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Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion Paperback – June 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097719728X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977197286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheldon Culver is an ordained minister serving on the Conference staff of the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. She is also a Diplomate with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Sheldon has served congregations in Illinois and Missouri during her 33 years of ordained ministry. Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer is a member of the Conference Staff for the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is also a weekly contributor on the website talk2action.org.

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Esther W. Shoup on August 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Steeplojacking, is not only hot off the press, it is a very timely book for many main line Christian denominations. In short the fundamentalist think they are the only Christians and all should believe/accept their interpretations of the Bible.
Note: It was exactly what was happening in my local church over a period of few years. At least 75% of the members are bewilder and bruised by the vote taken in July. They failed to understand the significance to the total church.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By napsman on July 12, 2007
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In Steeplejacking Culver and Dorhauser discuss the development of the Institute on Religion and Democracy from the early 1980s when it accused pastors of supporting communism, through the 90s when it accused them of supporting "radical feminism" and abortion, to the present day when its wedge issue is homosexuality (so why haven't they been targeting Ted Haggard?)

They describe "steeplejacking" as the takeover of churches by small groups who divide the membership, often alienating everyone but a core group. As UCC clergy they focus on congregations in their own denomination. Since UCC congregations own their own property, they are both vulnerable to steeplejacking, and they are rich prizes. In denominations like the United Methodist Church, where property belongs to the denomination itself, steeplejacking is a less viable strategy. Instead, there is a movement to split the United Methodist Church itself.

This is all deeply disturbing. I would probably be a little skeptical of their assertions if this was the first time I was hearing this, but it isn't. There appears to be an organised campaign against the mainline Protestant churches, and one that originates not within the churches, but from outside. But then...what do you expect of the "religious" right?
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By watzizname VINE VOICE on December 13, 2007
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This is a much-needed expose of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a benevolent-sounding name for a most un-benevolent organization. The IRD is a radical right-wing "political movement masquerading as a spiritual one." It is funded by the same individuals and organizations, such as the Sarah Scaife Foundation, that fund other right-wing political organizations. Their goal is to take over the mainline Christian churches, one congregation at a time, and turn them into fundamentalist "Christian" churches, thus destroying the mainline denominations; and their stealth tactics have succeeded in gaining control of many congregations, and voting them out of their denominations. Denominations presently under attack include Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ, and maybe others. Could YOUR congregation be next?

And if they run out of Protestant congregations to take over, and all liberal Protestant voices are bullied and intimidated into silence, then what? The more liberal Catholic congregations? Jewish congregations? Islamic? Baha'i? Hindu? Buddhist?

STEEPLEJACKING includes some practical suggestions for recognizing and countering IRD's hostile takover tactics.

This book is a must-read, as are Frederick Clarkson's Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, not only for every mainstream Protestant pastor or lay person, but likewise for Catholics and non-Christians as well. Your congregation could be next.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Robertson on July 21, 2007
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As a pastor of a mainline church I can only wish this book had been available more than 10 years ago. Culver and Dorhauer have written a timely and important book to help explain the political assault on the mainline Christian church today. I recommend this book to anyone who desire to stay faithful to the message of the Christian Gospel and to the mainline church.
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