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Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity Kindle Edition
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"Whether you're a conservative Christ follower or a seeker straddling the fence of what to believe, Turner's book will challenge all that you've assumed and presumed to be historically accurate about America's founding religious voices."―Book Reporter
"Mr. Turner's critique of American Christian society becomes a call for serious reflection worth listening to."―Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD by Matthew Paul Turner combines history, social commentary and good writing into a powerful work that tells us just why we Americans are all so crazy-God made us do it! If you want to understand America, read this book."―Frank Schaeffer, author, And God Said, Billy!
"A delightful overview of American church history with a perfect blend of sarcasm, irreverence, and love. Illuminating, engaging, and playful, this book is the best thing that has happened to America's God since, well, America. You will love this book, provided you're not a Calvinist."―Ed Cyzewski author, The Good News of Revelation and A Christian Survival Guide
"Whip-smart, wry, acerbic, and surprisingly tender, OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD is a grand family tree of the union between God and America. As a Canadian who is often baffled by-while still very influenced by-this great big American God, I found Turner's book enlightening, bold, and downright funny."―Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist
"I read Matthew Paul Turner books for two reasons, he's been a good friend for years and his ideas always challenge me. The question, "Who have I made God out to be?" is a critical one to wrestle with, and this book provides the gym for the match."―Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start
"In this book Matthew Paul Turner gives us a glimpse into how the church in America has been trying its best to destroy Christianity, and gives us some hope that it might just survive regardless."―Peter Rollins
"With humor and refreshing candor, Turner has once again challenged the status quo, dared us to all to challenge our pre-conceived notions of God, and succeeded in bringing our eyes back to a God that just simply loves us all."―Timothy Kurek, author of the bestselling book, The Cross in the Closet
"Who knew I could have this much fun reading about Puritans, Great Awakenings, and Jerry Falwell? Who knew a historical book about American Christianity could make me laugh out loud and still cringe at my own hypocrisy? Matthew Paul Turner's story of America's God may make you uncomfortable. It may even offend you. But you will walk away from this book wiser. You will long to know a God outside of culture and time, a God unmarked by humanity's stain."―Micha Boyett, Author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B00FPQCSOU
- Publisher : Jericho Books (August 19, 2014)
- Publication date : August 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 861 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,199,096 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I definitely share Turner's annoyance with American Christianity's fervent embrace of nationalism. The short of it is that Christians in this country were taught from the pulpits to view America as God's new covenant chosen nation. As Turner points out, this attitude served the country's leaders and capitalists extremely well. I'm not one to compliment the Jehovah's Witnesses cult but I do believe their teachings regarding politics, governments, and nationalism fit the New Testament model a lot more closely than the red, white, and blue jingoistic patriotism of many Evangelical and Fundamentalist churches (1 Peter 2:11).
I hesitatingly recommend this book. Sure, Turner's choices of what constitutes the major themes of the American Christian story are interesting, informative, and even funny at times but I often cringed at his scoffing, as if the work of the Holy Spirit among imperfect believers is something to be laughed at with contempt. Yet, with Falwellian hyper-nationalism as a prime example, some of our foibles do deserve a critical, Dennis Miller-ish thrashing. Turner covers about 400 years of American Christian history in 220 pages so buckle your seatbelt. If history's not your thing the numerous names, places, and dates may be a bit overwhelming.
Matthew Paul? What's up with that? "Matt" would be fine for most guys. Oops! Sorry. This book is starting to rub off on me.
In the United States, religion and patriotism are two ends of the same stick. It is unfathomable to be one but not the other. Can you be a patriotic atheist?
All Americans have a complicated relationship with religion, not just the religious or non-religious. Though I wholeheartedly believe that the United States is not a “Christian nation,” religion definitely impacts everyday matters in America.
I picked up Our Great Big American God via a recommendation from a colleague after discussing the role of Christianity in culture. The book is great at explaining the theology of certain groups throughout American history, starting with the Puritans and ending with the Moral Majority. Each group left significant on America, however, the lasting impacts were not really discussed in the book. I guess I was looking for more of an outsider’s view of Christianity in American history.
Additionally, I felt the author tried to throw in some wit here and there and it typically fell flat. At times he would address God like an independent figure and other times treat God like a figment of the collective’s imagination. All in all, it felt disjointed.
The book is good with lots of resources, it just did not fit my taste. I'm now more interested in the resources he used rather than this book.