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From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism Hardcover – July 7, 2011
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The rallying voices of the last twenty five years (Robertson, Dobson, Falwell, etc.) are aging and dying. A transition is underway. Tensions are surfacing between evangelicals and the Right. Evangelical baby boomers are drifting to the left. Rick Warren is given as an example. There is an evangelicalism discomfort with conservatism. 9)
With this introduction, Hart gives a historical account of evangelical politics since WW II. Evangelicals saw the Bible as a better guide to the affairs of the U. S. than the constitution or the tenets of federalism. The evangelical intelligentsia is moving to the political left and they are the ones teaching in Christian colleges, writing books, and training future pastors.
Born again Protestants claim to be conservative but their assumptions and aims are at odds with conservatism. If evangelicals want to be classically conservative, they need to reconsider the way faith relates to politics. "This reconsideration will involve the recovery of an older Augustinian view of the relationship between the City of God and the City of Man, in which the ultimate purposes of history are not located in the rise and fall of empires or republics but in the church of Jesus Christ." 17-18 "Rather than looking at the American nation as the divinely instituted polity to make straight the way of the Lord," they must see the relatively unimportance of the nation-state for such ends.Read more ›
Perhaps the most glaring weakness of this book is its anachronistic characterization of the evangelical community. Despite the availability of numerous studies and polls which have assayed the political priorities of evangelical voters in the past half-dozen election cycles, Hart does not even attempt to use this data to support his thesis. Rather, he invokes a handful of quotes from 1970's-era political personalities (Senator Mark Hatfield, Jerry Falwell) and modern day left-wing progressives (Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo) as the benchmarks of evangelical political thought, while ignoring the fact that the contemporary evangelical community is overwhelmingly suburban, well-educated, civically engaged, and politically and theologically sophisticated. As a result, the purported conflict between evangelicals and conservatives is reduced to a handful of peripheral issues (school prayer, teaching creationism), while glossing over the overwhelmingly broad consensus they share on the important ones - strong national defense, limited government, and the inherent dignity of human life.Read more ›
I "Looked Inside" per Amazon's great feature, and saw from the index that the Billy Graham of the title is mentioned on eight pages. And the Sarah Palin of the title? Four pages.
And I read the two pages in the front of the book on Palin, which consist of a stringing together of misinformation from the media of 2008, which more than 70% of U.S. voters acknowledge were grossly biased and partisan.
If Mr. Hart did any in-depth research about Governor Palin, he would see that she was a strict Constitutionalist as Governor - and actually fits his desired mold for a Christian in politics - rather than using her as an example of what he apparently does not want from Christian politicians. The fact that Mr. Hart actually trusts the research of the national media shows that he is unaware of the Journolist email listserv: Check out the Daily Caller's series of articles on Journolist [...].
Is Mr. Hart aware, for example, that despite Governor Palin's lived beliefs regarding right to life, she actually came under fire from Alaskan family and right to life groups, because she did not make it a part of her governing agenda? Because Governor Palin thought that it was more important to clean up the corruption among elected officials per the Constitution and ethical governing?
I invite Mr. Hart to actually research Governor Palin's governing record before misusing her in his titles to sell books.
I repeat: How Christian is it to use name dropping to sell a book?
For Mr. Hart, 12 pages out of a 252-page book is apparently enough to sensationalize the title for sales. Since the book is currently #134,661 in sales at Amazon, I'm glad to see the cynical, sensational ploy didn't work.