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  • Title: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
  • Author: Kevin Roose
  • ISBN: 9780446178426
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As a sopho at Brown University, Kevin Roose didn t have much contact with the Religious Right Raised in a secular home by staunchly liberal parents, he fit right in with Brown s sweatshop protesting, fair trade coffee drinking, God ambivalent student body So when he had a chance encounter with a group of students from Liberty University, a conservative Baptist univerAs a sopho at Brown University, Kevin Roose didn t have much contact with the Religious Right Raised in a secular home by staunchly liberal parents, he fit right in with Brown s sweatshop protesting, fair trade coffee drinking, God ambivalent student body So when he had a chance encounter with a group of students from Liberty University, a conservative Baptist university in Lynchburg, Virginia, he found himself staring across a massive culture gap But rather than brush the Liberty students off, Roose decided to do something much bolder he became one of them.Liberty University is the late Rev Jerry Falwell s proudest accomplishment a 10,000 student conservative Christian training ground At Liberty, students who call themselves Champions for Christ take classes like Introduction to Youth Ministry and Evangelism 101 They hear from guest speakers like Mike Huckabee and Karl Rove, they pray before every class, and they follow a 46 page code of conduct called The Liberty Way that prohibits drinking, smoking, R rated movies, contact with the opposite sex, and witchcraft Armed with an open mind and a reporter s notebook, Roose dives into life at Bible Boot Camp with the goal of connecting with his evangelical peers by experiencing their world first hand.Roose s semester at Liberty takes him to church, class, and choir practice at Rev Falwell s Thomas Road Baptist Church He visits a support group for recovering masturbation addicts, goes to an evangelical hip hop concert, and participates in a spring break mission trip to Daytona Beach, where he learns how to convert bar hopping co eds to Christianity Roose struggles with his own faith throughout, and in a twist that could only have been engineered by a higher power, he conducts what would turn out to be the last in depth interview of Rev Falwell s life Hilarious and heartwarming, respectful and thought provoking, Roose s embedded report from the front lines of the culture war will inspire and entertain believers and non believers alike.
    The Unlikely Disciple A Sinner s Semester at America s Holiest University As a sopho at Brown University Kevin Roose didn t have much contact with the Religious Right Raised in a secular home by staunchly liberal parents he fit right in with Brown s sweatshop protesting

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    1. How do I know I went to Liberty University Well, I do know all the verses to Victory in JesusI do know about tithing than my major,and I laughed over this book, cried over this book,and understood what he was trying to say.

    2. Ten years ago Rob Suskind s A Hope in the Unseen followed a poor, religious inner city kid s struggles at Brown University Now Brown U is back with another hip hop, flip flop comedy This time around, we get to see the hijinks of a Brown student going to a religious Southern school And Kevin Roose manages to learn a lesson of tolerance and hard fought understanding during the era of the culture war Yay.The problem is this book strikes me as incredibly cynical In part, Roose as a narrator is both [...]

    3. Here s what worries me the most I came to Liberty to humanize people Because humanizing people is good, right But what about people with reprehensible views Do they deserve to be humanized By giving Jerry Falwell s universe a fair look, am I putting myself in his shoes Or am I really just validating his worldview I ask myself these questions and for hours, and when I calm down, I reach this conclusion humanizing is not the same as sympathizing You can peel a stereotype off a person and not see [...]

    4. When A.J Jacobs was writing The Year of Living Biblically, he took on a slave unpaid intern The slave was Kevin Roose After visiting Thomas Road Baptist Church sanctuary of Jerry Falwell with Jacobs, Roose decided to take a semester off at Brown and enroll undercover at Liberty University Kingdom of Jerry Falwell.What Roose finds at Liberty is an anomaly that changes his world There is overt faculty encouraged homophobia, antiquated views on race, and an emphasis on de intellectualizing Christia [...]

    5. Let me start off by saying that I did like this bookI thought that Roose had some interesting insights into evangelical Christianity and this wasn t the Evangelical Bashing I thought it would be I laughed at some of his confusion over things I grew up withI understood how some things looked to him as an outsider All in all, I think the book is a fascinating read.With that said is what inherently bothers me concerns me about the book 1 Roose was clearly writing for different audiences He says he [...]

    6. So, you know what happens when you take a liberal arts school student and throw him in the mix with the boys at Jerry Falwell s Liberty University, a school where the dorms are segregated and residents have a curfew Well, gee, whaddaya know, what boys always do happens they sit around and play video games, talk about women and sex, they do their homework and contemplate their futures Oh, and throw some prayer in, too, because it s a Christian University And what a shocker Not all the students ar [...]

