The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate

The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate

by Dan Wakefield

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Christianity 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560259565
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

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."

Table of Contents

The Armies of the Right     1
Earthly Revelation: Evangelicals Discover Blacks, the Poor, and the Environment!     31
How They Hijacked Jesus     61
Invasion of the Leukocytes     85
The Wedges: Dividing to Conquer     101
Megachurch Meets Mainstream     125
Taking Back the Faith     153
Acknowledgments     197
Index     199

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