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The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
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Apr 16, 2009

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bookshelves: nonfiction-culture, theology-and-spirituality
Recommended to Beth by: sam (to-read shelf)
Read in August, 2009

A dorm-room window into a liberal northeastern-US teen's experience at Liberty University, a conservative Evangelical Christian university.

He's surprised by the kindness of his classmates and then by their occasional yet passionate homophobia and expressions of other conservative ideologies. Roose seems to develop a genuine interest in his own spirituality, though it's hard to tell for the first half (or so) of the book whether he's considering himself even a non-traditional Christian. Certainly he doesn't accept the traditionalist, fundamental faith espoused by Liberty U.

Roose states about halfway through the book that he finds it easier to give assent to seemingly outrageous aspects of faith such as the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection, but finds matters of social and political conviction, such as homophobia and creationism, difficult to keep silent about (and impossible to openly agree with.) He states that it's because his spiritual beliefs are unformed, but he has firm convictions about social and political matters.

In the end, Roose's mental stereotypes are blown and he realizes...well, read the book. It's fairly openminded...more so has the semester progresses, humorous and human.

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08/04/2009 page 160
49.38% "Well-nuanced. He seems to have true interest in developing his spirituality, though certainly not in traditional Christianity."

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