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    DescriptionIn this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder. Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in a seedy motel; Anton LaVey, the kitsch-loving, gleefully fraudulent founder of the First Church of Satan; Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose litigious atheism sometimes resembled a brand of faith; Matthew Fox, the Dominican priest who has aroused the fury of the Vatican for dismissing the doctrine of original sin and denouncing the church as a dysfunctional family; Walker Railey, the rising star of Dallas's Methodist church, who, at the pinnacle of his success, was suspected of attempting to murder his wife; and Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher whose challenges to established ways of thinking have made him a legend in his own time. By letting us listen to their voices and see the individuals in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith.


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    Title
    Saints and Sinners
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lawrence Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 292
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 375 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679761631
    ISBN 10: 0679761632
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: NFXX
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.2
    BIC E4L: REL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12000
    BISAC V2.8: NON000000
    Abridged Dewey: 291
    BIC subject category V2: YNR
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BL
    Libri: I-RK
    B&T Approval Code: A13010000
    B&T General Subject: 593
    BISAC V2.8: REL024000
    Ingram Subject Code: RK
    BISAC V2.8: LCO010000
    DC21: 291.0922
    DC22: 291.0922
    Thema V1.0: YNR
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    01 January 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Trenchant, fair-minded, gracefully written....Wright brings his subjects into sharp focus with plenty of perceptive details." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer "A very American struggle....[Wright] memorably articulates his battle...between doubt and belief." -- Newsweek "An entertaining, and insightful account...vivid...beautifully rendered stories." -- Chicago Tribune
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    In this fascinating book about religion in America, one of this country's most probing yet sympathetic journalists puts forth stories not only of real grace but of despair, sexual scandal, and attempted murder. Lawrence Wright's Saints and Sinners are Jimmy Swaggart, who preached a hellfire gospel with rock 'n' roll abandon before he was caught with a, prostitute in a seedy motel; Anton LaVey, the kitsch-loving, gleefully fraudulent founder of the First Church of Satan; Madalyn Murray O'Hair, whose litigious atheism sometimes resembled a brand of faith; Matthew Fox, the Dominican priest who has aroused the fury of the Vatican for dismissing the doctrine of original sin and denouncing the church as a dysfunctional family; Walker Railey, the rising star of Dallas's Methodist church, who, at the pinnacle of his success, was suspected of attempting to murder his wife; and Will Campbell, the eccentric liberal Southern Baptist preacher whose challenges to established ways of thinking have made him a legend in his own time. By letting us listen to their voices and see the individuals in all their complexities, Lawrence Wright has written a richly fascinating book about the passions, triumphs, and failures of the life of faith.