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Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox Kindle Edition
-- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A very American struggle....[Wright] memorably articulates his battle...between doubt and belief." -- Newsweek
"An entertaining, and insightful account...vivid...beautifully rendered stories."
-- Chicago Tribune
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Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in a seedy motel; Anton LaVey, the kitsch-loving, gleefully fraudulent founder of the First Church of Satan; Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose litigious atheism sometimes resembled a brand of faith; Matthew Fox, the Dominican priest who has aroused the fury of the Vatican for dismissing the doctrine of original sin and denouncing the church as a dysfunctional family; Walker Railey, the rising star of Dallas's Methodist church, who, at the pinnacle of his success, was suspected of attempting to murder his wife; and Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher whose challenges to established ways of thinking have made him a legend in his own time.
By letting us listen to their voices and see the individuals in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004JHYK60
- Publisher : Vintage; Reprint edition (May 4, 2011)
- Publication date : May 4, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 1774 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #712,525 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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One advantage of reading these 1990’s contemporary portraits is that through internet searches you can learn that Swaggart and Fox are still preaching as was Campbell until his death. While the strangled Mrs. Railey died in 2012 her probable assailant, Mr. Railey, has managed to stay under the online radar. LeVey’s and O’Hair’s lives ended, not long after this book’s publication. LeVey” died “normally”; O’Hair in a strange murder/abduction.
I think this book suffers in format. Each of these complex personalities has a short piece, while each really requires a full scale biography. I think it also suffers because Wright has only a loose idea of its purpose. It isn’t clear why these particular people are selected nor what Wright is trying to say about sainthood and sinning through them.
You can see the beginning of Wright as the great writer/journalist he has become.