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God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World [Hardcover]

By John Micklethwait (Author) & Adrian Wooldridge (Author)
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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2009
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
ISBN  1594202133  
EAN  9781594202131  


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Two Economist writers evaluate the thriving nature of religious faith throughout the world and how it will significantly impact the global economy, politics, and other arenas, in a report that profiles the religious free market in America and argues that religion can coexist with modernity.

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Two Economist writers show how and why religion is booming around the world and reveal its vast effects on the global economy, politics, and more

On the street and in the corridors of power, religion is surging worldwide. From Russia to Turkey to India, nations that swore off faith in the last centuryA-or even tried to stamp it outA-are now run by avowedly religious leaders. Formerly secular conflicts like the one in Palestine have taken on an overtly religious cast. God Is Back shines a bright light on this hidden world of faith, from exorcisms in SAo Paulo to religious skirmishing in Nigeria, to televangelism in California and house churches in China.

Since the Enlightenment, intellectuals have assumed that modernization would kill religionA-and that religious America is an oddity. As God Is Back argues, religion and modernity can thrive together, and America is becoming the norm. Many things helped spark the global revival of religion, including the failure of communism and the rise of globalism. But, above all, twenty-first century religion is being fueled by a very American emphasis on competition and a customer- driven approach to salvation. These qualities have characterized this countryA's faith ever since the Founders separated church and state, creating a religious free market defined by entrepreneurship, choice, and personal revelation. As market forces reshape the world, the tools and ideals of American evangelism are now spreading everywhere.

The global rise of faith will have a dramatic and far- reaching impact on our century. Indeed, its destabilizing effects can already be seen far from Iraq or the World Trade Center. Religion plays a role in civil wars from Sri Lanka to Sudan. Along the tenth parallel, from West Africa to the Philippines, religious fervor and political unrest are reinforcing each other. God Is Back concludes by showing how the same American ideas that created our unique religious style can be applied around the globe to channel the rising tide of faith away from volatility and violence.

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More About John Micklethwait & Adrian Wooldridge

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Both John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge were educated at Oxford and went on to work for The Economist. John Micklethwait has overseen the magazine's Los Angeles and New York bureaus and is now its U.S. editor. Adrian Wooldridge has served as West Coast correspondent, social-policy correspondent, and management editor, and is currently Washington, D.C., correspondent. Together, they have coauthored three books, The Witch Doctors, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation, and The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea.

Both John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge were educated at Oxford and went on to work for The Economist. John Micklethwait has overseen the magazine's Los Angeles and New York bureaus and is now its U.S. editor. Adrian Wooldridge has served as West Coast correspondent, social-policy correspondent, and management editor, and is currently Washington, D.C., correspondent. Together, they have coauthored three books, The Witch Doctors, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation, and The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea.



John Micklethwait currently resides in the state of New York.

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Religion is not on the rise, it is declining worldwide.  Nov 22, 2009
These authors still cling to the outmoded and disproved idea that religion equates to the inculcation of good morals. They imagine religion can be used non-coercively but that is of course impossible as 2000 years of Xtian history amply demonstrate again and again. One cannot find anywhere in human history a religion that was used non-coercively. It is the nature of religion to either coerce others or marginalize them.
The authors are wrong in asserting religion and modernity are not at odds. Religion is revealed truth and nothing could be more at odds with modernity than this silly bronze/iron age idea.
These authors seem sold on the idea of American religious pluralism and mutual tolerance but they fail to see the growing rift that is tearing apart the US. They claim the unique style of religion in the US can turn faith away from violence and volatility while just the opposite is what is actually unfolding internally in the US and worldwide. Religious intolerance and violence is growing in the US and elsewhere. Any claim to ultimate revealed truth is inamicable to real freedom and a healthy society. Why the authors turn to the US rather than European secularism as a way out of the current rise in religious violence is a complete mystery and such an idea is not supported by any data.
Today the two least religious societies on earth. Sweden and Denmark are among the most peaceful, healthy and equal societies ever. There is a direct correlation between low religiosity and good health, equality, and freedom. This is an indisputable fact. There is no data that supports theses authors contention that growing religiosity exists let alone produces positive results. The data we do have shows growing religious idealism has almost nothing but negative effects on a society.
There is also zero evidence that religiosity equates with high morals as these authors believ. All the best evidence is that morals are an innate part of the human mind and social conventions work to fine tune them. Religion fine tunes them in a self-righteous, narrow-minded and bigoted manner.
Religion is not on the rise. Only religious fundamentalism is on the rise. Religion is on the decline but the dwindling religious adherents are becoming less and less tolerant of diversity and more shrill in their calls for implementing their version of revealed truth through Government intervention. Anyone who cannot see the danger in this is spectacularly delusional. The fewer their numbers the louder their calls for relevancy become.
 
