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Christians are hate-filled hypocrites--and other lies you've been told /
Bradley R.E. Wright.
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Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, c2010.
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249 p.
ISBN
0764207466 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780764207464 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, c2010.
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0764207466 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780764207464 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Why do we hear so much bad news about Christianity? -- Is American Christianity on the brink of extinction? -- Are we losing our young people? What will happen in the future? -- Are evangelicals all poor, uneducated, southern whites? -- Do Christians think and do Christian things? -- Have Christians gone wild? -- Do Christians love others? -- What do non-christians think of us? -- What do we make of it all? -- Afterword -- Appendix 1: identifying evangelical Christians -- Appendix 2: data sets -- Appendix 3: bivariate vs. multivariate analysis -- Appendix 4: statistical significance.
abstract
"A research sociologist uses statistics to reveal the state of the Evangelical Church, showing that the church is in better shape than the secular and Christian media claims"--Provided by publisher.
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7258966
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bradley Wright (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, where he researches American Christianity. Brad lives with his wife and children in Storrs, Connecticut.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2010-05-17:
A sociologist at the University of Connecticut, Wright examines recent survey data on Christian evangelicals to see if they substantiate the often misguided and hyperbolic public perceptions of this faith group. Separating the wheat from the chaff, he explains how some poorly worded, ill-sampled statistics give the wrong impression of evangelicals and why people should avoid giving them credence. Though he often blames the media for gleefully reporting bad news about devout Christians, he doesn't spare evangelical polemicists such as Josh McDowell and Lee Strobel for their false exaggerations of evangelical shortcomings. His biggest target may be the pollster George Barna, whose surveys on Christianity have generated intense controversy. Wright's colloquial writing style gives this volume the feel of a folksy college lecture series. The abundant use of graphics adds to the impression the book's genesis was cribbed from introductory sociology of religion classes. The conclusions drawn here-no surprise-are that the most committed Christians practice what they preach, performing better than the rest of the population on a host of social measures including divorce, domestic violence, sexual misconduct, crime, substance abuse, and everyday honesty. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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"Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West."Scot McKnightKarl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University"Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in the pages here to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention."Christian SmithProfessor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame"This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read."Rodney StarkDistinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University"Brad Wright's book is well-written and intelligent, and does a fine job of challenging received wisdom on a wide variety of topics. I hope the book finds the audience it deserves."Philip JenkinsPenn State University and Baylor University"A welcome, calming voice to the cacophony of data interpreters of American evangelicalism. Using insider sensitivity combined with a nose for objective data sources, Wright has offered evangelical Christians a real gift with this book. I hope they recognize it."Mark RegnerusAssociate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at AustinAuthor, Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers
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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."Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West."Scot McKnightKarl A. Olsson, Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University"Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in these pages to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention."Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame"This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read."Rodney StarkDistinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University
Back Cover Copy
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. "Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West." Scot McKnight Karl A. Olsson, Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University "Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in these pages to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention." Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame "This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read." Rodney Stark Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University
Back Cover Copy
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. "Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West." Scot McKnight Karl A. Olsson, Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University "Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in these pages to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention." Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame "This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read." Rodney Stark Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University
Back Cover Copy
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. "Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West." Scot McKnight Karl A. Olsson, Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University "Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in these pages to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention." Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame "This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read." Rodney Stark Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University
Long Description
According to the media, the church is rapidly shrinking, both in numbers and in effectiveness. But the good news is, much of the bad news is wrong. Sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright uncovers what's really happening in the church: evangelicals are more respected by secular culture now than they were ten years ago; divorce rates of Christians are lower than those of nonbelievers; Christians give more to charity than others do. Wright reveals to readers why and how statistics are distorted, and shows that God is still effectively working through his people today.
Long Description
According to the media, the church is rapidly shrinking, both in numbers and in effectiveness. But the good news is, much of the bad news is wrong. Sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright uncovers what's really happening in the church: evangelicals are more respected by secular culture now than they were ten years ago; divorce rates of Christians are lower than those who aren't affiliated with a religion; young evangelicals are active in the faith. Wright reveals to readers why and how statistics are distorted, and shows that God is still effectively working through his people today.
Library of Congress Summary
"A research sociologist uses statistics to reveal the state of the Evangelical Church, showing that the church is in better shape than the secular and Christian media claims"--Provided by publisher.
Main Description
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. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 11
Why do we Hear so much Bad News about Christianity?p. 13
Is American Christianity on the Brink of Extinction?p. 29
Are we Losing our Young People? What will happen in the Future?p. 57
Are Evangelicals all Poor, Uneducated, Southern Whites?p. 77
Do Christians Think and do Christian Things?p. 103
Have Christians Gone Wild?p. 131
Do Christians Love Others?p. 155
What do Non-Christians Think of Us?p. 181
What do we Make of it all?p. 209
Identifying Evangelical Christiansp. 223
Data Setsp. 227
Bivariate vs. Multivariate Analysisp. 231
Statistical Significancep. 233
Notesp. 235
Referencesp. 245
Afterwordp. 251
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