May 9, 2009

Interesting new book on evangelicalism

By Warren Cole Smith:
"'American evangelicalism, for all the good it has done, is in need of a modern reformation,' Smith states. 'There is something toxic in the soil of the evangelical garden, and the poison has been building up over time, tainting everything. It is evident in our quick condemnation of homosexuality or alcohol or gambling, but our indulgence of greed and envy in the form of careerism. It's there in the hypocrisy of religious-right political leaders quick (and right) to condemn big government and its corrupting power, but who think that the big ministries and megachurches they have created are somehow immune to the same corrupting power.'"

Other themes that look interesting include "the Christian Industrial complex--examining a Christian retail industry that generates billions." That has been an interest of mine for a long time.

I may have to preorder this book.


Bootleg Blogger said...

Streak- Why do you torture yourself? Preordering a book on evangelicalism???? I guess it could be interesting in a "keep your enemies closer" kind of way:-)

Streak said...

This one looks more like it is an affirmation of what I have seen in evangelicalism.