Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...And Other Lies You've Been Told: Book Review

About The Book:



What if all the bad news you've been hearing about Christians isn't true?

Here are some facts that may surprise you:
  • Evangelicals are more respected by society today than they were twenty years ago.
  • Divorce rates of Christian couples are lower than those of nonbelievers.
  • The percentage of young people who attend church has held steady over the past twenty years.
All these statements are true, yet we've been told the opposite time and time again. Why is the church being misled? And what is the true state of Christianity in America today?

Sociologist Brad Wright shatters popular myths by sifting through the best available data. He reveals how Christians are doing when it comes to everything from marriage and morality to church growth and public perception. While not all the news is good, it turns out there is a wealth of encouraging information that we're not being told.

Get the truth behind the statistics you've been hearing and how the numbers are being manipulated, and discover what is really happening in American Christianity.

About The Author:

Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. After receiving tenure, he switched his academic focus from crime to religion in order to research American Christianity. Brad received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, the top-ranked sociology graduate program in the United States. He has a popular blog (brewight.com) based on his research. Brad is married with two children and lives in Storrs, Connecticut.

My Review:

I really enjoyed reading Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...And Other Lies You've Been Told. It was very well-written and easy to read, despite all the statistics and charts. Wright explains all the stats and information in a way that those reading can get a full understanding of the statistics regarding Chrisitanity, specifically Evangelical Christianity. This is a very good book for those of us who want to find out the true about the statistics seen into today's media about Christianity. 

For example, you will find out that the divorce rate among Christians is 42%, when compared to "religiously unaffiliated" rate of 50%. Among Christians, there is a great variety in the divorce rates, with Catholics least likely to divorce at 35%, Mainline Protestants (41%), Evangelicals (46%) and Black Protestants (54%). These stats are seen on page 133 of the book. Wright also points out that divorce rates in the church go down, as church attendance increases. A positive sign for sure. 

This book is full of information that will leave your head spinning for sure, but give you a lot of food for thought, as you form and develop a Christian world view. You will be challenged to "not believe all the stats you read, to challenge them and develop your own views of them" You will learn a lot about where we are at in this country as Christians and how to move forward from here.

Here is what Wright states to do with regard to statistics regarding Christianity:

1. Question whether its accurate
2. Question the motives of the person writing
3. Disagree with the conclusions
4. Judge the statistic in light of your own experiences
5. Not believe it for any reason, including just being in a grumpy mood (...now go forth and think for yourself about the portrayal of Chrisitanity) (p.221)

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...And Other Lies You've Been Told online here, directly through Bethany House Publishers. It can also be purchased through your favorite, local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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