Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

Rescuing Jesus How People of Color Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism An inside look at the young diverse progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movementDeborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative pol

  • Title: Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism
  • Author: Deborah Jian Lee
  • ISBN: 9780807075074
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • An inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movementDeborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative politics But over the years she stayed close to those in the movement, and she has come to realize that evangelical culture and politics are changing, and changing fast FriendsAn inside look at the young, diverse, progressive Christians who are transforming the evangelical movementDeborah Jian Lee left the evangelical world because she was frustrated by its conservative politics But over the years she stayed close to those in the movement, and she has come to realize that evangelical culture and politics are changing, and changing fast Friends had stopped voting based on wedge issues Believers of color were changing church demographics and political interests Women were rising in the ranks despite familiar sermons about female submission LGBTQ Christians were coming out, staying in the church, and leading ministries.What Lee came to find is that most of what we think we know about evangelicals is wrong, or is well on its way to becoming dated In Rescuing Jesus, she ventures into the world of progressive evangelicalism and tells the stories of the young women and men at the forefront of a movement that could change both the face and the substance of religion in the United States.Generational changes and the shifting racial make up of evangelicals are transforming the movement and pushing it in a progressive direction A young and diverse array of people on this leading edge of progressive evangelicalism LGBTQ and straight white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and indigenous are working to wrest political power away from conservatives Today s young evangelicals are likely than their elders to accept same sex marriage, inclined to think of pro life issues as being about supporting society s disenfranchised, and accepting of equality between men and women.With empathy, journalistic rigor, and powerful storytelling, Lee unpacks the diverse and complex strands of this movement and what it means for the rest of us Given the clout that evangelicals still hold in national politics, Lee argues, this movement is important not only for the future of evangelicalism but also for the future of our country.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Summary: An account of how three marginalized groups within American evangelicalism are finding increasing acceptance, and the struggles they have faced along the way.Deborah Jian Lee writes as a journalist who has been on the inside of much of what she is covering. Raised in an Asian American family, she came to an evangelical Christian faith as a teenager, became involved as a participant and leader of a collegiate fellowship during her college years, experiencing painful encounters around iss [...]

    2. Must read for every cisgender white male ChristianAs a cisgender white male Christian, this book opened my eyes in many ways. As I have left Evangelicalism, I have only begun to scratch the surface of the damage I have participated in. We need to acknowledge that there is such a thing as systemic sin, and need to work toward reconciliation.Thank you, Deborah Jian Lee, for your faithful retailing of all these stories that we all need to hear. Thank you for opening our eyes.

    3. I will add a quotation when this book is published in November.My family has roots in mainline Christianity. However, my two brothers and sister all moved away from Lutheranism and two of them ended up in more non-denominational, fundamentalist churches. I have never quite figured out why this happened. So books about that part of Christianity have fascinated me. I don’t want to be an evangelical fundamentalist, but I want to understand them.In this book, Lee is not writing about most evangeli [...]

    4. I loved the stories in this book and it's a good combination of history, research and narrative based on interviews. However, I think the author struggles a bit with the book format and connecting the different pieces in a long narrative arc. I also was a bit troubled by the assumption that women, queers and POC were by definition progressive and that that lined up with Democratic politics. I wish there was more theology in the book and more unpacking of what it means to have the identity listed [...]

    5. For a generation, what it means to be a Christian in this country has been defined mainly by a small group of conservative evangelicals--but that is finally starting to change. This book is the story of that change, and it's fascinating, infuriating, moving (I cried), and inspiring. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how movements are built, how the political landscape in America is changing--or how a person's identity affects and is affected by their faith.

    6. I cannot say enough good things about this book. A journalistic memoir, it's a fascinating read especially in light of this week's election.

    7. It's hard to explain why I didn't enjoy this book like I thought I would. It's a decent book. And I would probably have given it 2.5 or 3 stars except that I was so darn disappointed with it.As a church worker, I'm always on the lookout for books like this one-- which seem to be proclaiming a way forward, a path toward unity. I want to find books I can give my liberal congregation members AND my conservative congregation members, so they can read together, talk together, and move forward (whatev [...]