    7. I love immersion journalism when it s done well I m mightily impressed by this Kevin Roose kid He s funny, respectful, bold, thoughtful, and a darned good writer At age 19, Roose decided he wanted to cross the God Divide that separates secular kids from ultra religious ones After a crash course in evangelical culture from a formerly evangelical friend, he spent a semester undercover at Jerry Falwell s Liberty University a misnomer if ever there was one He completely immersed himself in campus ac [...]

    8. After recently wondering aloud what book I should read next, my sister we re both agnostic recommended, yet again, that I read The Unlikely Disciple I basically know nothing about the Bible or Christianity I groan and can t even begin to guess at the correct answers when The Bible is a category on Jeopardy , so I thought this book might be mildly interesting and entertaining, but worried it would be a long, slow read Boy, was I wrong I found this book fascinating and finished it in two days I ha [...]

    9. The subtitle on this book irks me, but it also effectively demonstrates the crux of the author s problem a basic misunderstanding of what faith is about As I read about his semester underground at Liberty University, I kept wondering about the conversations that hadn t made it into the book Surely he knows that everyone at Liberty everyone in the WORLD is a sinner, according to the Bible So he s not the only one there And to call Liberty America s Holiest University is a misnomer More like one o [...]

    10. I could not put this book down.Kevin Roose, an Ivy League educated liberal agnostic with a Quaker upbringing, decided that instead of doing a semester abroad like everyone else at Brown University, he would explore a different culture right here in the U.S.A that of evangelical Christianity.He spent a semester somewhat undercover at Liberty University, which was founded by Rev Jerry Falwell His parents and in particular, his lesbian aunts, were very worried about his decision to consort with the [...]

    11. This is a great book from a great writer It takes a brave and mature soul to put oneself in the middle of a subject like this, and from a reader s perspective, it is worth the effort Most people venturing into a culture to which theirs is juxtaposed would be looking for self justification and material force especially at 20 But when this author decides on this adventure, he is all in He reads books for background, and he really listens to the perspective that his classmates have He is really imm [...]

    12. I picked up this book out of blatant intrigue, but was filled with doubt at what I would find I expected a bashing of Liberty University and a mockery of their rules and conduct codes I meane on, a 19 year old Brown student decides to just head to one of the most conservative colleges in the country to study it s culture An extreme liberal going ultra conservative What I found, was the exact opposite of what I expected Roose wrote an incredibly mature and open minded account of the experiences h [...]

    13. Excuse me Yes, you I m sorry, do you have a minute I just no, I m not selling anything I just wanted to take a minute to share how I came to faith in Kevin Roose See, I consider myself a Christian I was brought up in a protestant household, went to church every week, dressed up and sang the songs I was just a part of the group, an operator in the fullest sense of connecting from the earth to the heavens.But one day, I was struck by the realization that not everyone was like me Not everyone even [...]

    14. Hilarious A liberal Brown University journalism undergrad goes undercover for a semester at Jerry Falwell s Liberty University a bastion of ultra conservative, Christian philosophy.Christ rescued me about 10 years ago and I still find much of American Christian culture to be very strange This book reminds me of my own puzzlement over the oddities in language and practice that permeate the American definition of Christian living I tend to rank my encounters on what I lovingly refer to as my Freak [...]

    15. I like this book It s got good story telling and a lot of humor It was nearly impossible to put down I guess they wouldn t consider me a Christian in that University either, since I m Catholic, not Evangelic Christian In some of my beliefs, I m like the author than the Liberty students For instance, I too would find the Life History lessons preposterous I know because just the other day I got a free book offer in the mail arguing for geocentricity with some sprinkling of Bible quotes very much [...]

    16. Can a young man immerse himself in an alien culture without it having an impact upon him Can a liberal Brown University student transfer to the fundamentalist Christian Liberty University, living in a Liberty dorm for a semester and participating in all the student experiences, and come out unchanged view spoiler He is not saved in his four month experiment but he is radically changed Yikes This is a fascinating first person experience in what I would call indoctrination or maybe even brainwashi [...]

    17. Rereading this, because it s awesome When I first found out that A J Jacobs s slave was writing a book of his own, I was intrigued, and decided there and then that I had to get my hands on it I m happy to say that it was a fantastic book, a truly inspiration look at crossing the culture divide between religious and secular, showing how the line between left and right are not always as clear as many people want them to be.Kevin Roose was inspired to take a semester away from Brown and transfer to [...]

    18. This was a well written, interesting book Roose, a self described unchurched liberal attended Liberty University for a semester, an ultra conservative Christian school in order to get to know the type of person who would choose such a school On the plus side, Roose is very open minded and personable He is surprised how well he fits in and how normal his classmates are On the negative side, he makes up a Christian testimony so that he blends in and so that his new friends will be totally unguarde [...]

