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Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity Paperback – October 20, 1998
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The points Bawer brings up about Fundamentalist Christianity are all valid, but his support for many of them is rather weak. He does not use footnotes, his references are incomplete, and the bibliography adheres to no style I've ever seen. This wouldn't matter if I wanted to accept his work as truth in and of itself, but I prefer to check sources.
Bawer also tends to express opinion as fact. He twice makes the claim that legalist Christians (his term for Fundamentalist Christians) know their doctrines are untrue, although they will never admit it to themselves. To make such a claim is arrogant and uninformed-Bawer does not know the true feelings of individual legalist Christians. I know several people who fit Bawer's definition of legalists, and they hold their beliefs more dear than anything else, including things most people cherish such as family and career. If scientific or empirical evidence refutes these beliefs, the evidence is wrong, and the people who bring this evidence against Christianity are deceived. One could easily and truthfully say legalists are just putting their heads in the sand, but that doesn't mean they do not believe their doctrine.
Bawer also rails against Pat Robertson, his editors, and his readers for not checking facts or having any knowledge about the subjects of his writing.Read more ›
If one goes down the block, across the nation, or around the world to each church, synagogue, mosque or holy place, some fundamentalists of each theology may be found. Each sub-group has the irritating habit of thinking that their group alone, once and for all, has solved the great riddles of life. It seems to me, amongst all that varied dogma, there is only one way any one of them or all of them can be right; that being the extent to which a group teaches a theology of tolerance and love.
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This book is more or less a history of fundamentalism. It is written from a definite bias (against a literal translating of the Bible and some of the other fundamentalist tenets). Read morePublished 15 days ago by E. E. Rhoad
This book is one of the most fascinating studies of the whole phenomenon of Christian fundamentalism and the religious right in America that I have ever read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David K. Osborn
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Fascinating details of Christian church's march in the 20th century,Published 4 months ago by Jayana Clerk
Wonderful book. Brings the essences of Jesus's message to a beautiful light.Published 10 months ago by Alex B
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