Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith

Obery M. Hendricks. Beacon, $24.95 (216p) ISBN 978-0-80705-740-7
Hendricks (The Politics of Jesus), a professor of religion at Columbia and elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, delivers a thorough condemnation of right-wing evangelicalism in this lacerating work. Taking pains to distinguish between right-wing evangelicalism, Christian nationalism, and classical conservatism, Hendricks castigates contemporary “right-wing evangelicalism” for being a “brutal sham” and a “cynical conceit.” Over eight thematic chapters—covering abortion and gender rights, firearms, minorities, and big business, among other topics—Hendricks explores how a desire for political power and religious uniformity has induced evangelicals to “[violate] to its very depths the Gospel’s call to love and care for one another.” He argues that “not only is their worldview not loving, not generous, not socially inclusive, but the notion of religious freedom they so extol extends no farther than their own ranks.” In contrast, Hendricks praises the early evangelicals of the 19th and 20th centuries who advocated for gender equality, universal education, and the rights and well-being of minorities. While Hendricks’s pessimistic conclusion is undoubtably genuine, the lack of hope or suggestions for ways to reconcile will leave readers disheartened. Trenchant and meticulous, this is certain to be a conversation starter. (July)
Reviewed on : 04/28/2021
Release date: 07/06/2021
Genre: Religion
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