Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 4, 2011 - Social Science - 288 pages
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In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder.

Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in a seedy motel; Anton LaVey, the kitsch-loving, gleefully fraudulent founder of the First Church of Satan; Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose litigious atheism sometimes resembled a brand of faith; Matthew Fox, the Dominican priest who has aroused the fury of the Vatican for dismissing the doctrine of original sin and denouncing the church as a dysfunctional family; Walker Railey, the rising star of Dallas's Methodist church, who, at the pinnacle of his success, was suspected of attempting to murder his wife; and Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher whose challenges to established ways of thinking have made him a legend in his own time.

By letting us listen to their voices and see the individuals in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith.
  

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Review: Saints and Sinners: Walker Railey, Jimmy Swaggart, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Anton LaVey, Will Campbell , Matthew Fox

User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

I'd never heard of some of these people. I found most interesting the author's attitude toward religion. Even while rejecting he was yearning. Read full review

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too much about him, not enough about his subjects. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
The Masks of Faith
Walker Raileys Demon
False Messiah
Madalyn OHair and God Almighty
Sympathy for the Devil
A Prophet in His Own Country
Matthew Fox Rolls Away the Stone
Notes
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About the author (2011)

Lawrence Wright graduated from Tulane University and spent two years teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a staff writer for "The New Yorker" and a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law. The author of five works of nonfiction--"City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; "and "Twins"--he has also written a novel, "God's Favorite," and was cowriter of the movie "The Siege," He and his wife are longtime residents of Austin, Texas.

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