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A timely and galvanizing work that examines how right-wing evangelical Christians have veered from an admirable faith to a pernicious, destructive ideology. Today's right-wing Evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ. In his new book, Christians Against Christianity, best-selling author and religious scholar Obery M. Hendricks Jr A timely and galvanizing work that examines how right-wing evangelical Christians have veered from an admirable faith to a pernicious, destructive ideology. Today's right-wing Evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ. In his new book, Christians Against Christianity, best-selling author and religious scholar Obery M. Hendricks Jr. challenges right-wing evangelicals on the terrain of their own religious claims, exposing the falsehoods, contradictions, and misuses of the Bible that are embedded in their rabid homophobia, their poorly veiled racism and demonizing of immigrants and Muslims, and their ungodly alliance with big business against the interests of American workers. He scathingly indicts the religious leaders who helped facilitate the rise of the notoriously unchristian Donald Trump, likening them to the "court jesters" and hypocritical priestly sycophants of bygone eras who unquestioningly supported their sovereigns' every act, no matter how hateful or destructive to those they were supposed to serve. In the wake of the deadly insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol, Christians Against Christianity is a clarion call to stand up to the hypocrisy of the evangelical Right, as well as a guide for Christians to return their faith to the life-affirming message that Jesus brought and died for. What Hendricks offers is a provocative diagnosis, an urgent warning that right-wing evangelicals' aspirations for Christian nationalist supremacy are a looming threat, not only to Christian decency but to democracy itself. What they offer to America is anything but good news.


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A timely and galvanizing work that examines how right-wing evangelical Christians have veered from an admirable faith to a pernicious, destructive ideology. Today's right-wing Evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ. In his new book, Christians Against Christianity, best-selling author and religious scholar Obery M. Hendricks Jr A timely and galvanizing work that examines how right-wing evangelical Christians have veered from an admirable faith to a pernicious, destructive ideology. Today's right-wing Evangelical Christianity stands as the very antithesis of the message of Jesus Christ. In his new book, Christians Against Christianity, best-selling author and religious scholar Obery M. Hendricks Jr. challenges right-wing evangelicals on the terrain of their own religious claims, exposing the falsehoods, contradictions, and misuses of the Bible that are embedded in their rabid homophobia, their poorly veiled racism and demonizing of immigrants and Muslims, and their ungodly alliance with big business against the interests of American workers. He scathingly indicts the religious leaders who helped facilitate the rise of the notoriously unchristian Donald Trump, likening them to the "court jesters" and hypocritical priestly sycophants of bygone eras who unquestioningly supported their sovereigns' every act, no matter how hateful or destructive to those they were supposed to serve. In the wake of the deadly insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol, Christians Against Christianity is a clarion call to stand up to the hypocrisy of the evangelical Right, as well as a guide for Christians to return their faith to the life-affirming message that Jesus brought and died for. What Hendricks offers is a provocative diagnosis, an urgent warning that right-wing evangelicals' aspirations for Christian nationalist supremacy are a looming threat, not only to Christian decency but to democracy itself. What they offer to America is anything but good news.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Dustcircle

    Written by a Calvary Baptist leader, he uses the Bible against the far-right bigots and self-righteous of today; most notably, the Trump cult. A great read, even for this atheist. Christians: challenge yourself and read this book. May your eyes be opened to the verses about the fatherless, the foreigner in your land, feeding the poor, sharing your goods, sheltering the homeless, showing mercy, engaging in social justice, and self-sacrifice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Wise

    So much good here that needed to be said. I do wish I liked the tone. It feels like I've just watched a speech of someone yelling for forty five minutes. But it needed to be said. I fear it won't be the book that makes many right wing evangelicals listen. I would love a civil debate about some of his positions he tried to defend biblically, but on the whole, it needed to be said. What Christians have to finally figure out is that we serve, not a donkey or an elephant, but a lamb. So much good here that needed to be said. I do wish I liked the tone. It feels like I've just watched a speech of someone yelling for forty five minutes. But it needed to be said. I fear it won't be the book that makes many right wing evangelicals listen. I would love a civil debate about some of his positions he tried to defend biblically, but on the whole, it needed to be said. What Christians have to finally figure out is that we serve, not a donkey or an elephant, but a lamb.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I wish I could force all my crazy religion obsessed Protestant family member to read this. Every major political topic is touched on and backed up with evidence from either the Bible or American history. It gets a bit ranty in places though. I would have rated this 4 stars for that but considering there are so many people giving it one star without actually having read it (due to its subject matter) I'm giving it 5 to help combat the hate bomb. I wish I could force all my crazy religion obsessed Protestant family member to read this. Every major political topic is touched on and backed up with evidence from either the Bible or American history. It gets a bit ranty in places though. I would have rated this 4 stars for that but considering there are so many people giving it one star without actually having read it (due to its subject matter) I'm giving it 5 to help combat the hate bomb.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Catherine

