Failing America’s Faithful

There are now scores of books dealing with the right-wing takeover of the church in the United States—enough that my editor suggests that they form an identifiable genre. That takeover has resulted in large part from the financing and strategic planning of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, but there is a broader design at work, and to some degree the takeover has happened by default.

Among the many works in this genre, Failing America’s Faithful merits particular attention both because of its thesis and because of who its author is. Townsend’s thesis is that the current sorry state of the U.S. church’s positions on public issues has developed mostly by default—because of the neglect of faithful preaching, teaching and biblical interpretation.


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