    19. This is a definite 5 star Not because I agree with the predominate views of Kevin Roose through his experience and not because I became an admirer of Liberty University, but because it was a great read Not only because it was entertaining, but it was informative and a unique outsiders insiders look at Liberty and evangelicalism in general Kevin Roose is a talented writer who skillfully entertains and informs his readers He had a difficult job of fairly analyzing his one semester journalistic exp [...]

    20. From the liberal, secular halls of Brown University to the hub of Evangelical higher education and back again, it seems like an unlikely journey Kevin Roose, a sopho at Brown, decided that instead of the ubiquitous semester abroad, he would explore, up close and personal, a particular strata of American culture And so Roose, raised Quaker in a not very religious household, transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, the conservative Baptist school founded by none other than Jerry F [...]

    21. Another solid winner That s two in a row 2017 is so my year I hugely enjoyed this anthropological recounting of the semester abroad Kevin Roose spent at Liberty University, the ultra conservative, right wing training ground for evangelical Christians Roose s insight, wit, and compassion struck a perfect tone Through his eyes, I felt like I was under cover with him, learning both the frightening and enlightening lessons on religion, conservatism, and what it means to be human and open to new poss [...]

    22. This was a quick but engaging book Kevin Roose, a self described secular Quaker who is largely unfamiliar with evangelical Christianity, transfers for a semester to Liberty University, a hyper conservative school founded by the late Jerry Falwell, as a sort of undercover observer He goes in cautious but open minded, and his observations paint a picture of a group of mostly kind, compassionate people trying to do right and good in the world Of course, what exactly constitutes right and good are k [...]

    23. OK, to be clear, I m only giving this 4 and a half stars Once again , about that half star option you might want to but clearly aren t ever going to considerRead the summary, because I m not going to reproduce it here But here are my foremost reactions 1 I m embarrassed that Liberty University was the medium chosen to represent evangelical Christianity to Kevin Mr Roose, please give us the benefit of the doubt Jerry Falwell s private sub culture is not the best, truest face of evangelical Christ [...]

    24. The description pretty tells the story I d debated buying this, seeing as it was written by a college student who d only spent one semester at Liberty University Having finished it, I do wish he had done the course, but the four months he did spend there were sufficient to humanize the institution, its staff and students.I don t believe I d given much thought to Liberty University until Sen Bernie Sanders spoke there early on during his campaign That and the response of the audience, both at the [...]

    25. Ah, now This is like it Kevin Roose, a sopho at Brown University and the son of Quaker liberals, decides to spend a semester at the jewel in the crown of Jerry Falwell s empire far right, fundamentalist Liberty University In passing, have you EVER HEARD of such an ironic name for a school loves it He makes a conscious decision to fit in by talking the talk AND walking the walk he stops cussing, tries mighty hard to stop masturbating, prays daily, even joins the choir and takes creation science. [...]

    26. In less than 2 days, I finished this book I m jealous that someone so young has written this book so well It s very fair and objective Having grown up in Lynchburg most of my life with parents who, for whatever reason, are members of Thomas Road, I was very interested in this book And while I was horrified by what was reported, it wasn t at all shocking to me Biology classes that teach creationism Insane See there I go passing judgment, where Roose would have simply stated the facts and allowed [...]

    27. This is the first year common book at the university where my mom teaches, so she got a free copy SHE KEEPS COMING INTO MY ROOM AND PUTTING IT ON MY DESK I m like, Mom, do you even see the cardboard box full of library books in the corner Do you really think I have time and I put it back out on her desk BUT IT COMES BACK.She finally took it and read it herself and now it s back again, sigh However, the fact that my mother whose tastes tend towards benign fantasy where no one gets killed I shoul [...]

    28. A young man who was raised as Quaker but who is not religious decides to spend a semester undercover at a strict Evangelical college I was surprised by how balanced this seemed to be I can t imagine that I would react well going through this experience, but although Roose doesn t hold the same Conservative views as many of the students, he quickly develops friendships with people there and appreciation for some elements of the lifestyle, while bringing attention to many of the ridiculous and inf [...]

    29. It s inexcusable that this book sat so long on my to read shelf, as it was a joy to read It s genuinely mind blowing that Roose wrote this book while still in college, because his writing his turns of phrase, humor, and well placed quotes from his research ranks up there with the best of other memoirs I ve read I had to go back and confirm that he didn t have a co writer, one of those people credited as with So and So on the cover who polish the writing But no Roose is just that talented.The gis [...]

    30. Like Society Without Religion, The Unlikely Disciple tells the story of a society with very different religious ideas than the society I live in Kevin Roose, however, is not a professional ethnographer, but a confused 19 year old kid, when he decides to study abroad at Liberty University on leave from Brown While this may limit the statistically valid conclusions, it makes the story all the personally compelling.Roose quickly gets involved in life at Liberty, joining the choir, playing IM softb [...]

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