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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Wesleyan Press (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971114625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971114623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Weaver on June 8, 2005
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In hierarchical and authoritarian institutions like today's Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention, debate and dissent are discouraged. Mainline denominations are heir to forms of governance that are representative and transparent. It is the openness of the governance processes of these churches that the radical right has exploited to turn them into battle grounds in the culture wars. Attacks on mainline Protestant churches are meant to discredit these democratic bodies so to impose rule by strict dogma and autocratic governance. This tactic is often on view when the conservative "renewal" factions in the mainline denominations foment internal dissent and generate conflict. In some cases, unaware theologically conservative Christians seeking spiritual renewal are being used by the "renewal" factions for hardball political power designs.

The question remains, why would Richard Melon Scaife, Adolf Coors, Howard Ahmanson, the Bradley Foundation, the Olin Foundation, and other secular political operatives care about funding a multi-million dollar crusade against mainline churches and the National Council of Churches(NCC)?

Think about this: While the members of churches affiliated with the National Council of Churches account for about a quarter of the population, approximately half of the members of the U.S. Congress say they are members of these communions. NCC church members' influence is disproportionate to their numbers and include remarkably high numbers of leaders in politics, business, and culture. The prevailing ethos of American culture is and has been shaped by the leadership and membership of theses churches. Moreover, these churches are some of the largest land owners in the U.S.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Henre on August 26, 2007
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Swecker gives an excellent background of how organizations that are not the church, like the Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD) have assulted mainline churches with agenda causing some of the issues mainline churches face today. He gives good historical background and the make-up of these organizations including the names of the board of directors, to illustrate how a few folk who are not within the mainline church organizational structure can infulence change. He also calls to accountability the church to "wake up" and see what is really going on. An excellent read .
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In this book, Swecker provides insight into the IRD--the Institute on Religion and Democracy-- a group (with a number of satellite groups encircling it) that's stated purpose is to, "monitor, comment, and report on issues affecting the Church." Swecker works in "Hard Ball..." to make the case that the IRD is ,in reality, a group that is seeking to undermine church leadership in several of the so-called mainline churches, particularly targeting leaders who take in interest-in and stances -against practices and causes that tend to enrich certain people (the 1%) at the expense of others (the 99%.)
I'll leave it to the reader to decide whether Swecker's argument holds water or not, but will say that anyone who has an interest-in,or love-for church should read this little book of his.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Buxton on April 12, 2013
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This book 'follows the money' in delving into motivations for policy positions taken. Passionate without being irrationally emotional, it fills the gaps in the progressive-conservatiove debates.
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