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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel Island Press (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985521708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985521707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Unger on December 14, 2012
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KC Boyd's black comedy takes you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. Horrifying and comic, provocative and sexy, it is a penetrating portrait of a fundamentalist con man who too closely resembles leading evangelical figures. Too many liberals have not bothered to examine this threat closely. But if you've wondered how tens of millions of Americans could be taken in by Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series on the Rapture, Boyd's Being Christian is the perfect antidote.
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"Being Christian" is a timely and provocative work that reveals a new courageous author and an important not-so fictional introduction to the dangers of an American brand of fundamentalism that is corrupting American politics and policies. The writing is vivid and straight from the shoulder; the narrative is chilling and genuine; the ideas are compelling. Anyone interested in the impact of religious fundamentalism on American politics will absorb this work. As for the Founding Fathers, they would say "we warned you about this."
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In this fascinating novel, K. C. Boyd explores extreme right-wing Christianity in American today by focusing the life and career of a Texas megachurch pastor, Christian Hillcox, who strives to break free of the bonds of his own checkered past to influence everything from public policy on abortion to Mideast policy and the coming of the "end times."

"Being Christian" is on one level a character study of the Pastor Hillcox. He is a complex man who has learned the arts of manipulation from his abusive father and is profoundly insecure at his own core. His actions as a young man and his relationships as a mature and successful church leader are symbolic of how, in extreme religion, the emphasis on sexuality demonstrates its leadership's ambiguity and poor understanding regarding sexuality as functions of biology, love, and control. His ability to hold all others accountable while never failing to excuse his own many flaws and sins holds up to the light the manner in which ideologues manipulate their own intellects to maintain understandings that are self-contradicting and beyond proof.

More than simply exposing right-wing Christianity on ideological and theological grounds, "Being Christian" allows us a look at the inner workings of the men (and it is mostly men) who lead their congregations to extreme and dangerous beliefs.
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If you're intrigued/amused/horrified by the mind-set and manipulations of conservative christian extremists, then Being Christian is the book for you. As stated in other reviews, it is an extremely dark novel. Yet, I found it also to be hilarious, particularly the colorful description of the relationship between Christian and Darlene. Being Christian definitely is a page turner that offers a chilling depiction of the abuse of power and what is possible when religion is carried to the extreme.
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I found K.C. Boyd's book to be both fascinating and timely in a time during which we have witnessed and continue to witness the growing influence of the Religious Right in American politics and government. "Being Christian" is less about being Christian than about the greed, narcissism, and nihilism of the right-wing end times cult we've allowed to run amok in real life. I consider "Being Christian" a must-read companion to the non-fiction works of Chris Hedges ("American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America") and Jeff Sharlet ("The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power").
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Being Christian is a beautifully written and thought provoking novel. The author presents a story, beginning in childhood, that allows the reader to understand the underlying causes of the main character's otherwise insufferable acts. The author successfully illustrates the ripple effect of early childhood abuse and does a wonderful job narrating the life of an extremely intriguing character. You will not be able to put this page turner down and you will certainly not regret the purchase!
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K.C. Boyd has written a gripping narrative and unforgettable characters in a debut novel that exposes the dark side of religious extremism. Being Christian tells the shocking story of one man's ascent from a troubled and violent childhood to the highest rungs of a Texas mega-church. Brimming with sex, violence and deceit, this is one book the reader will have trouble putting down. I know I did.
--Paola Fernandez Rana
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Based on the title, I didn't know what to expect. What I got from cover-to-cover was a wild read that I couldn't put down. This book entertains throughout and fantastically makes the point that, often, the public "best of us" are the private "worst of us." Being Christian is raunchy, revolting, riotous and makes a righteous point. Thanks KC Boyd for making me squirm.
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