"Hands down, Broken Words is the most insightful, clear-eyed, and popularly useful overview to date of why and how Evangelicalism has come to be such a powerful and intractable political and doctrinal bloc in American affairs over the last half century. Written in vivid, conversational style, Words also carries within itself the gentleness of affection and familial courtesy, for Dudley was himself reared evangelical. There is no meanness of spirit here, no clanging of swords. There is simply an urgent demand that we look now and accurately at how politics has led many among us to reversals of our historic faith and practice and, ultimately, to divisive and destructive civil policies and prejudices." –Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of religion department at Publisher's Weekly
"Jonathan Dudley has rendered a great service with this brilliant book. By taking on the use by social conservatives of both science and scripture to push their agenda with regards to abortion, homosexuality, evolution, and environmentalism, Dudley exposes the inconsistencies and contradictions in their claims as well as their methods of interpretation and arguing. The remarkable aspect of Dudley's book is its astonishing juxtaposition of scientific and religious knowledge and sensibilities. Dudley is equally educated in theology, biblical studies, and biological sciences. The combination is unusual and notable. The writing accessible and elegant." –Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University
"Jonathan Dudley brings theological sophistication, scientific savvy and historical sensitivity to this astute analysis of four central issues in today's culture wars. Broken Words is essential reading for anyone who aspires to reclaim evangelicalism from the Religious Right." –Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History, Columbia University, Author of Thy Kingdom Come
"Jonathan Dudley's book Broken Words is a very clear, very thoughtful, and very comprehensive look at four issues involving science.... It's an easy read for people who want to take a look at an alternative view...a really well done book.
-Rev. Barry Lynn, author of Piety & Politics and host of Culture Shocks
"Broken Words grabs the reader's attention from the very first sentence.... The book is a strong argument because of Dudley's strong qualifications in both science and theology.... [He] very nicely traces the evolution of evangelical thought...and in so doing, points out the fallacy of a 'simple reading' of scripture.'"
-American Scientific Affiliation
"Dudley's potentially controversial book is cleanly, persuasively written and based on in-depth theological and historical scholarship."
-Hopkins Medicine Magazine
"Dudley clearly feels discussion, reasoning, and reconciliation rather than intransigence and rigid partisanship ought to be characteristic of popular evangelicals. Excellent argumentation, by no means only, though especially, for evangelicals."
"Jonathan Dudley is a young man on a mission, and in Broken Words he makes a significant contribution to fulfilling it."
-The Presbyterian Outlook
"Very instructive... [Dudley] shows that 'Intelligent Design' is both a PR sham and a scientific one."
-National Catholic Reporter
"Tackling the perspective of social religious conservatives in America, author Jonathan Dudley...lays the groundwork for [a] post-Religious Right movement.... His chapter,' Queer Quagmires,' on the ever-evolving Christian perspectives on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and other LGBT issues, is particularly compelling."
"Five stars out of five"
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