The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right

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Penguin, Sep 5, 2006 - Humor - 272 pages
Get to know “The Base” with the author of The Hipster Handbook, acclaimed by the secular elitist New York Times as “thoroughly entertaining.”
Gay-friendly cappuccino drinkers may not be attuned to the nuances of conservative evangelical culture, from bibles designed to look like glossy fashion magazines to mega-churches with ATMs, rock climbing walls, and in one case, a drive-thru McDonalds. But Robert Lanham has his roots in the Bible Belt, and has compiled a handy guide to the evangelical right for those of us who can expect to be left behind in the End of Days.
Find out how today’s evangelical leaders rank on the Fire and Brimstone Scale. Learn how to fit in at the church picnic with the most current evangelical slang. Meet real-life evangelicals, like Adrianne, a lesbian against gay marriage, and Ted Haggard, a mega-church pastor who speaks in tongues, not to mention with George Bush every Monday. Understand how this segment of the population came to have its own radio stations, its own nightclubs, its own news media, and its own president. Visit Colorado Springs—the “evangelical Vatican.” Discover why rock n’ roll can bring wayward souls to the light, but SpongeBob SquarePants is an agent of the Devil. And find out why even a growing number of evangelicals consider themselves Outsiders to the Evangelical Right.

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User Review  - JMlibrarian - LibraryThing

Not what I'd call particularly insightful or incisive, having come out of this counterculture. Jill Lepore does a better job. Read full review

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An amusing guide to the evangelical Christianist right. Read full review


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Fire and Brimstone Scale
Joel Osteen and Our ProsperityLovin Megachurch Nation
Rick Warren and the SeekerSensitive Pastorpreneurs
The American Evangelicals Christian by Birth Republican

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Robert Lanham is the author of the satirical books, The Sinner's Guide to the Evangelical Right, Food Court Druids, Cherohonkees and Other Creatures Unique to the Republic, and The Hipster Handbook. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, and the Washington Post, among others. He is the founding editor of Free Williamsburg, which can be found online at He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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