    The synopsis alone is riddled with extremist misinformation (e.g. "deadly insurrection at the capitol" which was only deadly for one "insurrectionist"), so I'm confident that the actual book is just as fallacious and fanatical. And at the end of the day, these kinds of debates are (one of the reasons) why Jesus left us a visible, authoritative Church rather than leaving us to our own interpretations of "the gospel." The synopsis alone is riddled with extremist misinformation (e.g. "deadly insurrection at the capitol" which was only deadly for one "insurrectionist"), so I'm confident that the actual book is just as fallacious and fanatical. And at the end of the day, these kinds of debates are (one of the reasons) why Jesus left us a visible, authoritative Church rather than leaving us to our own interpretations of "the gospel."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dwayne Shugert

    Simply brilliant. I too am a Christian against this type of Christianity. Dr. Hendricks lays out the history of white evangelical Christianity, which is steeped in white supremacy. This is an important book for all Christians, especially those who are tired of having the faith hijacked by those who claim to love others but are so full of hate. Read this book, be challenged by this book, and may we, with God’s help, be better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Evangelical Christianity has become a cancer that is ruining our country. Dr. Hendricks explains how it has lost its way and is nothing like Jesus anymore.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    Written by Obery Henricks Jr., he gives us a glimpse into how the religious right-wing evangelicals have been misusing, or misinterpreting Christianity into their own cause. When Trump came into office, it seemed like many Evangelical started to worship him as the savior of Christ, and Hendricks aims to deconstruct the image they have projected to the public. Throughout the book, he explains passages that have been taken out of context and others that are misinterpreted by many today. One main p Written by Obery Henricks Jr., he gives us a glimpse into how the religious right-wing evangelicals have been misusing, or misinterpreting Christianity into their own cause. When Trump came into office, it seemed like many Evangelical started to worship him as the savior of Christ, and Hendricks aims to deconstruct the image they have projected to the public. Throughout the book, he explains passages that have been taken out of context and others that are misinterpreted by many today. One main passage that he feels many are strongly lacking in many followers is the one about loving thy neighbor as their own. Reading further, it becomes clear that many don't follow that line at all, nor feel like the Bible has any huge influence in their own moral beliefs despite their hypocritical preaches of living and following Christ. After the author's remarks about many are extremely prejudice of their non-Christian neighbors, he goes into how current Evangelicalism views controversial topics such as immigrants, homosexuality, gun rights, abortion, and corporate control. Many of which, reveals very unflattering look into how twisted the religion has become since the dawn of the 20th century. If anything, it reveals a high cult-like mind everyone has that sounds like it can come from a horror movie. Especially if it's true on the portion about how preachers and members bless their rifles as if they were holding a baptism. It becomes clear that this group is not following God's way, as the author claims, but using the Bible to influence others to go their way of self-interest. Henricks pointed out many fallacies and ill translations of the ancient text, when it came to followers using the Bible's words to spread hate and stripping humanity of non-believers. He also notes the hypocrisy many share when it comes towards immigrants, gun laws, and unflattering views on the issue of children out of wedlocks. I am not an Evangelical, picking up this book because I believe similarly to how the author feels towards the religious groups in the current state of affairs. He writes straightforwardly, making it easy for even other secular readers to pick this up without too much issue on the religious texts. Yet, at times, the material can be dry, but it's clear is voice in the words are of disappointment and anger at the degradation of the Christian faith. If there's one thing he proves through this, is that religion has become a tool to promote crooked political ideologies now rather than a practice of faith. Hendricks ends with optimism that some will be able to change their ways when re-thinking what the Bible actually says, but that many will remain forever stuck in the cult of the extreme right-wing that will always leave Christianity with a bad taste. This book is a perfect insight into the mind of religious right-wings and how their blind faith in Trump also destroys any meaning of Christ's words.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Highly informative and detailed. Chapters are relevant and well written, with the most powerful moments being the inclusion of cultural and exegetical comments on biblical passages, which I wish made up more of the book. In my opinion, it would have made sections stronger, such as on labor and guns. It certainly gave strength to the chapters on LGBTQIA+ equality, racism, and abortion access. Overall, would recommend alongside a plethora of other books detailing the rise and harsh presence of ext Highly informative and detailed. Chapters are relevant and well written, with the most powerful moments being the inclusion of cultural and exegetical comments on biblical passages, which I wish made up more of the book. In my opinion, it would have made sections stronger, such as on labor and guns. It certainly gave strength to the chapters on LGBTQIA+ equality, racism, and abortion access. Overall, would recommend alongside a plethora of other books detailing the rise and harsh presence of extreme right-wing Christian nationalism in the U.S.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Reeves

