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Righteous Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth MovementOut the Ira and Afghan wars so that they can bring Christianity to the Middle East the goth church in Texas run by Jim and Tammy Faye Baker s son the folks trying to get intelligent design into the ublic school curriculum Stephen Baldwin and the Extreme Tour and many And it s alarming stuff She interviews many eople along the way and I found myself arguing in my head with many of them How can you believe women are to be subservient Why do you think other eople must believe as you do Why must this be a Christian nation there are Zeugen aus der Todeszone people of all faiths here I think the author did a good job of showing how religion was ofersonal comfort to many of her subjects while still decrying their olitical views She made no bones about being alarmed by the whole movement She notes that evangelism is clearly opular because so many young The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives people are unclear about how to have meaning in their lives feeling disconnected from their communities But she wants her readers to be really freaked out and basically to create something similar on the left She calls for the secular liberals to have their own versions of the Christian rock festivals skate ministriesolitical colleges and self help books she describes here only with life affirming messages from the left wing Oy I d try something a bit basic How about The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride publicrograms and educational institutions that support the health safety and growth of our citizens How about some regulations that Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society prevent Wall Street banks fromutting our economy in the toilet How about an economy that does not depend almost entirely on the consumption of consumer goods for its health Fanaticism fear and intolerance are often born from insecurity Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam povertyoor education or economic instability Maybe if our country did a better job of supporting its most vulnerable citizens and working toward fairness and justice we d all be a little less susceptible to the fear mongers You might not believe it but I am totally A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 pro criticizing Christian culture frankly I think it is ridiculous but Sandler leaves behind objective journalism and has some sort of axe to grind that she just can t let go of I want to hear an honest appraisal of the foolish Christian world from a genuine outsider Sandler however seems to think there is nothing redeeming about faith no matter how raw or how accepting No one Christian can be good real genuine no one non Christian can be wrong or closed minded It is really too bad she didn t take thisroject on with of the openmindeness she Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors pretends to espouse Tolerance here is on the side of the Christians who let her into their homes and lives On a redeeming note there is no time at which we should stop really looking hard at a culture thatreaches love but Hexe practices hate so often There were so many good stories to tell why Sandler couldn t focus on the legitimate critiue and give a little I don t know I am going to be thinking and talking about this book for a while and not just because it has bizarre family relevance for me right now From the first chapter I wasn t sure how I was going to like it because it sings with a little too much bombast but it grew on me Sandler explores Evangelical Christian youth culture across a number of apparent sub communities Rock for Lifero lifers who are co opting 60s counterculture with very different goals Mars Hill Seattleites with 21st century tattoos and Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians piercings and 19th century gender roles skateboarders who skate for Christ hip hop stars and theastors who lead them youthful The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov progeny of Evangelical celebs like Billy Graham and James Dobson threeiece suit types and students attending fringe Christian universities with automatic internships on Capitol Hill Air Force cadets who believe that God has given them the mission opportunity of all eternity in Ira and others What unites them They all believe that the Last Days are upon us and they all voted for George Bush in the last electionThis book was eye opening in a number of ways good and bad Highly to most of my Bookreads als This number of ways good bad Highly to most of my Bookreads als This was fascinating book to read from multiple The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar perspectives First because I am very interested in thehenomenon of the Religious RightEvangelical Christianity as a A Companion to Vittoria Colonna political force and as a group that is redefining the way our country acts legislates and Ally dismissed by urban intellectuals Sandler has written arovocative and illuminating ortrait of young eople desperately seeking meaning community and love in an empty often terrifying social landscape Evangelical youth the Disciple Generation are a generation rising and we do need to La Partera: Story of a Midwife pay attention” Dr Donna Gaines sociologist and author of Teenage Wasteland Suburbia's Dead End Kids and A Misfit's Manifesto The Spiritual Journey of a Rock Roll Heart “Lauren Sandler has traveled among the believers and returned with a story that alarms informs and enlightens She reveals the rise of a fundamentalist style youth movement that has replaced faith with closed minded certainty and is frighteningly cult like Read this book and you will understand this Disciple Generation and the challenge itoses to a civil society” Michael D'Antonio former Newsday religion writer and author of Fall From Grace and Heaven on Earth “ Righteous is a lively robing account of today's fresh sometimes bizarre sub cultures of American evangelism Both the term ‘alternative’ and ‘evangelical’ will mean something new to you after this book Sandler's conclusions are important These kids have been forgotten by their original social worlds by secular organizations and even by Left Liberal causes In a cold new world getting saved can now seem like a young American's only source of community and warmth” Alissa uart author of Hothouse Kids The Dilemma of the Gifted Child “ Righteous is the most adroit and fascinating examination of a great national ill the muddling of faith and olitics the secular and the divine” Brad Land author of Goat. .

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I read this like 5 Years Ago And I Can and I can get over how alien a culture America s evangelical christianity is for me There are regions our country that are like completely different worlds speaking completely different languages that I was never exposed to growing up The very idea of an evangelical alternative youth culture is even mind bogglingly insane to me and yet it was my girlfriend s entire world and culture growing up and she turned out a erfectly relatable and rational and lovely human being When I was reading this I would call her afterwards with the most recent assage I couldn t get over or happened to blow my Mind And She Would Respond and she would respond yup That was her life and she was completely immersed in it for years I have spent a lot of time just trying to understand what that world was like in contrast to my own Christian Punk Rock Absurd But it is a thing and it makes sense when you realize that what defines a musical sub culture doesn t even always match between two Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings people who grew up down the street from one another let alone in entirely different regions of a given city or state or damn big country Loud aggressive music will appeal to certain kids regardless of theirerceptions of culture and societal norms Same goes for skateboarding tattoos rebellion silly haircuts and sticking it to the man Different groups from the same culture are especially interesting in their controlled vocabularies and terminology usage We use the same words as these other This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life people but to us and them they mean completely different things And on this basis communication between groups cannot help but break downredictably and repeatedly Apply this to complicated concepts and you re asking for even trouble with misunderstandings based on assumed cultural Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 perceptions and ideas taken for granted and you begin to understand the mess our country is in today I don t think I will ever find this subject NOT fascinatingterrifyingbizarre Lauren Sandler writes about rockingro lifers skater missionaries tattooed theologians sons of televangelists college students who try to live up to all the meanings of the word disciple scientists who believe in intelligent design military missionaries and Young Republicans with clarity and a touch of wit The writing is excellent And the story telling is truly brilliantAs someone who went to a Christian college I know she s telling the truth about evangelical youthsBut as a secular someone who is intimately familiar with the evangelical movement and has several evangelical friends I struggle with Sandler s main remisesSandler writes about the evangelical movement with an us versus them erspective She couches everything in terms of secularism versus evangelicalsim those with reason versus those lacking it those with self confidence and self esteem versus those lacking it the strong versus the weak And she says evangelicals started it Sh A journalist travels through America to examine the Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People phenomenon of fundamentalist Christian Youth evangelismDisturbing in many waysEspecially the chapters on their battle to have Creationism and Intelligent Design taught in schools and the description of how some elements in the US military literally believe that they re fighting a holy war in the Middle Eastto bring about the end timesI also found the section about attempts to combine Church and State in America through grooming ofotential law makers in Christian colleges uite fascinating Some interesting oints are raised about Secular and Christian viewpoints of similar eventsFor those with an interest in mass communication it makes you think about the adoption of opular culture to spread a religious messageWell worth reading If you enjoyed thisyou might enjoy the movieJesus CampFor investigative reporting of another varietycheck out Bill Buford s Among the ThugsYou might also enjoy The Big Bang The Buddha and the Baby Boom by Wes Nisker An NPR reporter who writes for the LA Times Zheng Guogu probes within the 21st century Evangelical youth movement in the USA with character sketches and interviews of those caught up in this growing lifestyle The tone is sometimes uneven with the author at timeserhaps a bit disparaging as she tries to resent the range of inroads the evangelicals have made in the last generation as. There’s a new youth movement afoot in this country It’s a counterculture fusion of olitics and Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums pop and it’s taking over a high school near you Like the waves that came before it it’s gotassion music and anti authority osturing but than anything else this one has God So what does it mean when today’s youth counterculture has a mindset akin to Jerry Falwell’s than Abbie Hoffman’s In RIGHTEOUS Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement Lauren Sandler a dynamic young journalist reports from this junction of Evangelicalism and youth culture traveling across the country to investigate the alternative Christian explosion Using the grassroots modus operandi of the 1960s these religious kids – art of the “Disciple Generation” as Sandler calls it – turn an antiauthoritarian sneer toward liberalism feminism Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms pacifism and every other hallmark of that era’s counterculture And they’re engaging theireers with startling success fusing The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick pop cultureolitics and religion as they reach from the ulpit of the skate Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns park bar and rock concert Secular liberal andractically the embodiment of everything Evangelicalism deems unholy Sandler travels with skateboard missionaries hangs out with the tattooed members of a 29 and Counting: A Chick's Guide to Turning 30 a Chick's Guide to Turning 30 postpunk Seattle megachurch that has evolved into a self sufficient community camps out with a rock’n’roll antiabortion group and gets to know the rapreachers who are merging hip hop’s love of money with old fashioned bible beating fundamentalism Much than a mere observer she connects with these young eople on an intimate level and the candor with which they reveal themselves to her is truly aston. They reach out to the marginalized or those in adolescence using the latest effective marketing strategies of mass media and the dominant culture She does recognize it is a need for community and structure in a world that seems to be losing both that drives these new converts and generally respects their faith as a sincere commitment Like her I am troubled by how easily so many will dismiss facts evidence and critical thinking seeing them as unnecessary and unimportant and what is worse dangerous that is if any should bring into uestion the literal reading of the Bible as inerrant fact or at least in the manner that their church leaders suggest it is Don t think for yourself but follow blindly on faith in return for feeling accepted or comfortable such approaches always make me nervous and the fact so many millions of Americans are buying into this is troubling The sections on the anti abortion rock concerts the Intelligent Design sophistry showdown in Dover PA and the skater boys outreach were not news to me but the sections on Patrick Henry College the New Life church serving the Air Force Academy and the Mars Hill group in Seattle were and they are all dedicated to using Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online politicalower and influence to make others conform to their views on family and gender relationships I found the whole faith system set up by Creflo Dollar so Star Wars - Jabba the Hutt - The Art of the Deal popular in rap circlesreaching that Christianity is all about getting the most bling to be vile and I am absolutely startled by how many both go for it and see no The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage problem with it And until I read this book I had no idea Stephen Baldwin had a recent life outside of The Celebrity Apprentice It turns out he has been an evangelical youth right wingolitics celeb for years A kind of anthropological look at what the author calls the disciple generation young Christians from their mid teens to mid thirties She looks some at clean cut kids at laces like Patrick Henry College where a large roportion of the students serve as GOP interns in DC but has a special fascination with tattooed hipster Christians who run skateboard ministries and New Cutting Edge Elementary Students' Book play in rock bands Mars Hill Church in Seattle gets a focused lookTo me the author s most interestingoint was that evangelical Christianity is the only thing out there right now for kidsyoung eople who are looking for meaning and community The acceptance and intense emotional experiences are very appealing to teenagers who are feeling lost or hurt or without direction and just want to belong somewhere Secularliberal groups don t really offer an euivalent alternative which she argues has huge conseuences for the future direction of the country This is a scary and engrossing look at the current evangelical youth movement Did you know unk rock skateboarders had their own church I remembered this book while Monica Goodling a graduate of Regents University was testifying on the Alberto Gonzales debacle Sandler doesn t mention Regents a Christian university established by Pat Robertson where Goodling received her JD but she does mention Patrick Henry College with the mission reparing Christian men and women who will lead o I robably shouldn t read this type of topical nonfiction It relies fairly heavily on will lead o I Challenged by Love E-Boxed Set probably shouldn t read this type of topical nonfiction It relies fairly heavily on idea that some ominous cultural orolitical activity is getting bigger and bigger and is about to threaten our Very Way of Life But while I am a naturally anxious Communicating With Animals : The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals person I m totally on to these yahoos that need to make me believe that swine fluhomophobesfeministsRepublicansimmigrantsChinaMuslimsetc are about to bring about some sort of dystopian future I get that there are threats in the world andeople with whom I completely disagree And Robot Programming people with bombs and guns and stuff But fear is counterproductive It s not a good basis for a worldview It does however sell lots of books and magazines The author of this book is talented she writes engagingly about the young evangelicals She looks at many differentarts of the whole alternative ministries reaching out to ierced and tattooed types I like to think of them as Bedazzled with slang filled but still very conservative messages the home schooled ultra conservative oliticos at Patrick Henry College who are looking to take over Washington the evangelicals in the military that believe God brought ab. Ishing Illuminating often troubling and unapologetically frank RIGHTEOUS introduces a bold new voice into the ongoing debate over religion in American life And it is the first in depth front line exploration of the country’s new moral majority – dressed up in Our Fake Relationship punk rock garb – and what its influence could mean for the future of America BACKCOVER Advanced Praise “Lauren Sandler obliterates the naïve and complacent hope that keeps most secularists and religious moderates sleepingeacefully each night the hope that in 21st century America the young know better than to adopt the lunatic religious certainties of a The Blitzkrieg Legend prior age The young do not know better In their schools skatearks rock concerts and in the ranks of our nation’s military our children are gleefully reparing a bright future of ignorance and religious fascism for us all If you have any doubt that there is a culture war that must be waged and won by secularists in America read this book” Sam Harris author of The End Of Faith And Letter of Faith and Letter a Christian Nation “It is no easy thing to enter into the world of the young evangelicals to feel deeply their alienation to breathe their air and share their electric conviction that they are the rising counterculture against an empty world Lauren Sandler has done it and done it with an effervescence and honesty that make her travels in Disciple America jump off the age” Todd Gitlin Professor of Journalism and Sociology Columbia University and author of The Intellectuals and the Flag At once controversial critical blasphemous and compassionate Righteous offers a compelling journey into a growing youth subculture typic.