Saturday, July 17, 2010
Christians are Hate Filled Hypocrites.... And Other Lies You've Been Told
by Bradley R.E. Wright, PhD
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.
I will admit that the first time I started reading this book, my mind started swimming with the statistics and I just put it aside. I am not a statistics person. They just don't interest me a lot because I think you can make numbers say anything you want. Want people to think the sky is falling? You can find a statistic for that. Want people to think they should never eat chocolate again? There is a statistic for that.
However, when I had a few minutes and picked up this book and gave it a honest look again, I realized that was exactly the point of this book. We hear so many negative statistics regarding the church and Christians every day. So many of them are frightening and downright discouraging. However, as Dr. Wright points out, they simply are not true. So many of them are just numbers which have been exaggerated and twisted.
The book definitely gives us a new set of eyes to look at all the statistics we are thrown each day in the media. It is a perspective you will appreciate after all the negativity!
The book was provided free by Bethany Publishing for my honest review.