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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.
I thought is was a very provocative book, well worth reading and discussing.
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.
Good material for reflection. Though I felt the work lacked depth in terms of understanding the faith, I found enough worthy ideas to stimulate some reflection.Published 18 hours ago by Gregory Stone
Great book about the current state of Christianity in America. Well worth the read.Published 15 days ago by Philip Daniels
This book gave me some new insights into the nature of American religion. According to Douthat, America is not becoming more secularized, but religious. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Charles Bennett
This book really makes you think. It is written mostly from a Catholic perspective, but I still got a lot out of even though I'm a Methodist. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Just Me
Douthat's thought rings true as he cites the reasons Mainline Christianity has drifted away from orthodoxyPublished 1 month ago by Reel Grumpy
I belong to a book club and these books were selected by the group.
All agreed that they were very easy to read, all were very inforative anf were worth the time readng... Read more
I couldn't even finish this book. It was a lot of abstract blabber and pontificating, hardly accessible. Douthat is so bitter towards those to the left of him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by VMG
Douthat has digested an impressive body of cultural commentary into a very readable narrative of current, popular distortions of Christian orthodoxy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert lewis