    If you want a Biblical argument against some of the aspects of how current American Evangelical/ Fundamentalism is askew from classic Christian faith. This is a great book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MisterDraper

    Opposite side of the same coin I thought the author did an exceptional job describing far right Christian Nationalism and how they greatly influence this country. As I’ve noticed, they’ve weaponized their Christian faith to promote a secular agenda that is godless on every level. My issue is with the author’s misrepresentation of certain biblical truths related to sinful behaviors. On several occasions he would argue “nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say…”. What he’s failed to do was to Opposite side of the same coin I thought the author did an exceptional job describing far right Christian Nationalism and how they greatly influence this country. As I’ve noticed, they’ve weaponized their Christian faith to promote a secular agenda that is godless on every level. My issue is with the author’s misrepresentation of certain biblical truths related to sinful behaviors. On several occasions he would argue “nowhere in the Bible does it specifically say…”. What he’s failed to do was to take into context words written centuries ago but rather say that because a specific 21st century word doesn’t appear in the ancient writings it is therefore exempt from biblical judgement. “Pedophilia” isn’t specifically stated in the Bible but we all accept the fact that it would be included in the term “sexual immorality”. The term “gaslighting” is a relatively new term for a behavior that has existed for as long as man has been on this earth but it too is a sin and is a violation of the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. I appreciate the passion he exudes in his writing as he calls out the hypocrisy of the Christian Right, but his disdain towards those who have been deluded and fooled by the radical right is just as reprehensible as those he is judging. He spends quite a few pages in his introduction to highlight his credentials which at first I only thought it odd. But as I read his false interpretations of the Bible on certain topics it made sense to me that he was flashing his biblical badge of authority in order to justify his position which today is seen as Christian modernism. I would still recommend this book for its view on the Christian Right but I would warn against accepting everything in it as truth.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Brilliant.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meghan Tschanz

    Thoroughly researched, convicting writing, and a book I will come back to again and again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Roth

