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When Christians Get It Wrong Paperback – August, 2010
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When Christians Get it Wrong is not only an important book, it soothes the souls of those who have been rejected and hurt and harmed by the sort of Christianity that has become all too prevalent in modern day society (I've heard it distinguished from the Christianity Christ taught by calling it Leviticism or Christianism). Adam Hamilton targets 5 areas that are most cited by the young adults who are either leaving organized Christianity or uninterested in joining, voting with their feet against the way they perceive Christians to think and behave.
The main issues are: hypocrisy and acting in "unChristian" ways, beliefs about other religions, political involvement and anti-science, anti-homosexual views, and the question of where God is when suffering happens.
The last question is an eternal one that doesn't quite fit with the rest of the book and the author comes up with as good an answer as I've ever seen to it; however, I was much more intrigued by his addressing of the other 4 issues, because I agree with the young adults surveyed that all four things leave a bad taste in the mouths of many viewing Christianity (particularly the Christianity that grabs all the oxygen in the room these days). The author addresses each one humbly, and in all cases agrees that the behaviors perceived have been present.Read more ›
I am not a Christian. In fact, I consider myself to be an ex-Christian, at least in part because of some of the issues that author Hamilton brings up here in this excellent book. And yet, I've read some wonderful material from Christian scholars and pastors, and now I can add Hamilton's book to that category.
Hamilton has set out to catalog and address the issues that most seem to drive young people away from the church today. With scripture in one hand, logical analysis in the other, and with his heart firmly in the right place, he seeks to open a dialogue with older, more established members of the church and with some of the attitudes that are driving young people away.
For the most part, he succeeds admirably. Hamilton's tone is educational and explanatory, but it never feels like he's "talking down" to the audience; instead he seems very interested in always seeing all sides of a controversy. He explains his view of scripture, and why he thinks that disasters aren't God's punishment on people, and why he believes that evolution and Christianity are fully compatible. Throughout all his writing, there's these strong undercurrents of love and acceptance - Hamilton's God is clearly a god of love, and he wants to share it with his readers.
When this book gets it "right" it does so to the sound of my applause; for instance, I'm thrilled that Hamilton understands that to learn and teach others about "other religions", you MUST speak to people in that religion, rather than cribbing the writings of some OTHER Christian who may or may not have gotten it all terribly wrong.Read more ›
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Excellent book with Christian insight based on Christ's commandment to LOVE ONE ANOTHER!Published 6 months ago by Ruth Rill
Our adult Sunday School used this and we were very pleased at the video and group questions. Thought provoking and useful for teaching. Read morePublished 12 months ago by lifeisgood
Easy, quick read. Hits the points with great accuracy. Very helpful in recognizing what "not to do". Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Billie Bates