Cold Anger: A Story of Faith and Power Politics

Submitted by RWMaster on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 07:59

"Cold Anger is an important book about the empowerment of working-class communities through church-based social activism. Such activism is certainly not new, but the conscious merger of community organizing tactics with religious beliefs may be. The organizing approach comes from Aul Alinsky and his Industrial Areas Foundations (IAF). . . . The book is structured around the political life of Ernesto Cortes, Jr., the lead IAF organizer who has earned recognition as one of the most powerful individuals in Texas (and who has been featured on Bill Moyers' "World of Ideas"). . . .

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. "

Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right's Alternate Version of American History Vol 2

Submitted by RWMaster on Fri, 01/06/2017 - 10:47

" Liars for Jesus debunks many of the historical lies invented and used by the Christian nationalist history revisionists in their efforts to further their far right political agenda and destroy the wall of separation between church and state in America. Liars for Jesus is not a book about religion. It is a history book, setting the record straight by presenting and fully documenting the true stories and historical facts that are distorted in the "Christian nation" pseudo-history of our country. "

My Favorite Bumper Stickers

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 12/11/2016 - 15:13
  • I’m for the Separation of Church and Hate
  • Instead of being born again, why not just GROW UP?
  • Last Time We Mixed Politics with Religion…People Got Burned at the Stake
  • Minds are like parachutes…They only function when OPEN
  • Question Reality
  • Choice, What a beautiful right
  • Freedom of Religion Means ANY Religion
  • If only closed minds came with closed mouths
  • God Bless the Whole World - No Exceptions
  • Don't believe everything you think!

Candida Moss on Whether Christian Martyrs are a Myth

Submitted by RWMaster on Sun, 11/20/2016 - 13:27

"I recently got my hands on a copy of Dr. Candida Moss's latest book, "The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom." As a person of faith and an academic, I was fascinated and challenged by some of her findings about how ancient Christian martyr stories continue to affect how many Christians understand their faith today, and I wanted to know more. What follows is an in-depth series of questions that I asked to Dr. Moss, who's a New Testament scholar at Notre Dame University:

So Dr. Moss, what led you to write this book?