Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
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--James Martin, SJ, author of "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything"""
"Not only is Ross Douthat's account of orthodox Christianity's decline provocative, but his critique of today's ascendant heresies is compelling. This volume is a sustained proof of Chesterton's thesis that when people turn from God, 'they don't believe in nothing--they believe in anything.' Everyone who is interested in why the church is faring as it is in U.S. culture today needs to get this book."
--Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
""Bad Religion "is nothing short of prophetic. In a time of religious, political, and cultural upheaval, Ross Douthat tells the American faithful--liberals, conservatives, and everybody in between--not what we want to hear, but what we desperately need to hear. With this provocative and challenging work that no thoughtful Christian can afford to ignore, Douthat assures his place in the first rank of his generation's public intellectuals."
--Rod Dreher, author of "Crunchy Cons" and senior editor of "The American Conservative"
""Bad Religion" is superb: sharply critical of the amazing variety of American religious pathologies, but fair; blunt in diagnosis, but just; telling a dark tale, but telling it hopefully. For those trying to understand the last half-century or more of American religion, and to strive for a better future, it is an indispensable book."
--Alan Jacobs, author of "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis"
"A brilliantly reasoned argument for orthodox Christianity and the need for vibrant faith in society. In this perceptive and timely work, Ross Douthat extolls the 'vital center' of belief while calling out the fashionable heretics among us. This is one 'Bad Religion' we can all believe in."
--Raymond Arroyo, "New York Times" bestselling author, host of EWTN's "The World Over Live"
"Mr. Douthat offers a lively, convincing argument for what kind of religion we need."--Mark Oppenheimer "New York Times "
"Bad Religion" is an important book. It brings a probing, perceptive analysis to bear on the tragic hollowing out of American Christianity. In Douthat, readers have a guide who explains how we ended up drinking at a narcissistic trough draped in spirituality that doesn't quench anybody's deepest thirst...."--G. Jeffrey MacDonald "Christian Science Monitor "