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Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy Hardcover – April 15, 2010
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To many, especially liberals, Pat Robertson is little more than a Christian charlatan whose intemperate remarks on diverting hurricanes and divine healings are a symptom of religiosity gone bad. Harrell, a retired professor at Alabama's Auburn University, is convinced otherwise. His biography of Robertson portrays the religious broadcaster as a centrist within the charismatic Pentecostal movement and a major player in the spread of American Christianity around the world. His thick tome is thorough, if not always insightful. He paints Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, and the American Center for Law and Justice, in a sympathetic but not fawning light. No excuses are given for Robertson's disastrous business deals abroad or his reckless comments about world leaders. Instead, Harrell gives Robertson credit for uniting conservative Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Pentecostals on many culture war issues, such as abortion, and against what Robertson—and others—see as a growing secular establishment hostile to Christianity. This volume will be appreciated as evenhanded but not especially far-reaching. (May)
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About the Author
David Edwin Harrell Jr. is Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Auburn University. One of our leading scholars of American religious history, he is also the author of The Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century and coauthor of Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People (Eerdmans).
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Most non-conservatives feel that Pat Robertson is a religious huckster who has deceived himself in believing that he has an inside channel to God as the Lord calls him to predict earthquakes and the deaths of dictators. However in "Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy," professor David Harrell (Auburn University, retired) reveals a different man. "A Life and Legacy" is a friendly biography of Rev. Robertson as the author depicts this Baptist charismatic minister as a compassionate business man who aims to serve God and his fellow man. Pat Robertson (founder of the 700 Club, CBN, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, the American Center for Law and Justice) has helped bring together a diverse collection of Christian traditions for the benefit of those in need and the advancement of moral values. The university he founded alone will insure his ongoing influence in American life.
Robertson is a visionary and a health food/exercise promoter who has used his ministry resources to help feed and clothe hundreds of thousands of the needy around the world. This volume portrays Robertson as "a major player in the spread of American Christianity around the world" (Publishers Weekly) using thousands of documents.
Whether you are a fan of Pat Robertson or not, this large volume is a fascinating, captivating, strirring, and enjoyable read.
Review by: Applied Christian Reviews
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In September 1986, Robertson announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States at the 1988 Republican National Convention. This friendly biography by David Edwin Harrell Jr., then chairman of the history department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham whom I have had the privilege of meeting and hearing speak on several occasions, written in 1987 during the height of Robertson's quest as a campaign biography concerned with political views, gives a personal portrait, a religious portrait, and a political portrait of Robertson and includes an objective assessment of the candidate's chances, concluding that, even if he were not nominated, he would be a power broker at the Republican convention. Following his unsuccessful presidential campaign, Robertson started the Christian Coalition, a 1.7 million member Christian right organization that campaigned primarily for conservative candidates. As a result of his seeking political office, he no longer serves in an official role for any church.
Through the years, Robertson has taken various positions and made numerous statements on a wide-range of issues that have attracted criticism. There are a lot of areas in which I strongly disagree with him, but there are other areas where I heartily concur with what he teaches. A completely new edition of this biography entitled Pat Robertson: A Life and Legacy, revised with updated information by Harrell, now Daniel F. Breeden Eminent Scholar Emeritus at Auburn University, based on thousands of documents from the files of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the private correspondence of Robertson himself, and more than 100 hours of interviews with 75 people in seven countries, including extensive interviews with the Robertson family, was published in 2010 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. While to many, especially liberals, Robertson is little more than a Christian huckster, Harrell portrays the religious broadcaster as a centrist, painting him in a sympathetic and even-handed but not fawning light. The book is thorough and insightful, making no excuses for Robertson's reckless comments but giving him credit for uniting conservative Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Pentecostals on many culture war issues.