A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed
Author: Mark I. Pinsky
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In this insightful and accessible book, religion journalist Mark Pinsky takes the curious reader on a tour of the fascinating world of Sunbelt evangelicalism. Pinsky, religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, uses his unique position as a Jew covering evangelical Christianity to help nonevangelicals understand the hopes, fears, and motivations of this growing subculture and breaks down some of the stereotypes that nonevangelicals have of evangelicals.
'I hope you'll find laughter, perhaps puzzlement, and heartfelt interest in how people just like you wrestle with feelings, values, and beliefs that touch the core of their beings. And I hope you'll catch a glimpse of someone learning to understand and get along with folks whose convictions differ from his own,' Pinsky writes in the introduction.
This book will appeal to Jews, mainline and liberal Christians, and curious blue-staters, as well as evangelicals who want to read an outsider's perspective on their culture. As the country takes to the polls for midterm congressional elections, this book will shed light on how and why evangelical culture is becoming increasingly entwined in American politics.
Mark I. Pinsky is religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel and author of The Gospel according to The Simpsons and The Gospel according to Disney. He was Media Fellow at the Duke Divinity School in spring 2006, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among others. He appears frequently in national media discussing religion and popular culture.
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