God is Back  Sep 14, 2009
God Is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith Is Changing the World
The excellent book "God is Back" probably be renamed "God Never Left."
Hardy C. Dillard, the former Dean of the University of Virginia Law School encouraged his students to read the best books and to forego the rest. He used to say: "Why drink Old Crow when you can have Jack Daniels?" In other words only read the best. (I still like Jack Daniels whiskey, but that is another story!)
I start off by judging a new book by the name of the author on the cover. I routinely read the British magazine "The Economist." The Economist puts their view point towards free markets up front, so as a reader I know what their intellectual bias is. I was an English major in college so I can understand some of the allusions in The Economist. The Economists is by far the most literary publication that I know. So, when the two English trained editors of the American version of The Economist write a book about a subject that I am interested in, I have to pay attention.
Furthermore, I learned a lot from the two authors former book, "The Right Nation." The huge demonstration of many thousands of people from all over the country in Washington on September 12, 2009 reinforced the point of "The Right Nation." Consequently, the book, "God is Back" from two proven, high caliber, authors commanded my attention.
The book "God is Back" makes the point that Thomas Jefferson, who founded UVA, had the right idea, that of a free market in religion. You may or may not agree with Jefferson's and the book's conclusion, but all the data is there for you to come to your own conclusion. Be careful! The book will make you think!
Respectfully submitted,
Edward R. Baird, Jr.
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Simply Great  Aug 13, 2009
This book is one of the best I've read it a long time. Highly enlightening, readable and even inspiring. It's somewhat like Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America." Two writers set forth on a quest to honestly describe what they see happening with religion and faith in the world, and succeed in producing a veritable masterpiece.

If an alien came to earth and wanted a decription of what in our world was going on with religion, this is the book I'd give him. For one, it wouldn't bore our interplanetary guest to tears--it's entertaining and almost never drags. For another, he might just get the idea from the authors (though perhaps not from the some of the subjects) that we are a race of intelligent, fair-minded and passionate people who know better than to take ourselves too seriously. Who knows, he might even decide to attend a church with us.

Well done, gentlemen. Your book is a gift to the world.
 
Fun to read but not fun to contemplate  Jul 26, 2009
I first saw the two writers of God is Back on C-SPAN. One is a Catholic and one is an atheist but their belief systems do not define them. They are intellectually sophisticated writers who make their point about the rise of religion with anecdotes wittily told and without condescension. Even though I was smiling through much of the book, it's hard to smile when you read on page 308, "The revival of religion is multiplying the numbers of people who are willing to kill and die for their faith."
 
A good survey of religious movements in history and modern history  Jul 23, 2009
John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge take us on a global tour on the resurgence of religious faith after a century and a half of being attacked and retreating from secular movements, atheistic totalitarian governments, and changes in social fashion. They being their reporting in China where home Christian churches thrive and run along a razor's edge with government authority. The authors also take us to Europe and how atheism rose and became the dominant faith in Europe today. They contrast that with two chapters on America and religious faith: one from our founding to just past the Civil War and another from 1880 to 2000. The last chapter in part one deals with modern politics and religion in the Bush, Blair, and Obama administrations.

Part Two takes us through an analysis on how religious faith is adapting to American culture and, in turn, reshaping that culture in new ways. We see churches with mission statements, pastors as businessmen, businessmen running their companies according to explicitly religious principles, and the way religion has engaged and continues to engage higher education at institutions whose faculty have never been more anti-religious.

Part three reports on how American Christianity is being exported around the world using modern communications as well as fervent missionaries. But the world is also adopting American materialism, which corrupts the Christian message and creates some strange results including a mixed form of anti-Americanism.

Part four deals with the conflict between Christianity and Islam that the Western governments want to avoid by pretence, while Islam ignores the issue and continues to press its saturation of the West with immigrants, mosques, and political agitation. The last three chapters cover other religious conflicts around the world, the way the struggle between religious values and modernity has created various versions of the culture wars, and how secular governments and people of various faiths can and must learn to live together without the kind of bloody conflict we now see too much of.

An interesting book with some fresh perspectives and interesting reporting. However, I will say that their passing discussion of Mormonism is superficial and wrong headed from my perspective as a believer. So, if they get wrong what I know well, what are they getting wrong about things I don't know as well?

Still, this is a very worthwhile and useful read for those interested in modern society and modern religion.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
 

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