    I listened to the Audible Audiobook version. Evangelical Christians are something of a monolith in American politics. Look at any poll or study, or even your own personal experience, and they basically act as one cohesive unit. Or so I thought, until I read this book. Obery Hendricks Jr. provides an alternative vision for what he believes Evangelical Christianity should be striving for in this country, but he laments the toxic turn that the movement has taken over the last half century and in par I listened to the Audible Audiobook version. Evangelical Christians are something of a monolith in American politics. Look at any poll or study, or even your own personal experience, and they basically act as one cohesive unit. Or so I thought, until I read this book. Obery Hendricks Jr. provides an alternative vision for what he believes Evangelical Christianity should be striving for in this country, but he laments the toxic turn that the movement has taken over the last half century and in particular, during the last Presidential administration. With each chapter, Hendricks picks apart the typical arguments of mainstream Evangelical political thought with the bible itself. He covers the most contentious topics in American politics like gay rights, abortion, firearms ownership, and assistance to the poor and demonstrates how the bible should be able to properly guide people in acceptance of what are considered "left wing" or "liberal" stances on these topics today. In his view, the words of the bible have been twisted and perverted into something that is the antithesis of his entire faith. He even explicitly states that the spirit of anti-Christ is present in the modern day Evangelical Christian movement. There are several interesting things that I've realized while reading Christians Against Christianity. Firstly, Hendricks is, unfortunately, in a rather tiny minority within his faith. And while his arguments in this book seem to be very well researched and thoroughly constructed (I admit I have not actually read any version of the Christian bible) I find it unfortunate that the politicization of religion in this country decades ago means that the very people that should hear these arguments will toss them aside without a second thought. Second, I am also one to question the legitimacy of organized religion as a force for any good if its foundational purposes, which Hendricks demonstrates should be extremely altruistic and egalitarian, can be so thoroughly corrupted into nationalism, racism, sexism, and authoritarianism (while at the same time being libertarian for the particularly weird American version of Evangelical Christianity). But then that also raises the question: was this the fault of Christianity? Or of political America? My instinct is the latter, and thus the wisdom of the separation of church and state shows itself to be true once again. And third, this has somewhat interested me in reading the bible. Perhaps I'll start with reviewing my own Jewish studies first of course but for perhaps the most important book in history, it's quite revealing how I've never really studied it at all. And while Hendricks does a great job in showing the brighter parts of the biblical text, I can't help but feel the passages are cherry picked, just as right wingers cherry pick their favorite texts to support their numerous political ambitions. I'm curious to see what an outsiders view (aka my view) of the book would be, particularly coming from a secular Jewish background in which I view both the Old and New Testament as human works of fiction designed to enforce a particular set of moral rules on European societies that were unused to the modern developments in civil society we have today. Overall, a recommend from me for those curious about the role of the Evangelical right wing in American politics and how they got to be the force they are. It's quite dense in biblical passages and scholarly analysis of the text, which for secular people may not be super interesting, but it is a necessary piece of the puzzle of redemption that Hendricks is trying to impart on the readers of this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JC

    I grew up evangelical and have been so frustrated by the “leaders” of the movement. This book is a summation of all that is wrong, but I appreciated the glimmer of hope offered by Hendricks at the end, “Yet, although the masses of right wing evangelicals embrace what is terribly wrong, I believe that many among them are sincerely wrong; that is to say that they are sincere about their faith but have been woefully misled in its application.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Hendricks is not shy in this scathing evaluation of right-wing evangelical Christianity. Lest we be unclear as to his feelings, he freely expresses his horror at what Christianity in America has become at the hands of the loud right-wing voices. A travesty, he writes. A mockery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (35/2935) Hendricks writes as a faithful believer in the gospel. He centers his book on the importance of the biblical values he sees at the core of our gospel witness: the command to love yo Hendricks is not shy in this scathing evaluation of right-wing evangelical Christianity. Lest we be unclear as to his feelings, he freely expresses his horror at what Christianity in America has become at the hands of the loud right-wing voices. A travesty, he writes. A mockery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (35/2935) Hendricks writes as a faithful believer in the gospel. He centers his book on the importance of the biblical values he sees at the core of our gospel witness: the command to love your neighbor as yourself and Jesus' parable of the sheep and goats. He reminds us how the teachings of Jesus can be ignored when there is a quest for political dominance. He reminds us of the many commands for social justice in the Old Testament. (Read Jeremiah 22:16, for example.) Evangelicals will no doubt be offended at Hendricks' call for humane treatment of same sex couples and reminding them of the biblical commands to extend hospitality to immigrants. And his exploration of abortion, specifically his review of Numbers 5:27, may shock some. This book is certainly worth every evangelical's attention. Hendricks clearly distinguishes biblical Christianity from the right-wing Christianity we see in America today. He reveals the ties to the NRA and big business, and how right-wing evangelicals are promoting their agendas. He exposes their greater concern for protecting wealth than for helping those in need. This book is eye opening and disturbing. Hendricks suggests there is a spirit of antichrist today that has allowed the ungodly assaults on the peace and well-being of American society. He hopes right-wing evangelicals will admit to and repent of the political and moral carnage they have helped wreak and evidence a return to biblical Christianity. Christians who have been dismayed by the recent actions of right-wing evangelicals will love this book and all of its well footnoted information. Right-wing evangelicals will, no doubt, ignore Hendricks' prophetic voice. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Blankenship

