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Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion Paperback – June 1, 2007
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And if they run out of Protestant congregations to take over, and all liberal Protestant voices are bullied and intimidated into silence, then what? The more liberal Catholic congregations? Jewish congregations? Islamic? Baha'i? Hindu? Buddhist?
STEEPLEJACKING includes some practical suggestions for recognizing and countering IRD's hostile takover tactics.
This book is a must-read, as are Frederick Clarkson's Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy Michelle Goldberg's Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, not only for every mainstream Protestant pastor or lay person, but likewise for Catholics and non-Christians as well. Your congregation could be next.
It seems never to have occurred to Culver and Dorhauer that if there is such a thing as "steeplejacking," those guilty of it are not conservative Christians adhering to "the faith of our fathers," but those seeking to transform traditional religious values to conform to their own ideas of what Christianity should be in the 21st century. In short, they cannot admit that liberal denominations such as the UCC are dying precisely because of what they are trying to sell. Because of their moral superiority and intellectual enlightenment,Culver and Dorhauer argue the answer can lie only in a demonic conspiracy of the right.
Our churches are under attack in many ways by those whose interests are governed by arrogance, hatred and fear; and they use "wedge issues" like homosexuality as weapons in their arsenal.
Dorhauer and Culver craft a remarkable work here that details how we as servant workers in the mission field can recognize these attacks as they are being constructed, and dismantle the barrage of ignorance that is their source of power. This book is a "must read" for every local church pastor, as well as any lay person for whom the ideal of Christian community and mission is one to which they aspire.