- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Free Press (17. April 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1439178305
- ISBN-13: 978-1439178300
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,8 x 22,9 cm
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Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 17. April 2012
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"Not only is Ross Douthat’s account of orthodox Christianity’s decline provocative, but his critique of today’s ascendant heresies is compelling. This volume is a sustained proof of Chesterton’s thesis that when people turn from God, 'they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything.' Everyone who is interested in why the church is faring as it is in U.S. culture today needs to get this book."
—Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
"Bad Religion is superb: sharply critical of the amazing variety of American religious pathologies, but fair; blunt in diagnosis, but just; telling a dark tale, but telling it hopefully. For those trying to understand the last half-century or more of American religion, and to strive for a better future, it is an indispensable book."
—Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
"Ross Douthat's thoughtful, articulate, wide-ranging, sometimes contrarian and always provocative new book asks a tough question: Why has Christianity been so misunderstood, and so misused, in the past few decades? From those who (foolishly) watered down the most basic Christian beliefs, to those who (falsely) promised worldly success to the followers of Jesus, the values of orthodoxy (literally, "right belief") have often been blithely set aside. With an impressive command of both history and contemporary social trends, Douthat shows not only how we ended up with a Christianity of our own making, but also how we can reclaim an adherence to the teachings of the real Jesus—not just the convenient one."
—James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
"Bad Religion is nothing short of prophetic. In a time of religious, political, and cultural upheaval, Ross Douthat tells the American faithful—liberals, conservatives, and everybody in between—not what we want to hear, but what we desperately need to hear. With this provocative and challenging work that no thoughtful Christian can afford to ignore, Douthat assures his place in the first rank of his generation's public intellectuals."
—Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons and senior editor of The American Conservative
"A brilliantly reasoned argument for orthodox Christianity and the need for vibrant faith in society. In this perceptive and timely work, Ross Douthat extolls the ‘vital center’ of belief while calling out the fashionable heretics among us. This is one ‘Bad Religion’ we can all believe in."
—Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, host of EWTN's The World Over Live
"Mr. Douthat offers a lively, convincing argument for what kind of religion we need." (Mark Oppenheimer New York Times)
"Bad Religion" is an important book. It brings a probing, perceptive analysis to bear on the tragic hollowing out of American Christianity. In Douthat, readers have a guide who explains how we ended up drinking at a narcissistic trough draped in spirituality that doesn't quench anybody's deepest thirst...." (G. Jeffrey MacDonald Christian Science Monitor)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ross Douthat is a columnist for The New York Times op-ed page. He is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class and Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. Before joining the Times he was a senior editor for The Atlantic. He is the film critic for National Review, and he has appeared regularly on television, including Charlie Rose, PBS Newshour, Real Time, and The Colbert Report.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I highly recommend this book if you're looking for an accessible history of Christianity in America that also helps to frame liberal, conservative, progressive, and fundamental religious trends. His critiques of current religious trends are thoughtful and well-supported, and his pessimism is tempered by an enduring hope in the power of orthodox Christianity and what he considers its imminent revival as a means of infusing meaning and social support back into society.
The first part is detailed history of American history along the paradigm of orthodoxy and heresy, describing the golden era of the 1950s for American Christianity and articulating the movements and errors that led to a marginalization and overpoliticization of American liberal and conservative Protestantism and Catholicism. The second part then details several heretical offshoots of Christianity that holds popular religious trends accountable to orthodox standards and American values.
Douthat sometimes has a tough style to get a clear understanding of where he is going. That is a hindrance to getting through the book a little faster. It isn't that he can't write a clear sentence, but the editing fails to take out helper-skelter changes in chronology, quotation and subject, especially in the first four chapters.
I don't think the Old Testament was mentioned once in the entire book. Maybe that is an overstatement, but "core" Christianity includes both old and new. Was the lack of that development in the book because the changes in religion ignored the Old Testament? Maybe so. If so, it would have been good to say so, and if possible, why.
That said, if you want to relive or understand a lot of the religious culture of the sixties and seventies, you will find a good slice of it here. I think the intersection of the religious changes and political changes come off weakly though.
The writing style was dispassionate, which was fine when he was dispassionate but did not come over well when he got a little "preachy" towards the end of the book. The Christian faith is not dispassionate.
His treatment of the evangelical south did not come across as well informed (as someone from the evangelical south). He also seemed to work too hard to be even handed.
In his section on politics, I kept waiting for him to reference Chuck Colson who had such a unique perspective on the subject of religion and politics. I was not surprised, though, when he didn't reference him.
I also think that he missed the importance of the science vs faith battle and the impact it has had on the growth of heresy.
But, with all that said; the book was well worth it for the ideas and perspective.