    He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Mark, Chapter 7, Verse 6-8 Both an amazing and readable work on apologetics and history, Obery Hendricks clearly synthesizes the origins of right-wing evangelicalism, how it used to be a pioneer He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Mark, Chapter 7, Verse 6-8 Both an amazing and readable work on apologetics and history, Obery Hendricks clearly synthesizes the origins of right-wing evangelicalism, how it used to be a pioneer of social progress, and has been perverted to the point of opposing Christian theology. Many of the points in the book will be ones that many liberation theologists have seen before, but Hendricks backs it up with both historical and biblical sources to refute errant thinking by some evangelicals. Written in the time of Covid and Trump, it is an important read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Donahoe

    Excellent book. This book covers many issues important to the Christian world today. Abortion, immigration, nationalism, LGBTQ issues, extremism, the NRA, politics, unions and labor relations. It was an easy read and very interesting. I would recommend to anyone interested in current events in the USA and the effects on some of those who call themselves Christian.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Wold

    Even as an atheist, I found this fascinating.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Everydayreader1

    "Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith" is perhaps the best nonfiction title I've read in 2021. This book needed to be written, and the words need to be heard. I have long believed that right-wing evangelical Christians have lost their way, and do not reflect the gospel of Christ, especially concerning social justice and their obsession with Christian nationalism. The book speaks for itself, and I highly recommend it. It is disturbing "Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith" is perhaps the best nonfiction title I've read in 2021. This book needed to be written, and the words need to be heard. I have long believed that right-wing evangelical Christians have lost their way, and do not reflect the gospel of Christ, especially concerning social justice and their obsession with Christian nationalism. The book speaks for itself, and I highly recommend it. It is disturbing, yes, but also very educational.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    Very well researched and presented. Highly recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Meytin

    I found the last two chapters much weaker than the beginning of the book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a considered and studious presentation of biblical analysis and social commentary outlining why modern-day Evangelicals in America have long-since lost the mission. Hendricks uses scripture and history to show how the tenets of Christianity are have been bastardized and how the scripture itself is being twisted to unchristian ends. The problem is that no matter how much scholarship and criticism and etymology he uses, his reading of the Bible isn't any more convincing than the evangelical This is a considered and studious presentation of biblical analysis and social commentary outlining why modern-day Evangelicals in America have long-since lost the mission. Hendricks uses scripture and history to show how the tenets of Christianity are have been bastardized and how the scripture itself is being twisted to unchristian ends. The problem is that no matter how much scholarship and criticism and etymology he uses, his reading of the Bible isn't any more convincing than the evangelicals'. Everybody argues over what the Bible really means and inevitably concludes that it means exactly what they want it to mean. Whether what they want comes from an interest in human happiness and the common good or self-interest and manipulation is immaterial when they don't answer the question of why we should be paying attention to this specific book in the first place. Take the chapter on homosexuality. Hendricks exhaustively analyzes those particular portions of the Bible that others use to condemn it and concludes that the Bible does not condemn it at all. In fact, by looking at the words in their original language, they're probably not talking about homosexuals at all. That's all great. Remind me again why we need the Bible at all to help us conclude that LGBT people deserve respect and the right to be who they are? If the Bible literally said "Kill gay people on sight they are so gross, I'm totally serious you guys" would we be having a different conversation? Would Obery Hendricks be saying "Yup, Bible says kill the gays"? I don't think so. I believe he'd be finding a way to read around that or explain it away. Because Obery Hendricks is a good person. This is a massive oversimplification, but I do not believe that religion makes people good or bad. On the whole, people's nature is defined by their experiences, community, upbringing, biology, etc. I believe religion acts as a conduit for people to channel their nature into a vocabulary they can use to express it. It's also an excellent way to pass values on. Good people will use religion to justify being good, and bad people will use religion as a tool to justify being a dick. So to say "The Bible says this, therefore..." is not the way to change anyone's mind. If you have accepted that the Bible is the holy book for you, then you will probably find this book excellent. Hendricks really knows his stuff, and he seems like a lovely, brilliant, and amazing man. But if you don't, these parts are merely a curiosity. You already know that right-wing American evangelicals and prosperity preachers are trash, and I don't believe it's religion or "misreading" the Bible that made them that way. Bad ideas, fear, greed, and hatred have infected large portions of our population, but evangelical Christianity isn't the root cause of it -- just a symptom and a vector for transmission.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robert Stevens