    8. While the overall structure of the book left something to be desired, the personal narratives presented in this book are extremely instructive and insightful to what it means to be a minority in pre-Trump evangelicalism.Not a book for the yet sceptical of all things social justice, I feel like this book is most useful for persons who are already onside for one or more of these progressive topics but are still not wholly convinced of all of them. Or if you're like me, someone who left evangelical [...]

    9. Stereotyped as single subculture in American Christianity, Evangelicals show many faces. They are often characterized by their belief in four main tenets of the faith: the authority of the Bible, salvation through Jesus Christ, the importance of a personal relationship with God, and the imperative to share the Gospel. Upon this foundation different spiritual buildings were made. Looking at denominations and their policies, church order or official standpoints don't tell the whole story. Many ide [...]

    10. Despite the off-putting title this was an interesting, enlightening read - that said, it feels like a "first book" and has some issues with structure/content. The good: - a historical look at the formation of the "Religious Right" as political voting bloc. - an overview of present-day progressive evangelical groups and activism efforts. The bad: - meanders; rather than presenting each set of interviews in its own section (evangelical racial justice advocates, feminists, and LGBT advocates), the [...]

    11. For me, the key to this book is the verb tense in the title. By using the Present Progressive (or Present Continuous), the title indicates an on-going effort, not something that has been achieved. Certainly the efforts of those heroes in the book fighting against the homophobia, racism and misogyny in the evangelical church are waging an uphill battle, albeit one that may be won through attrition as the elder, straight, white men currently leading the evangelical church die off. In this report f [...]

    12. Deborah Jian Lee is a journalist and a former Evangelical. As a college student, she struggled with the way her InterVarsity chapter failed to address the issues of race, gender, and sexuality. By the time she graduated from college, she graduated from Evangelicalism, moving theologically in a different direction. But Rescuing Jesus is not primarily her story but the story people of color, women and queer Christians reclaiming Evangelicalism and changing it from the inside. She weaves together t [...]

    13. This book by Jian Lee shook up my thinking. It was not a pleasant read but one that should be read by Christians to help them understand issues that we may very well have not faced or thought deeply about. The question is, if all people are created by God, if all people are children of God, if all people are made in the image of God - these people (LGBTQ), which I could not have told you what the letters stood for before, are also created by God, are children of God, and are made in the image of [...]

    14. I appreciated learning more about the political and cultural experiences of people from underprivileged groups and identities within evangelical Christianity. However, what I was really hoping for from this book was more theological and spiritual perspectives. I felt like the book mostly confirmed things that I already knew or suspected about what it’s like to be marginalized within evangelical Christianity, and it wasn’t clear to me who exactly was the intended audience of this book. I’m [...]

    15. This book was incredible, there were sections of this book that encouraged me as a woman of faith, but there were also sections that challenged me as a white woman to ensure that my practice of faith and feminism is inclusive to all people, not just other white women. I encourage anyone who considers themselves an evangelical (also those who don't consider themselves an evangelical because of the connotation it often comes along with) to read this and think deeply about the institutions of relig [...]

    16. A++Does a great job providing historical context alongside individual stories. Great piece of journalism. I learned a lot. Had a lot of feels as a QPOC who grew up Southern Baptist.

    17. A very well researched, super informative book--I learned a lot. Related to many parts of the personal stories as well. If you're interested in a primer on progressive movements in evangelicalism, learning about key players in these movements, and hearing personal stories, then check out this book. This isn't a book on queer/feminist/postcolonial/etc theology, nor does it talk too much about other denominations (save for their relation to evangelicalism), but I'd still recommend it to anyone for [...]

    18. "'we have all been handed something that we call Christianity, or evangelicalism, that is very much a brand. The rules that people in charge set, we call that biblicalism' by anointing Christian beliefs based on Western individualism as universal, orthodox theology while shelving beliefs that call for corporate responsibility" This was a good read. Not without it's flaws, but challenging in an excellent and informed way. As a (quite) liberal Christian, I often feel caught between two worlds and [...]

