Review: The Teavangelicals

The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of how The Evangelicals and The Tea Party are Taking Back America

Author: David Brody

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 978-0-310-33561-0

Zondervan

Amazon

Recently, I’ve been tapping in to my undergraduate degree, Political Science, and because of my interaction with Conservatives on the interwebs, I had to pick this book up when I saw it offered in the Amazon Vine newsletter.

Early on in the book, I found myself to be…to put it mildly, frustrated.  Brody seems to equate Christianity with Evangelical Christianity and salvation with a specific political ideology, namely the Tea Party.

I have some serious issues with comments Brody makes throughout the book, mainly when discussing how Evangelical Christians can climb into bed with Libertarians.  When discussing the size and scope of government, Bordy makes this statement:

Of course, the wording above that reads, “we oppose all inference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals” also applies to the libertarian views on abortion and marriage and that’s a real problem for conservative evangelicals.  This is a huge difference, one that cannot be easily overlooked.  Protecting traditional marriage and innocent human lives are moral imperatives that are worth fighting for not just at the stated level but at the federal level too.  Still, since the Tea Party was founded on economic bedrock issues,evangelicals will typically gloss overs those differences for the sake of standing in unison to fight a worthy, fiscally discipline cause.  But it should be duly noted that evangelicals will continue to forcefully point out that ultimately it is a solid family moral structure that is integral for society to function effectively. (40)

So, for the sake of reducing the size of government, Evangelicals will “gloss over those difference” with those differences being the libertarian view on marriage and abortion.

The other statement involves Ayn Rand.  Progressive Christians will ask how Evangelical Christians can “support the Tea Party when one of their greatest philosophers spews offensive, anti-God comments?” (137)  The answer:

To ponder the question, one must first understand that there are two components to consider here. First, there is the reality that most churchgoing conservative Christians probably have never even heard of Ayn Rand. (137)

So, in essence, Teavangelicals are ignorant of the philosophical works of the Tea Party.  Brody makes Teavangelicals into ignorant people who turn a blind eye to moral issues when it suits their political needs.

I understand that this was an Advance Reader Copy, but I have to admit, I was disappointed that the Forward and three chapters were missing from the copy I received.

I found the Teavangelical Test at the end of chapter two to be laughable, at best, and downright condescending, at worst…if not down right insulting. I also found Bordy’s list of Tea Party “heroes” to be even more amusing.  The list includes Sarah Palin, Mike Pence, Marco Rubio, and Allen West.

This book is seriously lacking any objectivity and can be summed up in one short phrase, “Liberalism bad…Tea Party good!”

Disclaimer:

I received this book free from Amazon as a part of the Amazon Vine Program. Providing me a free copy in no way guarantees a favorable review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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