It is no mistake that nearly half of the American population doesn’t attend church as over the past 30 years religion turned intolerant.

“UNChristian,” reveals why it is happening, but surprisingly doesn't recognize the role of Christianity, the group that nurtures them, as a part of the reason for the drop.

“UNChristian” reveals how Americans are turned off by religion, especially that of the Right Wing evangelical type with its deep persecution complex and in-your-face intolerance. Researchers David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, interviewed hundreds of young Christians and found that that those from 16-29 think there is too much religion in politics, the church is filled with hypocrites and the church not only hates the sin, but the sinner as well.

Amazingly, the researchers seemed surprised by the younger generations disdain for religion’s stance on homosexuality and Kinnaman said, “Our hostility toward gays — not just opposition to homosexual politics and behaviors but disdain for gay individuals — has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith. When you introduce yourself as a Christian to a friend, neighbor, or business associate who is an outsider you might as well have it tattooed on your arm: anti-homosexual, gay-hater, homophobic.” In a nationwide survey released discussed in the book, the image of "evangelicals" rated tenth out of eleven groups evaluated, beating out only prostitutes.

The book reveals a lot about evangelical religious practices while also showing the naiveté of the researchers who registered surprise that proselytizing dropped off sharply, not understanding that hawkers of religion fall into the same category as telemarketers—people don’t want to hear it. Still, the information contained in this book is valuable if for no other reason it presents one side of what is afoot in the country.

Already, Protestants slipped below 50% of American religious denominations for the first time in the history of the United States. It is not news. Protestantism started into decline nearly 30 years ago and shows no signs of slowing. UNChristian deals with this issue as well as many others, such as the loss of membership in evangelical faiths.

The numbers were always inflated, but by their own account, evangelical Christians make up only 6-7% of the population, a far cry from the reported 25-30% that allowed them a degree of political power. For those who keep up with what’s happening on the religious front, the book represents valuable research even though the developers seem completely unaware of the part their own belief system plays in their findings.

The most telling moment in the book occurs early on when UNChristian quotes a stinging rebuke from a male interviewee stating that today’s Christianity, “Doesn’t look very much like Jesus.” Again, the information and statistics remain interesting and thought provoking, but the apparent disregard for their own research as far as seeking solutions seems almost contrived, but it may be a necessary blind spot. 

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Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 14, 2013 at 3:14pm

Free is absolutely the way to fly!

Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 14, 2013 at 3:13pm

Joan--Absolutely. You have the right book. I use my iPad for the same thing. I like it for the cut and paste for writing and footnotes. It makes life easier. I used to use a small hand scanner to capture information. Now I do it the easy way. It makes capturing info easy and all I have to do is format the footnotes.

Comment by Luara on October 14, 2013 at 3:07pm

I us Kindle as well and I agree with Luara, it is a nice device.

I just downloaded the Kindle app to do it on my laptop. It's free, free is good :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 3:02pm

Donald, I us Kindle as well and I agree with Luara, it is a nice device. I also pull down free materials from the internet. Often an author of a book I don't want to buy has an article about the topic at no cost on the internet. 

One of the things I like about Kindle, I can copy and paste sections of a book that I want to use as I respond to it and then can erase the copy. 

Are you referring to Out of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa by Keith B. Richburg?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 14, 2013 at 2:50pm

Sentient, while at Laura's home, I used her iPad and couldn't figure out how to correct my mistakes, so I sent out a lot of funny looking words and sentences. A different kind of keyboard got me! 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 14, 2013 at 2:47pm

Sentient. I think you'll enjoy it.

Comment by Sentient Biped on October 14, 2013 at 1:06pm
Don a book habit is a laudibe 'vice'. I have one too. In my case these days uts more audiobooks, which in the case of good one I listen to repeatedly. Because of yor recommendation I am listening to Out of America.

In this case I will depend on your review. My better side says I should read what 'the other side' has to say, but at this point I cant stomach their bullshit. So thank you for describibg your experience and impressions.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 14, 2013 at 10:14am
Laura--thanks, I needed that! Lol
Comment by Donald R Barbera on October 14, 2013 at 10:13am
Laura--I'm going to check it out and see if I am assaulted.
Comment by Luara on October 14, 2013 at 10:12am

It's now cool to be a nerd! 

I just "discovered" Kindle.  Now I don't have to go to the library for books - that carries a big risk of dog exposure in the library or on the road.  And I don't have to settle for the junky magazine in the doctor's waiting room. 

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