Randall Balmer: "The Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America"
Well, this book ( THY KINGDOM COME: How the Religious Right Distorts Faith and Threatens America [Basic Books, 2006]) will sure rustle some feathers in the evangelical world. Can't wait to hear James Dobson take it to Randall Balmer on Focus on the Family.
Check out Zach Kincaid's interview of Randall Balmer (HT: Scot McKnight)
An excerpt from the interview:
Zach Kincaid: In simple terms, what’s wrong with the Religious Right?
Randall Balmer: It’s twofold. First, the leaders of the Religious Right have distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have taken something lovely and redemptive and made it ugly and punitive. Second, they’ve defaulted on the noble legacy of 19th Century activism, which invariably took the part of those on the margins of society. I find no parallel to that activism in the agenda of the Religious Right at the turn of the 21st Century.
Also, check out an excerpt from the book at npr.org (HT: Rick Bennett)
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