    For years, I have pondered why some religious people believed that their religious beliefs were reflected in the actions, words, and policies of those like President Trump when the Bible says something else. Oberry M. Hendricks, Jr. effectively explores how right-wing evangelicals are damaging our country, culture, and Christianity as he looks at issues such as abortion, homosexuality, marriage equality, corporate greed, immigration, diversity, and more. I have often pondered how if Jesus of the For years, I have pondered why some religious people believed that their religious beliefs were reflected in the actions, words, and policies of those like President Trump when the Bible says something else. Oberry M. Hendricks, Jr. effectively explores how right-wing evangelicals are damaging our country, culture, and Christianity as he looks at issues such as abortion, homosexuality, marriage equality, corporate greed, immigration, diversity, and more. I have often pondered how if Jesus of the Bible were to find himself here today how he would be rejected by many that claim to be doing his work who have ignored the lessons of the Bible. To the author, what matters most in Christianity is the treatment of others because the poor and needy matter. This is seen time and time again in the Bible, but this is too often ignored in favor of individual responsibility and the idea that suffering can cause one to be born again when one accepts Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. Social justice is an important component of Christianity and is seen in many places such as the well-known verse of “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). In closing, never forget that organized religion is led by humans, who are flawed. One can be Christian and not connected to the organized denominations. Being Christian is indeed seen in how you act and treat yourself and others. Saying you are Christian isn’t enough when your actions and words say otherwise. “Right-wing evangelicals complicity in Trump's debasement of American society shamefully paints the Christian Gospel of light, love, and egalitarian justice as an ugly, loveless, exclusionary ideology of domination. Jesus said that each of us will be known by the fruit of our acts and attitudes. The rot of the unholy fruit of Trump's evangelical supporters and apologists has spread across the length and breadth of this nation, portraying evil as good and good as evil. That is their vile and blasphemous harvest. In the name of God.” « Right-wing evangelicals have evolved what might be called a “Jesus personality cult" that is obsessed with the person of Jesus as spiritual savior rather than with the principles for justly living in the world that he taught and died for. It is because of their near obsession with the person of Jesus as spiritual savior of the world that they miss the politically radical dimension of his ministry. The message he proclaimed was holistic; it called for change not only in individual hearts but also in the economic and political conditions that affected the life chances of people in this world. He called for a radical redistribution of authority and power, goods and resources, so all people might have lives free of political repression, enforced hunger and poverty, and undue insecurity.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paige Halper

    This book was not written to change right-wing evangelicals' minds. At the end of the day, most of us are going to consume things that already affirm our biases and validate what we think we already know. Hell, that's why I read this book and that's why the Christians who say "hate the sin, love the sinner" act outraged when they're called homophobic. Christians Against Christianity was written for two audiences. The first is Christians who have at any point since 2015 asked "why the fuck are th This book was not written to change right-wing evangelicals' minds. At the end of the day, most of us are going to consume things that already affirm our biases and validate what we think we already know. Hell, that's why I read this book and that's why the Christians who say "hate the sin, love the sinner" act outraged when they're called homophobic. Christians Against Christianity was written for two audiences. The first is Christians who have at any point since 2015 asked "why the fuck are the people who proclaim to follow The Prince of Peace supporting a candidate that calls for Muslim bans, kids in cages, and pussy grabbing?" The second audience is Christians who are at a point in their spiritual life where they want to truly confront Biblical text and interpretations against political narratives. If you are part of the latter group, I highly encourage you to read Red State Christians by Angela Denker first. Not only does Denker nail the message, her delivery is a bit more palatable. As soon as you're done with Red State Christians, pick up this book. Hendricks does not mess around. He is very clearly a brilliant scholar with verses and context to spare, but he also is not a fan of right-wing evangelicals and does not pull punches in asserting so. If you are sensitive and view yourself through the lens of political party rather than Christianity, this book will send you right back into your biased comfort zone. A few of my favorite takeaways: - "These Christians cry bitter tears for the unjust execution of Jesus two thousand years ago, but have few tears for the injustice visited daily upon those among us for whom Jesus expressed great love: the desperately poor, the sick and vulnerable, the refugees struggling to find a better life for the babies at their breasts." (Reviewer's note: Told you he doesn't pull punches. This is from page 2.) - "In May 2019, the Pew Research Center reported that support for Trump by evangelicals remained extremely high, with seven out of ten approving of him. How can this be? The answer should be obvious to anyone who has paid attention to current events: it is the result of successful shilling for Trump by a cadre of influential evangelical leaders who seem to have decided that the teachings of Jesus can be ignored when those teachings get in the way of their quest to dominate American society." (Reviewer's note: This is also from page 2. Hendricks did not come to play.) - All of chapter six. I have struggled with my views on abortion and have never encountered such a Biblically sound approach until now. At the very least, it is thought-provoking.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda Gill

