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A building crescendo of developments, culminating in evangelical support for the Trump presidency, has led many evangelicals to question the faith they inherited. If being Christian means rejecting LGBTQ persons and supporting systemic racism, perhaps their Christian journey is over.

David Gushee offers a new way forward for disillusioned post-evangelicals by first analyzin
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bookswithmaddi
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

“After Evangelicalism” was a powerful and moving book. It shined a light on many of the contradictions and errors of evangelicalism and white Christianity. As someone who grew up in an Anglican, white, conservative church much of this book reflected beliefs that I had been taught growing up: women are less than men, the Bible is flawless, LGBTQ+ individuals are sinners and dirty. Th
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Taylor Anderson
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book did a good job of laying out an honest critique of American Evangelicalism, covering its ties with Conservatism, theological issues, and a history of how it came to be. I found it helpful to see all that laid out as someone who grew up in that space. The author was fair and direct in his critiques.

I also enjoyed that the author talked about his own experience, where he has found himself now, and some of his heroes that in fact were Evangelical. I appreciated his effort in ma
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Lady Brainsample
"Post-evangelicals are abandoning the church too... [some] leave for reasons peculiar to the American evangelical experience. Those reasons begin with disillusionment over teachings that are viewed as harmful to the vulnerable. Some leave over the harm LGBTQ people and their families have experienced. Others leave over patriarchal teachings. Some leave over the damaging effects of purity culture. Others leave over white evangelical racism. Some say: all of the above."

It feels appropriate that I
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Tricia Gallion
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Westminster John Knox Press and NetGalley for an advanced reader copy of this book. I am providing an honest review in exchange.

This is definitely not an easy “fluff” read but I loved it! There was so much background and history given on not just evangelical but other branches of Christianity. I did not grow up in an evangelical church and as an adult attend a non denominational church but this was such a relief to read. I have struggled with my faith in the past because I wasn’t su
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Amanda Espinoza
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would like to thank NetGalley and Westminster John Knox Press for the opportunity to read After Evangelicalism in exchange for an honest review.

Non-fiction books about theology are not usually at the top of my to-read list, but the premise of After Evangelism was too intriguing to ignore. Now I’m glad I put this book on the top of my stack.

Before I requested the book through NetGalley I did some light googling of the author, David P Gushee. It seems natural to me that someone who is intereste
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Steve Watson
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Gushee has been one of the scholars of this post-evangelical moment, and with this book, he is one of our leading pastors as well. Gushee is helping us find a way to stay Christian while leaving modern evangelicalism behind. I find three chapters especially helpful. On the Bible, in discussing evangelicalism's historically naive rigidity, Gushee suggests an honest alternative: continuing to read the Bible as the church's book, being honest about our "canons within the canon," the scripture ...more
Amanda Osenga
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of books in this genre. This is the most comprehensive and thorough for sure. I loved the takeaways in each chapter, the level of research that went into this book, and the post-evangelical section in the back. A great read for ex=evangelicals and I think for evangelicals who are wondering why people are leaving evangelicalism. ...more
Steve Spencer (he, him.his)
The book plots a healthy course for former evangelicals or post-evangelicals, a path that can end wanderings and bring renewal and flourishing.

The assessment of Evangelicalism’s history and character is well-done and like the rest of the book, thoroughly documented. The theological proposals on Scripture, God, Jesus, and the church are sound and persuasive. The Jesus chapter was especially stimulating and helpful. The chapters on politics, sex, and race are insightful and call us to wise and gra
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Sean
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I review what I believe to be a useful and insightful book, I must make it clear that I have never been an Evangelical Christian. I was raised Broad- to High- Church Episcopalean, and have been a Celtic Catholic (with emphasis on the “Catholic”) for forty years. I am not Gushee’s target audience, and I have spent my life looking at Evangelicals from outside, not always liking what I saw of their theology and politics. So I write this as a fellow Christian but definitely an outsider.

The a
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Dustin Johnston (dragonarmybooks)
Provided by the publisher, Westminster John Knox Press, in exchange for an honest review.

