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Having "spent [his] whole life trying to persuade people that 'liberal' is not a dirty word, and that Christianity is a way of life, not a set of creeds and doctrine demanding total agreement," Meyers, a United Church of Christ minister and Oklahoma City University professor of rhetoric, became an Internet celebrity when his November 2004 antiwar remarks bounced from continent to continent. In response, Meyers expanded 10 of his most salient points into a self-titled manifesto which not only highlights the dichotomy between the right's talk of Christian values and its walk—which he believes is characterized by shameful, immoral behavior—but provides a call to action. Patiently, he gives a series of impassioned reminders of the essence of what Jesus taught, believed and lived, perhaps best summarized by the stinging assertion that "most of all, the Christian Right seems to have forgotten that Jesus saved his white-hot anger for the sin of religious hypocrisy." Meyers maintains that prolife views, for example, should extend beyond the womb to death row, health care and the environment. For readers who are "indignant over the direction of this country" and feel thatthe time has come for "dignified, but tangible resistance," Meyers delivers an unambiguous, palpable blueprint. (May 26)
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Having "spent [his] whole life trying to persuade people that 'liberal' is not a dirty word, and that Christianity is a way of life, not a set of creeds and doctrine demanding total agreement," Meyers, a United Church of Christ minister and Oklahoma City University professor of rhetoric, became an Internet celebrity when his November 2004 antiwar remarks bounced from continent to continent. In response, Meyers expanded 10 of his most salient points into a self-titled manifesto which not only highlights the dichotomy between the right's talk of Christian values and its walk—which he believes is characterized by shameful, immoral behavior—but provides a call to action. Patiently, he gives a series of impassioned reminders of the essence of what Jesus taught, believed and lived, perhaps best summarized by the stinging assertion that "most of all, the Christian Right seems to have forgotten that Jesus saved his white-hot anger for the sin of religious hypocrisy." Meyers maintains that prolife views, for example, should extend beyond the womb to death row, health care and the environment. For readers who are "indignant over the direction of this country" and feel thatthe time has come for "dignified, but tangible resistance," Meyers delivers an unambiguous, palpable blueprint. (May 26) (Publishers Weekly, February 27, 2006) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470184639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470184639
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev. Dr. Robin R. Meyers is a nationally known UCC pastor, professor, peace activist, and the author of six books about progressive Christianity and American society. He has been the senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church, Oklahoma City, for 27 years. He is also a tenured full professor of rhetoric in the philosophy department at Oklahoma City University. Dr. Meyers lectures and gives workshops on church renewal around the country (see robinmeyers.com), and is an award-winning commentator for NPR. His teaching and preaching offer a non-literal, non-dogmantic approach to Christianity, and his politics are neither left nor right, but rather subversive for the cause of love. He seeks to build, not a collection of "believers," but a Beloved Community devoted to embodying peace and justice in a broken world. As a professor, he teaches the ancient canons of rhetoric, urging his students to think critically and fearlessly about the things they think they know. His method is Socratic, grounded in the belief that the truth is accessible but often obscured, and that love is life's highest achievement. His books all revolve around questions of religion, ethics, and language--that is, around transcendence, morality, and the redemptive power of telling the truth. His latest book, "The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus" is endorsed by Desmond Tutu, Bill Moyers, Marcus Borg, Harvey Cox, Parker Palmer, Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, and Fred Craddock.

Customer Reviews

Read Dr. Meyers' book and any others like it that you can get your hands on.
Patricia Carlson
Stirring and soothing in that one feels less isolated with their thoughts that something is truly amiss in our nation.
J. M. Smart
This book, in no uncertain terms, tells it like it is about the GOP and the Christian "Right".
Michael D. Chlanda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This is an infectious call to arms that renews my long ago lost faith in Christians and Christianity. Robin Meyers is a combination of the radical preacher from the sixties and a level-headed professor of rhetoric morphed into a man for the current season of moral crisis in America.

Included in the book is the text from his now famous speech given in Norman, Oklahoma in 2004 in which the refrain (coyly addressed to President George W. Bush) "...you are doing something immoral" rained down on a crowd of University of Oklahoma students, faculty and others like wisdom in the form of manna from heaven. Professor and Pastor Meyers has a way with words, to put it mildly. That speech is one of the best I have ever heard (actually I didn't have the opportunity to hear it, but I read it). I believe that even Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. would be impressed.

