The Hijacking of Jesus
How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate
By (author) Dan Wakefield
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Hijacking of Jesus by Dan Wakefield
Book DescriptionChristianity in America has become almost synonymous with right-wing fanaticism, conservative politics and -- courtousy of Mel Gibson -- a brutally sadistic version of the religious experience. Millions of devout Christians, like Dan Wakefield, are appalled by this distortion of their faith, which only three decades ago stood for peace, equality, healing, and compassion for society's outcasts -- the issues that made up the Ministry of Jesus. How did it come to pass that the Jesus of the New Testament, the Jesus who preached the Sermon on the Mount, has in effect been hijacked by right-wingers and the Republican Party? How is it that mainline Christian denominations and leadership, both Catholic and Prostestant, have remained remarkably silent on the issues of the war in Iraq, the civil rights erosion of the Patriot Act, the growth of poverty and the fact of over 40 million people without health insurance? The Hijacking of Jesus tells the whole sorry tale, from the Goldwater campaign of 1964 to George Bush's stunning re-election in 2004.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781560259565
(210mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Nation Books
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dan Wakefield
Kurt Vonnegut, Paperback / softback (January 2014)
Previously published: Delacorte Press, 2012.
New York in the Fifties, Paperback / softback (March 2011)
Wakefield's memoir chronicles his move to New York City in the 1950s.
Spiritually Incorrect, Paperback (August 2006)» View all books by Dan Wakefield
Why is poverty sacred, wealth profane? Can a coffee house be a sacred space? Can a man pray in public and still be "macho"? This book gives an exploration of such questions that is a quest to free the spiritual world from pretension, anxiety and the seemingly endless rules that can dictate how you identify with religion.
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Author Biography - Dan Wakefield
Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose best-selling novels "Going All The Way" and "Starting Over" were produced as feature films. He created the NBC prime time TV series "James at 15." A documentary film has been produced of his memoir "New York in the Fifties". His non-fiction books on spirituality include "Returning: A Spiritual Journey;" "Creating from The Spirit;" "The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography," "Expect a Miracle," and "How Do We Know When It's God ?: A Spiritual Memoir."
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