After Evangelicalism is an interesting blend of academic examinations and casual explorations, all culminating in the argument that, not only is it possible to follow Jesus out of evangelicalism, but it is necessary to do so.

The author sets up his proposal against the backdrop of the current cultural climate we find ourselves in here in Trump's 2020 America. Then, he dives into subjects about the Bible, Jesu
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Robert D. Cornwall
I was once a white evangelical. I'm still white, but I'm now a post-evangelical living among liberal Protestants. There are parts of me that still reflect that evangelical period of my life. I have a high Christology, am Trinitarian, and love the Bible. At the same time, I long ago rejected the anti-science part as well as the political and social elements of that past reality. At times I've identified as post-liberal, but I was never so fully committed to the liberal cause that I could truly be ...more
Crista Kettenhofen
After Evangelicalisn: The Path to a New Christianity
by David P. Gushee

David P. Gushee is a Christian Ethicist who has written a scholarly and challenging look at the story of Evangelicalism. Like the writer, I am an “Exvangelical” compelled to speak up about where we’ve gone wrong. Gushee covers his topic honestly and intelligently, without preachiness.

I’m pretty sure I’m right in the sweet spot for Gushee’s target audience: a lifelong Christian, raised in a conservative, evangelical, Swedish B
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Jennifer
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Release date August 25, 2020
*234 pages
*Westminster John Knox Press

This is my first book by this author and I had no idea what he was going to talk about. I will give him credit for feeling convicted enough to share his passion about these issues. They do need to be thought through. But I don’t think we should relabel ourselves because of it.
I live in SC, but grew up in Los Angeles. I’ve often been labeled a liberal Christian. And I get it. Things could of been handled better. I haven’t d
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Jeff
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liberal (Maybe Even Post-Christian?) Baptist Faith And Message. The Southern Baptist Convention's Baptist Faith and Message is the doctrinal screed for the group, listing various points of beliefs with proof-texted "reference verses" claiming to provide "evidence" that this belief is grounded in their view of the Bible. As someone who was a Southern Baptist for the first couple decades of my life, it is a document I'm pretty familiar with. Here, Gushee effectively recreates it for the more anti- ...more
Stephen Bedard
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many evangelicals have become dissatisfied with where the movement has gone. For some it is the politics, but there are other issues as well. Is there something after evangelicalism? Gushee does a good job of looking at the problems of evangelicalism and sharing his journey. Many diehard evangelicals will hate this book but I believe there is something for even committed evangelicals to learn from this book.
Richard Propes
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarrassed to admit that David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor Christian Ethics at Mercer University and the current president of the American Academy of Religion, wasn't on my radar despite what I would like to consider to be a rather pronounced effort to recognize and become familiar with contemporary Christianity's more progressive voices.

However, I saw Gushee's name cross my Twitter feed when someone talked about this book, "After Evangelicalism: The Path to a New Christiani
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David
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are few books that do as good of a job in clearly and concisely tackling a topic with sincerity and wisdom as After Evangelicalism. With copious notes that reveal a great deal of study but are not overly scholarly, David Gushee offers a resource for anyone and everyone with questions about or mighty struggles with evangelicalism.

