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"Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…and Other Lies You've Been Told" by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD

on October 24, 2010

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0746-4
ISBN-10: 0-7642-0746-6
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 256
Carton Quantity: 48
Publication Date: Jul. 10
Formats: Paperback

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.
About the Book:
 

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.

My Opinion:

If you enjoy statistics and graphs then this book is for you, but also for anyone who wants to know how popular secular and Christian media are portraying Christians to all who watch.  Not everything we’re being told is true – not really surprising all news is going to be slanted toward whatever they believe – but you’d think Christians would portray less doom and gloom and more reality.

While I don’t do good with stats and bar graphs, I found this book to be enlightening and while I think that the author is more optimistic than others about what is going on in the Christian community I do think there are some truths to other Christian media reports.  This book does attempt to be fair and balanced on reporting of data gathered and it’s really neat to look at graphs and see how Christians fair to those of other faiths like Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhist, Hindus and others.  I found it interesting that Hindus have the highest rates of college graduates than other religions including Christianity.  You can form your own opinion on that and what I’d like to know is are Christians loosing their faith while being taught by liberal professors?  The author touches on this idea and some of his other findings as he describes the graphs and what is being reported.

This book is a must reat if you want something a bit more optimisitc on our Faith, but it won’t be a read in a day type of book since there is much information to digest and go through.  I think you’ll find it a worthwhile read and in the end you may come away thinking better about Christians (and your own belief in our Lord) than you have in a long time.

**I was provided a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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