    As a follower of Jesus, I am personally finding myself baffled at so many of my Christian friends who seem odd to me, at odds with me, are people I no longer seem to know due to their current beliefs and behaviors. I just did not recognize them any longer! I did not understand why they would not get the Covid vaccines, or wear masks for Covid protection for them as well as my elder-self. I could not wrap my head around why they voted for Trump. And when I wrote a post on my blog about loving the As a follower of Jesus, I am personally finding myself baffled at so many of my Christian friends who seem odd to me, at odds with me, are people I no longer seem to know due to their current beliefs and behaviors. I just did not recognize them any longer! I did not understand why they would not get the Covid vaccines, or wear masks for Covid protection for them as well as my elder-self. I could not wrap my head around why they voted for Trump. And when I wrote a post on my blog about loving the "one anothers" and what that meant (for me) as well as how I saw Jesus teaching this, I was even more struck by the responses to my post by a number of these friends. They did not see eye-to-eye. They disagreed, spoke against that and were rather silent when I asked about Jesus teaching about these other people. Instead, it felt like they were placing a timber inside of my eye. OH! How naive I am!! So I chose this book (along with a couple of others) in order to try to understand just what was going on. This great book has so much detail and answers to my many WHY and HOW and WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING questions. I learned of deeply embedded, long-time-coming changes to the Christian landscape. There are groups and individuals who so wanted to direct the Christian narrative and they have literally done just that. I became disgusted with people and groups that I listened to because of how they taught and what they said, yet they had underlying agendas that totally went over and under my head! Now I am angry that I fell into their ministries. I have been known to be naive and obviously still am. If you are questioning your own beliefs in today's Christianity, or about the behavior and words of your friends, please read this. It has given me a base from which to move forward in my own life, as well as to assist in the way I look upon my world. I am still a follower of Jesus yet barely feel I can call myself a "Christian" in the sense that I once knew. So I no longer do! I am not ashamed of the gospel but am ashamed of the way I have fallen into traps of others' makings.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This book is a well written, carefully researched and annotated, exploration of how far today's current crop of Christian Evangelicals have strayed from the scriptures of the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Gospels, and serious theological study of Christ's teachings. A highly credentialed biblical scholar, author Hendricks illuminates the egregious moral hypocrisies and corruptions of the evangelical movement on a host of topics. * The conflation of American Christianity with American Nat This book is a well written, carefully researched and annotated, exploration of how far today's current crop of Christian Evangelicals have strayed from the scriptures of the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Gospels, and serious theological study of Christ's teachings. A highly credentialed biblical scholar, author Hendricks illuminates the egregious moral hypocrisies and corruptions of the evangelical movement on a host of topics. * The conflation of American Christianity with American Nationalism and the evils that perspective visits upon faith. * The hypocrisy that has allowed Christians to not only own slaves and profit off their labor and fertility but to continue to block the rights of non-Caucasian peoples and treat them as second-class citizens or worse. * The rejection of social justice and charity that flies in the face of the promotion of egalitarian justice throughout the scriptures. * Evangelical demonization of Immigrants and Muslims * The hypocrisy of penalizing the "murder" of unborn fetuses while failing to care for the children & babies already emerged from the womb. What is fascinating is that the author supports each of his accusations against the evangelical immorality with carefully documented passages from many biblical sources. Hendricks has not just studied the translations of these texts, he is a linguist who can discuss his own translations as well as those of other scholars. I'm sure he steps on many "holy" toes with the publication of this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karly Noelle Abreu White