    19. Before I read this book, I thought it would be circa-2015 wishful thinking, but after reading it, it seemed like a pretty well-researched account. This book follows the stories of several evangelicals who, for reasons of race, gender, or sexual orientation, did not feel like their experiences fully matched what they were told to believe. Rather than leave, they have decided to work to change beliefs and practices that had harmed them. The stories were engaging and thought-provoking. While I’m [...]

    20. I grew up in the Christian church and felt many of the same sentiments Deborah did towards the church's treatment of POC, women, and the queer community. This book was fantastic. It helped explain my roots and justified my feelings of anger and resentment towards what I had been taught. It also provided hope. The book was so well written, it felt more like a discussion I'd have with a friend over coffee

    21. I recommend this book to those on either side of this forced dichotomy known as "the culture war". Please, read this book! The people written about in this book love their people so fiercely that they are forging a new path for evangelicism in the US what a relief to hear! As someone who has been hurt by the church, it's beautiful to see Jesus' love shine through, past the discrimination, judgement, and hate.

    22. Rational, empathic, open-minded believers is not an oxymoron, those profiled demonstrate it and I am thankful for this portrayal of Christians. Nuanced look at the gradient of positions for hot button issues, it's not all black and white. As a person raised in a strict old school Catholic household, I identified greatly with the coming of age moments of the subjects. Enjoyed it very much.

    23. This is a classic case of "it's not you (the book), it's me" being the problem. I'm just not in a place where I can read this with attentiveness. HOWEVER, Lee is a good writer, and comes from a solid place of Christianity and love. I recommend the part I read and would like to come back to this in the future.

    24. I give this book 3 stars for two reasons (1) it made me more aware of conservative evangelicalisms attitude, as a whole, as perceived by the liberal, progressive Christian culture, and (2) it has made me more sympathetic to the concerns of progressive liberal Christians.That doesn't mean I agree with the views held by the author - there are many theological positions the author takes of which to strongly object without apology - but it does mean I appreciate her perspective and, more importantly [...]

    25. This is a great book. I saw it advertised just before Christmas and was curious enough to add it to my Christmas wish list. I'm glad I did and also happy that my family were able to find it for me.The book is a combination of things and one of the good things is that it wasn't written with any particular agenda in mind. It combines history, interviews with many diverse individuals, along with the personal journey of the author. The book is approached from a journalistic point of view, which make [...]

    26. I am a member of a conservative Christian denomination. I personally subscribe to basic Evangelical beliefs and most of the church's teachings, although I am uncomfortable with the culture of the Religious Right. This book is mostly a narrative on how minorities, women, and LGBTs who were raised in conservative Christian backgrounds grow up and eventually reject their upbringing and instead live out a more liberal interpretation of the religion, engaging in social activism to influence their fel [...]

    27. I received this book as part of Library Things early review giveaway.-----------3.5/5This book explores the way the American evangelical church has a history of marginalizing different groups of people (specifically, as the title suggests, people of color, women and the queer community) while misusing the Bible as an excuse for the behavior. Broken up into three different sections it tracks the progression from being forced to assimilate to survive; losing their cultural identity to yield to the [...]

    28. Rescuing Jesus captured all of my attention when I was reading the book, and it only took three days for me to complete this comprehensive, journalistic, anthropological, and historical look at how the 'evangelical' label is being reclaimed by POC, women, and queer Christians. Jian-Lee packs in SO much, and it's not a boring history recount of culture, but interplayed with inspiring and moving narrative. It is clear that Jian-Lee has spent a lot of time and personal investment into this book by [...]

    29. Just finished Rescuing Jesus : How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee.I was a little put-off by the book's title - which turned out to be misleading since, Jesus isn't really the one being rescued. But it had some good recommendations, so I dove in anyway. Rescuing Jesus really surprised me. I expected it to be a "rant" about these issues. Instead, I found myself drawn in by the personal stories, and fascinated by the well-researched hi [...]

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