During the past 40 years, the evangelical Christian Church in America has undergone a transformation. In an attempt to reshape the country in order to restore a moral, Biblically-based foundation, conservative theology has been married to conservative political thought. For many people, to be a "social" conservative Republican and a conservative evangelical Christian mean the same thing. Has this transformation been positive or has it been a lethal form of syncretism?
As an evangelical Christian since childhood, Coleman Luck has been raised in the church. He studied the Bible at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where his father, the late Dr. G. Coleman Luck, was a professor. However, a few years later, Coleman's life took an unexpected turn. After doing graduate study at USC, he entered the entertainment industry of Hollywood as a writer. A few years later he became a television producer and the Showrunner of the hit television series of the late 1980's, The Equalizer.
Coleman has had a unique vantage point from which to view the cultural and political wars of the last decades. It is from this double perspective, as both an evangelical Christian and a long-term member of the Hollywood community, that Coleman has written The Curse of Conservatism.
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Reviewed by Elena E. Smith Are all Christian Republicans, and are all Republicans Christians? The answer is no, and Luck explains why. He documents how modern American Christianity and the Republican Party became closely associated, and why that marriage was doomed to fail. Luck reaffirms what following Jesus Christ means in the modern world, what Biblical Christians stand for, and how to live out that life. There are words of fear and words of hope in this book, illustrated with personal stories and sprinkled with witty sarcasm. Luck also challenges the modern church to examine its own practices with as much fervor as they use to rebuke the lifestyles of others. He reaffirms God's true call and the joy that brings.