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—Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Bad Religion is superb: sharply critical of the amazing variety of American religious pathologies, but fair; blunt in diagnosis, but just; telling a dark tale, but telling it hopefully. For those trying to understand the last half-century or more of American religion, and to strive for a better future, it is an indispensable book."
—Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
"Ross Douthat's thoughtful, articulate, wide-ranging, sometimes contrarian and always provocative new book asks a tough question: Why has Christianity been so misunderstood, and so misused, in the past few decades? From those who (foolishly) watered down the most basic Christian beliefs, to those who (falsely) promised worldly success to the followers of Jesus, the values of orthodoxy (literally, "right belief") have often been blithely set aside. With an impressive command of both history and contemporary social trends, Douthat shows not only how we ended up with a Christianity of our own making, but also how we can reclaim an adherence to the teachings of the real Jesus—not just the convenient one."
—James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
"Bad Religion is nothing short of prophetic. In a time of religious, political, and cultural upheaval, Ross Douthat tells the American faithful—liberals, conservatives, and everybody in between—not what we want to hear, but what we desperately need to hear. With this provocative and challenging work that no thoughtful Christian can afford to ignore, Douthat assures his place in the first rank of his generation's public intellectuals."
—Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons and senior editor of The American Conservative
"A brilliantly reasoned argument for orthodox Christianity and the need for vibrant faith in society. In this perceptive and timely work, Ross Douthat extolls the ‘vital center’ of belief while calling out the fashionable heretics among us. This is one ‘Bad Religion’ we can all believe in."
—Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, host of EWTN's The World Over Live
"Mr. Douthat offers a lively, convincing argument for what kind of religion we need." (Mark Oppenheimer New York Times)
"Bad Religion" is an important book. It brings a probing, perceptive analysis to bear on the tragic hollowing out of American Christianity. In Douthat, readers have a guide who explains how we ended up drinking at a narcissistic trough draped in spirituality that doesn't quench anybody's deepest thirst...." (G. Jeffrey MacDonald Christian Science Monitor) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book it well written and meticulously researched.
There is something in this book to make just about anyone squirm, but in a way that I think will help readers to grow and learn about themselves.
Ross Douthat's newest book is a great overview of the situation that 21st century American Christianity finds itself in.
Douthat has digested an impressive body of cultural commentary into a very readable narrative of current, popular distortions of Christian orthodoxy. Read morePublished 11 days ago by robert lewis
gave this as gifts to family and friends and enjoyed reading it myself. very readable and interesting much food for thought and good in a book club discussion.Published 1 month ago by Kahleen Turner
clear precise unbiased review of the Christianreligious scene in USA for past 80 odd years... excellent insights and analysisPublished 1 month ago by Dennis Bartlett
Interesting and well-documented. The analysis was more compelling than the recommendations/suggestions to improve matters.Published 1 month ago by V. P. English
Great analysis of how religion has evolved over time. Ross is very descriptive and thorough with many references. Well done.Published 1 month ago by sporter84
One of the best books I've ever read. He's informed, writes well and has accurately identified
the source of America's problems.