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The Dark Side: How Evangelical Teachings Corrupt Love and Truth Paperback – November 17, 2006
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Her book is written in an easy to read conversational style and respectful tone from a unique female Psychologist's perspective that is rare among debunkers. It would be potentially doubt-producing if placed into the hands of the average Christian sitting in the pew. It's probably intended to be a resource for people who were teetering on the edge of Evangelicalism (either on their way in or way out) and who hadn't thought a whole lot the moral and rational implications about what evangelicals teach. As such, her book may be more dangerous to the Christian faith than many other books in the same genre, since she targets her audience so well.
She tells her personal story of her deconversion (which can be read over at debunbkingchristianity dot blogspot dot com), and which is similar in kind to our other stories there. She describes how she moved from "certainties to questions," which is a story similar in kind to many of us.Read more ›
As a spiritual but non-practicing person raised in Judaism, I have for years been asking "What is up with these Evangelicals and why are they so un-Christ-like?" I started to seek some answers with Jim Wallis' book "God's Politics," but I just couldn't get into it. It was a slog for me. I found his writing slow, redundant, and un-engaging. I kept picking it up, reading a bit, and putting it down again. Then a friend recommended "The Dark Side." It, by contrast, is well written, gripping, clear, fascinating, and well researched. A quick glance at the references in the back will show how broadly the author has looked to support her arguments. I was really surprised how much I learned about not just Evangelicalism, but Christianity as a whole, and even old-testament Judaism.
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is wondering about the face of Christianity in America today, regardless of their own religious background. I would cheerfully buy a copy for any Evangelical who was willing to read it!
Those of us who grew up as skeptics outside the sphere of born-again Christianity are only too aware of the public face of right wing Christian fundamentalism. This is the "dark side" that trains the foot soldiers of imperial warfare and propaganda, that goes bananas over abortion and homosexuality, that retreats from scientific insights into "creationist" thickets of irrationality, that seeks influence by theocracy and corrupting alliance with wealthy elites rather than by democracy and social and economic justice. Yet Valerie also shows us the deep emotional responses that are given to those who can suspend their critical faculties to stay within the fold - responses like the promise of heaven, the threat of hell, the joy of devotion, and the security of simple rules and of forgiveness for their transgression.
The basic problem with Biblical literalism is that the Bible is full of contradictions, exemplified by Jesus' admonition to turn of the other cheek contrasted with the fury of Moses' genocidal massacre of the Canaanites. In fact, as Valerie testifies, it is the cognitive dissonance from reading the Bible that leads many fundamentalists to leave the fold. Those who stay end up favoring certain passages over others. Some find the universal values of the saints, while for others it is the power, blood, and greed of empire. The latter certainly contradicts what Jesus taught, but for fundamentalists it is belief, not right action, that leads to salvation.Read more ›
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I appreciate Valerie Tarico's story about her deconversion from Christinaity. I had a similar experience, and it was helpful to know that I wasn't alone in some of the problems I... Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by A.Wylde
As someone who is moving away from Evangelical Christianity spiritually, I generally agree with a lot of her points at a very high level. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by C. J. Hild
The book is very informative about evangelic "teachings", of which I knew little about and find highly absurd. Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Ingeborg Trewhitt
It's an okay book, but it's pretty thick and takes a while to get through. If you really want to study this topic, then this is a great book. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Jenni French
I spent my youth before college in an evangelical church, with a loving, intelligent, and fundamentalist-minded mother (and acquiescing father) -- and can identify, strongly, with... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Brian Earp
I strongly recommend this book to those who are interested in studying comparative religion and scripture criticism.Published on January 7, 2010 by Melissa S. Perez
As we enter into a world with high technology it is becoming increasingly more important to take a look at belief systems that date back to the Iron Age and are dysfunctional if... Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Rahasya Poe
I used to be an Evangelical as was the author and I can't find anything in her book that doesn't ring true. Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Tinker
Evangelical Christianity and its literal interpretation of the Bible was a mystery before reading Tarico's book. Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Kansasbabe