A debut book examines the increasing divide between conservatives and liberals among Christians and in the nation.
“The potential of Christianity for good has remained untapped and unrealized,” writes Bracquemont, as he dives into a critique of the religion that divvies up contemporary believers into two opposing sides. His central thesis is that “the Left gets it wrong, and the Right does not get it.” In his view, differing philosophies of internalism and externalism split liberals and conservatives, Christian or otherwise. Internalists believe their own choices, like sin, drive their situations, while externalists look to change all of society, radically reinterpreting the Bible in the process. For Bracquemont, both of these ideologies go too far and ignore what he deems “the true, radical equality and social justice of the Bible.” He focuses on dismantling liberal strategies of political correctness, in particular radical feminism (which he sees as counterproductive to equality among the sexes), but he also acknowledges the inherent greed of contemporary mega churches. He strives for a compelling synthesis of the two positions, calling them both out for their avarice and ignorance of the global poor, the truly oppressed in his estimation. It is a noble goal to try to find balance between so many hostile and competing views, but the majority of his argument is too imbalanced itself to be convincing. Bracquemont tries to address the various factions of the church and the political spheres simultaneously. Unfortunately, that ambition stretches his otherwise lucid and impactful writing too far from his central thesis and what he understands best: the church. He writes of his own negative experiences as a white male with autism in a politically correct seminary—a potentially powerful, emotional lesson for his target Christian audience—but it proves a weak tool for exposing hypocrisy in the larger frameworks of liberal rhetoric and abstract political theory. The end result is mostly a questionable takedown of leftist ideologies, with some added caveats for conservatives, instead of a more precise and balanced analysis of both sides.
An attempt to rally Christians against hypocrisy and greed that gets lost in political debates.