Some of the subjects that stand out to me are the way he presents evangelicalism as, ultimately, a rebranding of the fundamentalism of the early 1900s. He offers a
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Kristy Pinkley
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very informative read that will challenge some people’s beliefs. It was eye opening for me for sure. I am a strong believer in separation of church & state & love when Gushee says, “The church’s role under God is to pre Co & live the gospel, & to love God & neighbor. Church & state have overlapping arenas of concern but different responsibilities. When they meet, both need to remember who they are, & what their respective responsibilities are, & to respect the boundaries.” Also when he ...more
Bill
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am fairly confident that Dr. Gushee and I disagree on a number of things, many of which will likely relate back to my operating out of a broadly radicalist anarcho-pacifist framework where he seems to situate himself as a principled political centrist.
Despite that I am eager to recommend this book across the board. Gushee's analysis of American Evangelicalism is spot on and his proposals for moving forward are broadly compelling and will serve well as a starting point for the the many people
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Jared Deame
I really wanted to like this book. Gushee's diagnoses of the problems of American Evangelicalism are spot on. But if you're going to use the subtitle, "The Path To a NEW Christianity," (emphasis mine) you better bring the heat and Gushee simply does not. The "path" he describes is basically just a call to mainline protestantism with some cherry picking from Catholic social dogma and a nod to liberation theology. In the end, the book is yet another tired call to leave the Egypt of Evangelicalism ...more
Katie Martin
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have received this title via NetGalley and publishers in exchange for an honest review
This book was surprising in a lot of ways. The writing was almost flawless. The author explained his points very clearly. He provided ample support for each argument. I liked how he incorporated other parts of life to justify and support what he was saying, including science and politics.
Alan  Marr
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very helpful in my late-life quest to find a foothold for my faith without using the "Evangelical" tag. I can't call myself by that label anymore. Gushee uses the term "Christian Humanist" and that is pretty close to home for me. I highly recommend this book to anyone on a similar journey to mine. ...more
Matthew
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really solid work. Quite compatible with the revised theology I've been building up over the last few years, and definitely fills in some important gaps. David Gushee, to me, represents the very best in post-evangelical thought from my former tradition (SBC). ...more
Raymond Wheeler
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For people who need a way to distinguish their faith from the culturally entrenched position evangelicalism finds itself in, Gushee offers a way to rethink what being a believer is.
Beth Peninger
Publication Date: August 25, 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and Westminster John Knox Press for this advanced reader's copy. In exchange, I am providing an honest review.

I've been traveling OUT of evangelicalism since around 2010 or so. My travels out started in 2007 but it took a good three years to quit meandering and get on with a brisk walk. The walk turned into a jog and by November 8, 2016 I was in a full out run. And for those of you who know me...I don't run. So it must have been pretty seri
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Denise
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank NetGalley and Westminster John Knox Press for the opportunity to read After Evangelism in exchange for an honest review.

As a disillusioned Evangelical, this book gave me hope. In spite of what Evangelicals think, I can still be a Christian and not be one of them. The author, Gushee, shows how. In sometimes academic language, he begins with the history of Evangelicalism and the rise to power in the United States. For the amount of influence and power, Evangelicals have a sur
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Jennifer Lara
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Evangelicalism: A Path to a New Christianity by David P. Gushee is an examination into evangelicalism in the US as well as the forces behind the massive exodus from evangelical churches and Christianity in general. Mr. Gushee, a Christian ethicist and a self-described progressive evangelical, offers a way forward for the disillusioned post-evangelicals by providing a detailed analysis of what went wrong with US evangelicalism in terms of identity, biblical interpretations, church life, sex ...more
Garrett
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book put into words many things I have felt for and towards the church for a long time. I didn't agree with everything he said but I'm not sure that would be true of any religious text. There were a few things that my church growing up never said outright, but was very against and I never understood why. For me, the hardest part is finding a church that fits the most with your beliefs and understands that it is not perfect but trying to do it's best to be Christ like.

The reader did a great
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Jacki Prettyman
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deep, thoughtful look into what church looks like after the evangelical movement deconstructs So many young people and an increasing amount of older evangelicals are leaving their church affiliations behind and becoming spiritually homeless while searching for true spiritual ways to follow Christ In real life. If the reader has been immersed in the evangelical culture for most of their life they will definitely identify.
Timothy Guthrie
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I didn't identify as a post-evangelical before, I do now. As the son of a Southern Baptist pastor, and a former part-time minister myself, I feel that I can fit into several of the categories of post-evangelical outlined in this book for various reasons. The disillusionment is real, and while I feel I have been a flailing Christian for a couple of years (without a sure spiritual home), this read has encouraged me. I am not alone. Even if I cannot get to the same place as Dr. Gushee, it is now ...more
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David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. A foremost expert in the field of Christian ethics, he is the author or editor of 25 books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing Our Mind, Still Christian, and the new After Evangelic ...more

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