About the Author
Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times op-ed
page. He is the author of To Change the Church, Bad
Religion, and Privilege, and coauthor of Grand New
Party. Before joining the New York Times, he was a
senior editor for the Atlantic. He is the film critic for
National Review, and he cohosts the New York Times's
weekly op-ed podcast, The Argument. He lives in New Haven
with his wife and four children.
""Bad Religion "is nothing short of prophetic. In a time of
religious, political, and cultural upheaval, Ross Douthat tells the
American faithful--liberals, conservatives, and everybody in
between--not what we want to hear, but what we desperately need to
hear. With this provocative and challenging work that no thoughtful
Christian can afford to ignore, Douthat assures his place in the
first rank of his generation's public intellectuals."
--Rod Dreher, author of "Crunchy Cons" and senior editor of "The
""Bad Religion" is superb: sharply critical of the amazing variety
of American religious pathologies, but fair; blunt in diagnosis,
but just; telling a dark tale, but telling it hopefully. For those
trying to understand the last half-century or more of American
religion, and to strive for a better future, it is an indispensable
--Alan Jacobs, author of "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination
of C. S. Lewis"
"A brilliantly reasoned argument for orthodox Christianity and the
need for vibrant faith in society. In this perceptive and timely
work, Ross Douthat extolls the 'vital center' of belief while
calling out the fashionable heretics among us. This is one 'Bad
Religion' we can all believe in."
--Raymond Arroyo, "New York Times" bestselling author, host of
EWTN's "The World Over Live"
"Not only is Ross Douthat's account of orthodox Christianity's
decline provocative, but his critique of today's ascendant heresies
is compelling. This volume is a sustained proof of Chesterton's
thesis that when people turn from God, 'they don't believe in
nothing--they believe in anything.' Everyone who is interested in
why the church is faring as it is in U.S. culture today needs to
get this book."
--Timothy Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York
"Ross Douthat's thoughtful, articulate, wide-ranging, sometimes
contrarian and always provocative new book asks a tough question:
Why has Christianity been so misunderstood, and so misused, in the
past few decades? From those who (foolishly) watered down the most
basic Christian beliefs, to those who (falsely) promised worldly
success to the followers of Jesus, the values of orthodoxy
(literally, "right belief") have often been blithely set aside.
With an impressive command of both history and contemporary social
trends, Douthat shows not only how we ended up with a Christianity
of our own making, but also how we can reclaim an adherence to the
teachings of the real Jesus--not just the convenient one."
--James Martin, SJ, author of "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost)