Rescuing Jesus

Rescuing Jesus

How People Of Color, Women, And Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

eBook - 2015
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An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movement Most of what we think we know about evangelicals is wrong, or is well on its way to being outdated. Generational changes and the shifting racial make-up of evangelical Christians are changing what we think of as evangelical culture and politics. Today's young evangelicals are more likely than their elders to accept same-sex marriage, more inclined to think of "pro-life" issues as being about support for the poor, and more accepting of equality between men and women. Those on the leading edge of progressive evangelicalism-white, black, Asian, and Hispanic, as well as straight and LGBTQ, believers-are working to change the substance of evangelicalism and to wrest power away from conservative Christians. In Rescuing Jesus, Deborah Jian Lee, a journalist and former evangelical, brings readers deep inside this progressive movement and tells the stories of the young women and men at the forefront of it. Given the clout that conservative evangelicals still hold in national politics, Lee argues, this movement is important not only for the future of evangelicalism but for the future of our country.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780807033487
0807033480
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc
Summary: An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movement Most of what we think we know about evangelicals is wrong, or is well on its way to being outdated. Generational changes and the shifting racial make-up of evangelical Christians are changing what we think of as evangelical culture and politics. Today's young evangelicals are more likely than their elders to accept same-sex marriage, more inclined to think of "pro-life" issues as being about support for the poor, and more accepting of equality between men and women. Those on the leading edge of progressive evangelicalism-white, black, Asian, and Hispanic, as well as straight and LGBTQ, believers-are working to change the substance of evangelicalism and to wrest power away from conservative Christians. In Rescuing Jesus, Deborah Jian Lee, a journalist and former evangelical, brings readers deep inside this progressive movement and tells the stories of the young women and men at the forefront of it. Given the clout that conservative evangelicals still hold in national politics, Lee argues, this movement is important not only for the future of evangelicalism but for the future of our country.

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Dec 20, 2015

Just finished Rescuing Jesus : How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee.
I was a little put-off by the book's title - which turned out to be misleading since, Jesus isn't really the one being rescued. But it had some good recommendations, so I dove in anyway. Rescuing Jesus really surprised me. I expected it to be a "rant" about these issues. Instead, I found myself drawn in by the personal stories, and fascinated by the well-researched history that was interspersed throughout the book.

The personal stories are of people that have been marginalized by their Evangelical communities for their gender, race, or orientation. But rather than abandon their faith, where many stories end, these stories move beyond the pain to self-discovery and finding a calling, rooted in faith, to serve others.

It definitely identifies problems that we have inherited in an Evangelical culture dominated by straight, white, males for generations. So if you're not open to being shown those systemic problems and how they impact people, it's probably not a book you will enjoy.

If you are willing to take some time to try and view life in Evangelical circles from some new perspectives, you will be glad you did. I wholeheartedly recommend this book for those in this category.

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