- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical's Lament: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America Audio CD – Bargain Price, June 26, 2006
|New from||Used from|
Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Special Offers and Product Promotions
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I share with another reviewer the suspicion that those who accuse Dr. Balmer of anger have not read his book. The text is anything but angry. It is, in fact, rather self-effacing. The author clearly sets out the limits of his own knowledge and does not claim for himself any particular "gifts of the Spirit" that sharpen his insights or validate his positions. He writes with gentleness and compassion about people who consistently behave dishonestly and who pervert the spiritual values to which they claim exclusive right yet one never senses that he is out to exact revenge on political or religious enemies. Though he deals with political issues from beginning to end, Dr. Balmer's book is more a cri de coeur than a polemic.
Dr. Balmer invites people to think. Alas, several of the reviews on this site amply demonstrate that many will not.
Balmer first examines the nature of evangelicalism and its history, showing that it has not always been in bed with the republican party. He shows how evangelicalism shifted to the Republican Party during the Carter Administration, and tells tales from the inside about how the focus shifted from the attack on the evangelical subculture due to government tring to revoke the tax emempt status of Bob Jones University, to abortion, simply seeking to find an issue the movement leaders could coalesce around. He examines the retreat of Baptists from their traditional position (best stated by Roger Williams and John Leland) in favor of seperation of church and state to a community that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.
Balmer writes as an endangered species-an evangelical who is socially/politically liberal because he takes scripture seriouslly. He attacks the selective literalism of the religous right and calls us to take the call of scripture to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God seriously.
Advice-read with an awareness of where you are in the hermaneutic circle and this can be a quite useful book. It places Balmer in the company of Jim Wallis (God's Politics) as an important voice of the christian left.
Evangelicalism's marriage to conservative politics, Balmer says, has poisoned public discourse, distorted the Gospel so that it barely resembles the message of Jesus, betrayed its nineteenth-century forbears who were in the vanguard of progressive causes like abolition, and alienated a sizeable number of fellow-evangelicals who have tired of explaining to their friends that their Christian faith "does not mean that we take our marching orders from James Dobson or Karl Rove." After a brief introduction he devotes successive chapters to the religious right's litmus tests --abortion, homosexuality, first amendment disestablishment (including the "Ten Commandments Judge" Roy Moore), school vouchers and public education, creationism, and the environment. Throughout his book Balmer argues that the right has often acted not out of moral principle but for political expedience. For example, school vouchers go overwhelmingly to religious schools and to wealthy people; would right wingers lobby for the issue so hard if vouchers were given only to families whose household income was below a certain threshold?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this is a pretty important book, given the influence of the "Religious Right" in America. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Conspiracy
An excellent book that counters the common stereotype that to be a evangelical Christian means one must also be a political conservative. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ChristFollower
Should be required reading in every college everywhere in the country. The TRUTH. Hard to take sometimes. So you think the Roe v. Wade case created the Religious Right? Read morePublished 14 months ago by tsovil
For several years now, my husband and I have felt alone and out of sync with our evangelical brothers and sisters. Randall Balmer has given voice to our feelings and frustrations. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katherine Rhodes
Awesome book. Really covers just how crazy the radical right can be.Published 22 months ago by Curtis
This is a well written book by an author who considers himself an Evangelical by family upbringing, his religious training, and formal education. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lawn Gnome
Having been raised in a fundamentalist church, I have always been bothered by the distortion of the Gospels' message by the so called "Religious Right. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Hobbit