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Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America

by Robert S. McElvaine

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This is a well written book that offers real insight into the concerns that many of use have regarding religious extremism in matters relating to education, health care, and freedom of speech.
  davepave | Nov 26, 2010 |
I can't say that I don't agree with most of what Mcelvaine has to say about the people he calls out in this book. But I think true Christianity is somewhere between what the author seems to imply (just be nice and helpful) and the radical, angry fear mongering of the book's subjects

For instance, he insists that the biggest problem with the leaders of right-wing 'Christians' is that they don't follow the teachings of Christ (which is true), but he ignores several of Christ's teachings (being 'born again' or the idea of final punishment for sinners) and rails against those who insist on it. He accuses them of only following the teachings they find convenient. (Again true) but he himself ignores those that he doesn't find convenient.

I'm looking for someone to rebuke the right wing fanatics, but who doesn't practice some of the same hypocrisy.
Overall he makes some valid points, but I think he's guilty of being too liberal on the issues that the fanatics are too conservative about. ( )
  GBev2009 | Jul 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307395782, Hardcover)

“Jesus never wrote a book, but I recognize his handwriting in Grand Theft Jesus. Like Jesus, McElvaine uses lively illustrations and a serious sense of humor to cleanse the temple of exclusive and exploitative religion.”
–The Reverend Alan Storey,Calvary Methodist Church, South Africa

“We’re mad as Heaven, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” declares historian Robert McElvaine in this passionate and often hilarious rallying cry for sincere Jesus Followers. He lets the rest of society know that the extreme right wing won’t be allowed to speak for all Christians any longer. His whip-smart, take-no-prisoners polemic lays bare the Christian Right’s “Easy Jesus” creed, in which people who claim to accept Jesus get a free pass to lie in his name. Grand Theft Jesus exposes the televangelists and the leaders of megachurches as the people Jesus warned us about–the wolves in sheep’s clothing of our day.

The religion that McElvaine calls ChristianityLite resembles schemes that promise “Lose weight without diet or exercise!” Its leaders say, “Be saved without sacrifice or good works!” Run by a crew of politicians, megachurch preachers, televangelists, hypocrites, and snake-oil salesmen, it has hijacked true Christianity and distorted it into something Jesus wouldn’t recognize. Its leaders have taken the generous and loving ideals of Christ and twisted them into a religion that advocates war and intolerance, values money above charity, preaches hatred instead of brotherhood, and promises “true” believers the keys to the gates of the kingdom of God–and to the bank vault.

Jesus’ radical message of love and peace has been drowned out by the bluster, the hate, and the selfishness that often passes for Christianity in America. McElvaine names names in his list of “Leading Lites” who have earned spots on Jesus’ Ten Most Unwanted List and exposes the hypocritical (Ted Haggard), the disgraceful (Pat Robertson), and the shocking (Ann Coulter). Grand Theft Jesus blends outrage and humor in a compelling argument that will help to resurrect the real Jesus, who has been crucified and interred by the “Right Reverends” who recite the Apostles’ Greed, are pro-choice on wars of choice, and preach the Greater Gory of Christ.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:41 -0400)

"We're mad as Heaven, and we're not going to take it anymore!" declares historian Robert McElvaine in this passionate and often hilarious rallying cry for sincere Jesus followers. He lets us know that the extreme right wing won't be allowed to speak for all Christians any longer. This polemic blends outrage and humor to expose the televangelists and the leaders of megachurches as the people Jesus warned us about. The religion McElvaine calls ChristianityLite promises, "Be saved without sacrifice or good works!" Run by a crew of politicians, megachurch preachers, televangelists, hypocrites, and snake-oil salesmen, it has hijacked true Christianity and distorted it into something Jesus wouldn't recognize, a religion that advocates war and intolerance, values money above charity, preaches hatred instead of brotherhood, and promises "true" believers the keys to the gates of the kingdom of God--and to the bank.--From publisher description.… (more)

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