    I respect Hendricks and what he's trying to do: indict right-wing so-called "Christian nationalism" which is something more Christians, especially those with theological clout, like Hendricks, should be doing. However, I think other authors (Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Dr. Esau McCaulley, Taylor Schumann, Beth Allison Barr, among others) have beaten him to the punch. While he does concisely spell out the lack of Biblical basis for much of the right wing's extremism and causes, he veers too far from hi I respect Hendricks and what he's trying to do: indict right-wing so-called "Christian nationalism" which is something more Christians, especially those with theological clout, like Hendricks, should be doing. However, I think other authors (Kristen Kobes Du Mez, Dr. Esau McCaulley, Taylor Schumann, Beth Allison Barr, among others) have beaten him to the punch. While he does concisely spell out the lack of Biblical basis for much of the right wing's extremism and causes, he veers too far from his theological roots to make terribly compelling or convincing cases, and while he does try to have a balanced and compassionate take on root causes and underlying issues, there's a certain lack of nuance I found off-putting but hard to put my finger on. Overall, I think this is a solid sort of "primer" on what's wrong with right wing Evangelicalism in America, and if it changes anyone's mind or plants any seeds then it's doing, I think, the Lord's work. But I'd be hard pressed to recommend it over, say, Jesus and John Wayne.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andy Konigsmark

    This book is designed to deconstruct narrow belief systems found among American Christians. As a result, read this book with caution if you consider yourself a right wing evangelical Christian. If you believe a Democrat cannot be a Christian, put down the book and walk away. The author is not looking to pick a fight, instead he examines Jesus’ teachings in light of Christian Nationalism. The book deploys solid exegetical and culturally appropriate interpretation of Scripture. What does it mean t This book is designed to deconstruct narrow belief systems found among American Christians. As a result, read this book with caution if you consider yourself a right wing evangelical Christian. If you believe a Democrat cannot be a Christian, put down the book and walk away. The author is not looking to pick a fight, instead he examines Jesus’ teachings in light of Christian Nationalism. The book deploys solid exegetical and culturally appropriate interpretation of Scripture. What does it mean that Jonathan burned for King David? Why was Sodom destroyed? Who is the foreigner? As you explore your faith, ask yourself, “What do guns have to do with Jesus?” In addition, the book devotes an entire chapter to examine the Bible’s teachings on same sex relationships. It also explores the connection between the NRA and the Bible. As a result, this book is more Christian political deconstruction rather than theological edification.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Author Obery M. Hendricks, Jr is past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American seminary in the United States, a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Professor of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary. He definitely knows his stuff and uses scripture and other historical religious texts to lay out his argument that right wing Christian nationalists are both destroying our country and subverting Christianity. I appreciated his Biblical a Author Obery M. Hendricks, Jr is past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American seminary in the United States, a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Professor of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary. He definitely knows his stuff and uses scripture and other historical religious texts to lay out his argument that right wing Christian nationalists are both destroying our country and subverting Christianity. I appreciated his Biblical arguments, but there were some cases where even when I agreed with his stance that I felt like he started to rely more on political arguments than scripture. Overall, still a good look at how many evangelical Christians have thrown away actual theology for a nationalist political agenda that they call Christianity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Barclift

    The book was well written. There were many proof points on the topic of the right-wing evangelical movement and their manufactured statements about what the Bible does or doesn't say. Our book club read the book. I must say that I was eager to read it and glad when I got to the end, but along the way it made me very angry. I take great exception to rich religious figures who are taking care of themselves while asking those among us who have little to give it to them anyway. Abusing another's rel The book was well written. There were many proof points on the topic of the right-wing evangelical movement and their manufactured statements about what the Bible does or doesn't say. Our book club read the book. I must say that I was eager to read it and glad when I got to the end, but along the way it made me very angry. I take great exception to rich religious figures who are taking care of themselves while asking those among us who have little to give it to them anyway. Abusing another's religious beliefs to manipulate them is dastardly and must end. I appreciated the author's many references within the book to make his points. It made things easier to comprehend. His book, indeed, describes how the portion of the maga GOP that calls itself evangelicals is destroying our nation and our faith along with it.

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