Here's a bit of it:

"When you claim that Jesus is the Lord of your life and yet fail to acknowledge that your policies ignore his essential teaching or turn them on their head...you are doing something immoral.

When you act as if the lives of Iraqi civilians are not as important as the lives of American soldiers and refuse to even count them, you are doing something immoral.

When you find a way to avoid combat in Vietnam and then question the patriotism of someone who volunteered to fight and came home a hero, you are doing something immoral.

When you ignore the fundamental teachings of the Gospels, which say that the way the strong treat the weak is the ultimate ethical test, by giving tax breaks to the wealthiest among us so that the strong will get stronger and the weak will get weaker, you are doing something immoral.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Erick Worrell on May 22, 2006
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Dr. Meyers' new book is a citizen's outrage with a minister's passion, a mentor's intervention against power and hypocrisy. The book is scathing but not lecturing; it's more like a parent reminding a child that there are two sides to everything and it's not safe or smart to take up action without realizing the whole picture. Dr. Meyers has a gift for eloquence, directness, and wordcraft that all allow him to communicate a message both beautifully and bluntly.

As a liberal and a Christian, it speaks words to my feelings about the hypocrisy of our government, and the books presents a compelling and full spectrum of information that should tug at the conscience of the true Christians in this country - conservative, liberal, or other. It serves as a reminder that "Republican" and "Christian" aren't necessarily the same thing, and that proclaimed "Christian" policies certainly don't reflect the message of a prophet who gave to the poor and pardoned the sinful. In fact, as Dr. Meyers points out, Jesus saved his white-hot anger for the sins of religious hypocrisy.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Carlson on July 6, 2006
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After a couple of decades of hijacking of the Christian faith by people with a right-wing political agenda, it is refreshing to see Christian authors with a different perspective being published. I think we may be on the cusp of a new "Awakening" in America, when Christianity can again stand for love, compassion and social justice. Read Dr. Meyers' book and any others like it that you can get your hands on. And for another book on liberal Christianity with a less political perspective, look for "Think Again: A Response to Fundamentalism's Claim on Christianity."
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Meyer's book makes bullet points out of the incendiary speech that he gave to a group of people on the campus of Oklahoma University during the last presidential campaign. That speech found it's way onto the internet and provided a compassionate, logical and prophetic voice for what many of us feel concerning the current direction of the politcal powers that be. This book is a must read for those, like me, who sense that Christianity has been co-opted and sold out in the name of greater personal power and wealth. At a time in my life, when I am first experiencing a move towards spirituality from a previously agnostic (and admittledly, apathetic) posture, Dr. Meyers and his voice provide the logic and reason that I can wrap my mind around. This book is full of insights into a different way of thinking; a way of thinking, that to my mind, may be the best way to approach today's world and its problems. In closing, I want to repeat one of my favorite passages from the book where Dr. Meyers is speaking of government entitlement programs and the notion that they run counterproductive to the prevailing ethic of pulling oneselves up by their own bootstaps. He describes the most powerful governmental advocates of this ethic as "being born on third base and thinking they have hit a triple". Priceless!
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on July 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Why the Christian Right is Wrong" is based on thoughts contained in an 11/04 presentation to an anti-war group. The essence of that presentation (and the book) is that most of those (eg. Christian fundamentalists) claiming moral values are on their side support a morally bankrupt administration and President that:

1)started a war on false pretenses and then acts as if they're doing God's will, while critics are either unpatriotic or lacking in faith,

2)arrogantly breaks the international rules for waging a just war that our nation helped establish,

3)claims Jesus is the Lord of his life, yet fails to acknowledge that his policies ignore Jesus' essential teachings,

4)found a way to avoid combat in Vietnam and then questions the patriotism of thos who did,

5)talk constantly about Jesus, healer of the sick, but do nothing to ensure that anyone who is sick can see a doctor,
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6)dismantles countless environmental laws designed to protect the earth, God's gift to us.

Meyers goes on to expound on these points, with chapters titled "Christians Don't Start Wars - They Try to Stop Them," "Rich Chicken Hawks for Jesus," and "'Pro-life' Should Include Mother Nature."

The most startling chapter, however, has has more of a political than religious focus. Titled "Christian Fascism and the War on Reason" it includes 14 characteristics of fascism: 1)Powerful nationalism (we have knee-jerk patriotism), 2)disdain for recognition of human rights (eg. torture, long imprisonments), 3)identifying enemies and scapegoats as a unifying cause (eg.
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