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The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right | Mere Orthodoxy

Once again, Anderson has given us a clear look into a convoluted discussion. Using the book The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right by Jon Shields as a diving board, Anderson jumps head first into a discussion on some of the findings that Shields notes in his monograph. Everything seems to be fair game, from media outlets and the NY Times to Stand to Reason Ministry and personal visits to protesters at abortion clinics!

It seems that Shields is a hands on sociologists, unlike James Davison Hunter who apparently is more “cerebral” in his statistical analysis of sociological trends. However, this may be unfair to Hunter, as I have not read his works. Although,  I have heard that he is a strong mind with some important things to say concerning Christianity in the sociological milieu.

Yet Shields approach is novel, earned, and it seems: fresh. As Anderson notes, the discussion on why the Right has been caricatured in the way they have has been dense and tiring for quite some time, especially in the continual use of ideas and catch-phrases to elucidate the discussion. Anderson suggests that Shields has a better, engaging, and perhaps “hip” approach to the sociological trends concerning caricatures of the Right. An approach that is fresh, honest, and to the point. I, for one, want to know more.

Needless to say, you should go right now and click the link to Mere Orthodoxy above. Then, check out Shields book at Amazon and consider buying it. And just so you can be encouraged, follow in my footsteps as I am about to do just that right now!

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