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Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite Hardcover – September 24, 2007
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"A clear-eyed, evenhanded analysis of evangelical influence that dispenses with overheated fears of theocracy to present a complex and nuanced portrait."
"Faith in the Halls of Power provides an extraordinary map of faith and power today." --Joseph Kip Kosek, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"A book for serious readers, with insights into how Christians have shaped aspects of Republican Party policy; how they've engaged with the intellectual elite...and how corporate America has many Christians in the boardrooms." --Christianity
"As Lindsay demonstrates with overwhelming evidence, the rise of religious conservatives is a carefully orchestrated, well-financed, and systematic effort to inject evangelicals into the center of American society. ...revelatory." --Symposium
"The single finest account of the goals, ambitions, challenges, and complexities of evangelical elites I have ever read."--The Journal of Law and Religion
Top Customer Reviews
With that being said, I saw an except/interview about this book posted on a Christian website one day and thought I should attempt to give it a read.
And wow, did it offer a very unique view into the world of powerful evangelicals in our country and the way they think about their work and faith! I highly recommend it if you're a person of faith or just someone curious as to the influence these people of faith have on our culture. I do wish it did a more intensive treatment of this but it's still a fascinating look.
As an intellectual person I thought the critiques of their churches by these people of power was right on despite being quite sad at the same time. I can't say that I'm all the way in terms of their attitudes and connections to church but I'm definitely closer to them than my family and friends are.
Be warned though, this is quite an academic-type of read so I'm not sure it accessible for the general population and this general lack of excitement and relevance is why I couldn't ever give it a perfect score.
Since his departure from Rice University for a new leadership role in higher education as a College President, I'm looking forward to Lindsay's new book "View From the Top," and how his experience as a College president might translate to his next book.
In this book, Lindsay offers a clear definition of and paints a full-color portrait of the American evangelical microcosm as it exists at the beginning of the 21st Century. Evangelicals of often misunderstood and mislabeled -even within the Body of Christ - so the author's clear and unambiguous definition sets the stage beautifully for his treatment of some of the movement's key leaders and influencers:
"I define an evangelical as someone who believes (1) that the Bible is the supreme authority for religious belief and practice, (2) that he or she has personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and (3) that one should take a transforming, activist approach to faith.Read more ›
I met Dr. Michael and spoke to him briefly in October, 2013 in New Jersey. He is full of life and fit as a fiddle to lead and serve at
Gordon College. He himself benefited personally from the answers he received from his survey.
I don't like the fact that little is written by Dr Lindsay about the working class who will bring and be behind the next Great Awakening in the US. Immigrants will be praying and reading the Bible and turning from sin. That may awake everyone!!! (Brazilians, Vietnames, those from all over the planet!)
Johnathon Edwards and George Whitefield and Azuza Street 1906 California believers and the JESUS PEOPLE that Larry Eskridge writes about in
God's Forever People, just published in the last year by Oxford UNIV Press, saw great sweeping cultural changes in the US in their time.
One Evangelical said, though, "The culture never was ours." Evangelicals will never see everyone in the US turn to the Bible and start praying and going to Bible believing churches.
Dr. Lindsay deserves five stars out of five though, for his research. Read it. Buy it!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
enjoyed this book. Looking forward to a sequel. Well designed and well thought out research.Published 4 months ago by RP XMD
A very comprehensive work. A catalyst for extensive discussion of evangelicals in American society. Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Frank H. Tranzow
Lindsay presents a well-researched message for anyone interested in the evangelical community and its influence in universities, business, and politics. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Evangelical Scholar
I have only read the first 20 pages. I wonder at this point if he will discuss the reality that people talk "religious talk" while at the same time motivated more for public... Read morePublished on June 19, 2008 by Owen F. Ireland
Influence - funny word, interesting concept. Michael Lindsay, professor at Rice University, examines the idea of cultural influence and how evangelicals - those who would say they... Read morePublished on March 26, 2008 by Dan Panetti
This extensively researched book by Lindsay exposes the many misconceptions concerning those who identify themselves as evangelicals in Christian faith. Read morePublished on March 21, 2008 by David L. Neidert
Having been touted in the Wall Street Journal and published by Oxford University Press, Faith in the Halls of Power by D. Read morePublished on February 18, 2008 by Ralph Drollinger