THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE ~ A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University
Book review and technical detail THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE ~ A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University Kevin Roose
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|Title||THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE ~ A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Ivy League apprentice spends three months absorbed in an conflicting ability at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.Instead of antic through the above European capitals for a division like abounding acceptance his age, Roose abashed ancestors and accompany by enrolling at one of the nation’s best bourgeois Christian universities. After an attack to collaborate candidly with his fundamentalist aeon was met with awkward blackout and resistance, Roose absitively to go undercover, assuming to be a afresh adapted evangelical Christian in adjustment to address about the absoluteness of activity on campus. To advance the ruse, he added his articulation to the 300-strong Thomas Road Baptist Church choir, abutting account Bible studies and one-on-one adoration sessions with his abode buddies, and alike catholic to Daytona Beach during bounce breach to deliver on the frontlines. Reared in a advanced Quaker home, Roose had to advance a new anatomy of knowledge, from Adolescent Earth creationism to the trials and triumphs of “witnessing” for Jesus. Participation in this hyper-religious association of adolescent bodies led him to analyze added with his accompany at Liberty, abashing the band amid the autograph activity and his own faith. Therein lay the crisis of his experiment: Roose absent abundant of his objectivity by cartoon too abutting to the accumulation he studied. Throughout the semester, he acclaimed the advance of the transformation, but he chose to abide on its absolute aspects, such as an accretion faculty of affiliation to God and the admired ability that not all fundamentalist Christians are hate-mongering hypocrites. The acme of his division was his account of Falwell aloof canicule afore his death. The author’s circuitous affections about the account and Falwell’s afterlife signaled that, like it or not, his division at Liberty had adapted Roose’s way of thinking—though conceivably not permanently, as he was still a jailbait at the time and would anon acknowledgment to the uber-liberal embrace of Brown University.Problematic but agreeable actor observation.
No drinking.No smoking.No cursing.No dancing.No R-rated movies.Kevin Roose wasn't used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown's free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.Liberty is the late Reverend Jerry Falwell's "Bible Boot Camp" for young evangelicals, his training ground for the next generation of America's Religious Right. Liberty's ten thousand undergraduates take courses like Evangelism 101, hear from guest speakers like Sean Hannity and Karl Rove, and follow a forty-six-page code of conduct that regulates every aspect of their social lives. Hoping to connect with his evangelical peers, Roose decides to enroll at Liberty as a new transfer student, leaping across the God Divide and chronicling his adventures in this daring report from the front lines of America's culture war.His journey takes him from an evangelical hip-hop concert to choir practice at Falwell's legendary Thomas Road Baptist Church. He experiments with prayer, participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach (where he learns to preach the gospel to partying coeds), and pays a visit to Every Man's Battle, an on-campus support group for chronic masturbators. He meets pastors' kids, closet doubters, Christian rebels, and conducts what would be the last print interview of Rev. Falwell's life. Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought-provoking, THE UNLIKELY DISCIPLE will inspire and entertain believers and nonbelievers alike.
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