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Some statistics are born bad—they aren’t much good from the start because they are based on nothing more than guesses or dubious data. Other statistics mutate.

Joel Best, Sociologist

In some of the most popular books on the market, Christians are told how bad they are and how horribly they are perceived, but most of it is either distorted or flat out wrong!  That is why the book, “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites …and Other Lies You’ve Been Told” by Bradley R. E. Ph D. Wright is the most important book you will read this decade.

Some time ago, in my post “unChristian Statistics“, I brought this issue to the forefront regarding the wildly popular and wildly inaccurate book, “unChristian“. Now the author who inspired that post has written a spectacular book that will help Christians be more discerning in the statistics they chose to believe.  Bradley begins chapter 1 by explaining why the Barna Group is not as trustworthy as you think.

You may have heard the bad news about Christianity in America: The church is shrinking; Christians get divorced more than anyone else; non-Christians have a very low opinion of Christians; and on and on it goes. This disheartening news is often given to us in the form of statistics, which we seem to encounter everywhere. We find them in sermons, articles, books, and day-to-day conversation; and these numbers, based in research, seem official and trustworthy.

But there is a hitch.

Many of the statistics currently bandied about regarding the Christian faith in the United States are incomplete, inaccurate, and otherwise prone to emphasize the negative. Bad news has pushed aside the good news about the Good News.

Each of the ensuing chapters is an absolute must read for every Christian.

CHAPTER 1: Why Do We Hear So Much Bad News About Christianity?

CHAPTER 2: Is American Christianity on the Brink of Extinction?

CHAPTER 3: Are We Losing Our Young People? What Will Happen in the Future?

CHAPTER 4: Are Evangelicals All Poor, Uneducated, Southern Whites?

CHAPTER 5: Do Christians Think and Do Christian Things?

CHAPTER 6: Have Christians Gone Wild?

CHAPTER 7: Do Christians Love Others?

CHAPTER 8: What Do Non-Christians Think of Us?

CHAPTER 9: What Do We Make of It All?

Christian researchers and authors have made huge profits by playing a statistical shell game for decades, and it is about time this practice gets exposed for what it is!

 If you are tired of being duped by sensationalized and selective statistics, then you need to read, “Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites …and Other Lies You’ve Been Told” by Bradley R. E. Ph D. Wright. It truly is the most important book you will read this decade. 

“Buy this book and read it carefully. Then buy one more and give it to your best friend and ask that person to do the same thing. I hope that this book goes viral because it shows that there’s a lot of good news when it comes to the condition of the church in the West.”

Scot McKnight,
Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

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Brad Wright is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut where he studies American Christianity. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where he was trained in social psychology and criminology. He has authored twenty scholarly articles and two books: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told (2010), and Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World (2011)Hypocrites won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award for Christianity and Culture.

 

Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, he is a church planter and coach for emerging leaders. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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