they were and what was at stake.

Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:17

"When you think of saints, you envision stained-glass pictures of piety. But the truth can be horribly different. Consider Saint Pius V: As Grand Inquisitor, he sent Catholic troops to kill 2,000 Waldensian Protestants in southern Italy. After becoming pope, he sent Catholic troops to kill Huguenot Protestants in France. Pius also launched the final crusade against Muslims, sending a Christian naval armada to slaughter thousands in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. And, he intensified the Roman Inquisition, torturing and burning Catholics whose beliefs varied from official dogma.

Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All of It Back

Submitted by RWMaster on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:25

"By the time he was nineteen, Frank Schaeffer’s parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer, had achieved global fame as bestselling evangelical authors and speakers, and Frank had joined his father on the evangelical circuit. He would go on to speak before thousands in arenas around America, publish his own evangelical bestseller, and work with such figures as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Dr. James Dobson. But all the while Schaeffer felt increasingly alienated, precipitating a crisis of faith that would ultimately lead to his departure—even if it meant losing everything.

American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

Submitted by RWMaster on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 09:39

" In the first comprehensive history of American evangelicalism to appear in a generation, Matthew Sutton shows how charismatic Protestant preachers, anticipating the end of the world, paradoxically transformed it. Narrating the story from the perspective of the faithful, he shows how apocalyptic thinking influences the American mainstream today. "