Holy Land U.S.A.: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape


Catholic Press Award Winner. Why, transforming centuries of bitter divisions, are Catholics becoming more evangelical and evangelicals more Catholic? Peter Feuerherd explores how America’s two largest religious groups are changing our cultural and religious landscape.

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Catholic Press Award Winner. Why, transforming centuries of bitter divisions, are Catholics becoming more evangelical and evangelicals more Catholic? Peter Feuerherd explores how America’s two largest religious groups are changing our cultural and religious landscape.

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Publishers Weekly
A little more than 40 years ago, many Protestants in the U.S. thought that a Catholic in the White House was a sign of the Apocalypse. Now, Catholics and Protestants often find themselves on the same side of political and social battle lines. "The barriers are breaking down," writes award-winning religion journalist Feuerherd, a self-described "liberal New Yorker" who investigates the evangelical Protestant movement in the U.S. Feuerherd begins his exploration at the Holy Land theme park in Orlando, Fla., which boasts a replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem and tour guides who proselytize visitors. Feuerherd also writes about his time at the Protestant-run American Bible Society in New York, where he worked as an editor, and investigates the Willow Creek megachurch in suburban Chicago. He is not afraid to levy criticisms against some intolerant evangelicals, but he never does so at arm's length-he inserts himself into the evangelical world and one can sense his appreciation growing. His daughter's recent decision to forgo Catholicism and attend an evangelical church presents Feuerherd with a new perspective on evangelical hospitality that he generously shares with the reader. Feuerherd's writing style is light and often humorous, which helps defuse many of the Catholic/evangelical tensions he encounters. (Sept. 28) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Journalist Feuerherd, a self-proclaimed Catholic, worked for 20 years for the Catholic diocesan press before becoming an editor for the American Bible Society, a move that immersed him in the diverse spectrum of Evangelical culture. He gives us his own descriptions and examples of mega-churches, social reformers, the Religious Right, the crusades of evangelist Billy Graham, the role of women in the church, the rigid "born-again" people in government, and more. In one situation, he describes a racially diverse congregation that believes in a Jesus of divine beauty and power, the Jesus the great Catholic mystics know but also a Jesus who is present and applies to contemporary times. This is something about which most Catholics feel uncomfortable. Feuerherd also observes that the "God's wrath" focus of Evangelicals is overstated; that community, family relations and dysfunctions, and the healing of marriages are actually more often talked about than is God's wrath. Today's Catholics and Evangelicals, he writes, are discovering common ground. As it would be rare for such subject matter to be addressed in Roman Catholic or Protestant evangelical pulpits, this interesting and informative book is recommended for all libraries. George Westerlund, formerly with Providence P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824522971
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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