that don’t impress me much (oh oh oh oh)

Am reading Michael Lindsay’s Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite.  Dr. Y lent me his copy, but it’s selling on Amazon right now for $4!  One fun fact from reading so far: I’m impressed that (former House majority leader) Dick Armey quoted both the Pointer Sisters and Shania Twain when talking about his gripes with the religious right (p. 65).  He must have the gift of song references.  A few preliminary observations: The book does a good job of showing the sheer diversity of evangelicals, and that’s even with focusing on White men.  [Lindsay points out that they’re the bulk of his sample because they’re the bulk of who’s in power.]  Second, how power can be fleeting.  At least in the parts I’ve read, Lindsay quotes Ted Haggard a few times; the book came out in 2007 and Lindsay probably interviewed Haggard a few years prior to that.  Now Haggard is in a totally different place.  America is the land of second (and third and fourth) acts, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a comeback, but it’s funny to read the Haggard quotes, made when he was in his heydey of influence, and think about how quickly one’s life can change.

Also being sold on Amazon right now for under $5 is Hanna Rosin’s (writer for slate and double xx) God’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, about Patrick Henry College.  It’s a pretty funny and interesting read.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Calvin Chen on November 4, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    blech… patrick henry…

    fyi ted haggard was interviewed yesterday on deadly viper.. so maybe the comeback has already begun

    Reply

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