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Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and other lies you've been told by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD

Finally, some really Good News in statistics about Christians--Evangelical Christians. This non-fiction book should be on every Christian's book shelf , especially every Pastor's bookshelf.

I have been so depressed hearing how bad Christians are and how we are losing so much ground, how American isn't a Christian Nation anymore, how Christians marriages end in divorce as much or more as non-Christian marriages. I've heard that teenagers are leaving the church as fast as lightening. I've heard that sexual immorality is rampant among Christians. All of that is balderdash--poppycock.

Amen, brother, preach on about how to actually read statistics, and how the question is worded means as much as the answer given. Preach on about how few numbers answering the question also means higher differential rate (that means the percentage of accuracy versus inaccuracy is much greater).

Reading this book brought back so much of my Statistical Research college class and fond memories of Dr. David Martin, my professor for the class. But, that is a side-note only.

This Wright has his doctorate in Sociology and he literally shatters so many myths that have abounded about Christians that you feel like you have emerged from a shroud of deceit after you've finished the book. You can't get it all in one sit-down session. You have to savor it like a good cup of coffee and fresh roses.

Buy it, read it, study it, you will be so very glad you did!

ABOUT THE BOOK
You've probably heard the many negative media reports about the evangelical church, such as:
  • Christian young people are leaving the Christian faith in record numbers
  • The divorce rate among Christians is as high as those of nonbelievers
  • Christians today are watered down in their beliefs and actions
But are these truly accurate?

In Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and Other Lies You've Been Told, sociologist Bradley R.E. Wright shatters these popular myths, along with many others. Using the best available data, he reveals to readers why and how many of the commonly shared statistics are incomplete and inaccurate.
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

4 comments:

Kristine said...

I'd heard about this book and have been wanting to read it. Thank you for the review :)

Gina Burgess said...

It is truly worth the money and is a super moral booster :)

Andi said...

I find it interesting that he makes these claims apparently he's not sat in with a room of divorced singles who were all married in the church and to Christians at one point. Divorce is happening in the CHURCH more than ever before! And he apparently doesn't pay attention to all the HATERS standing in protest of Prop 8 in California saying that God Hates you, turn or burn, etc. There is more hate coming from "Evangelical Christians" than ever before. It's really sad, and a group that I don't want to be lumped in with.
~Andi

Gina Burgess said...

Andi, this is precisely the point of the book. We are embedded in our perceptions of our close circle. It is just like buying a new car, let's say an Chevy HHR, and then suddenly we start noticing all the HHRs on the road. WOW, we had no idea there were so many. When the fact is there are no more HHRs on the road than before we bought the car, we are just noticing them more.

This book is all about bursting the myth bubbles and blowing away perception with FACTS.

When we hear something often enough, we start to believe it. Perception is reality for most people. Unless we wipe away the cobwebs of perception and actually start looking for the Truth, and Facts, we leave ourselves open to the Father of Lies.

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