Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites...and Other Lies You've Been Told
A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media
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What if all the bad news you've been hearing about Christians isn't true?
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.
Recipient of the 2011 Christianity Today Book Award (Christianity and Culture)
"Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope this book goes viral because this book shows that there's lots of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West."
Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
"Amid the widespread, distorted, alarmist, and erroneous claims about American Christianity, it is always good to learn some basic, reliable facts. Brad Wright pulls together a lot of good ones in the pages here to reconnect people to reality. Let us hope that the misinformed critics and alarmists pay attention."
Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
"This is an extremely needed book that is a delight to read."
Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Baylor University
"Brad Wright's book is well-written and intelligent, and does a fine job of challenging received wisdom on a wide variety of topics. I hope the book finds the audience it deserves."
Penn State University and Baylor University
"A welcome, calming voice to the cacophony of data interpreters of American evangelicalism. Using insider sensitivity combined with a nose for objective data sources, Wright has offered evangelical Christians a real gift with this book. I hope they recognize it."
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Author, Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers