IFAS | Freedom Writer | April/May/June 1990 | review.html

Fall from Grace

FALL FROM GRACE: The Failed Crusade of the Christian Right by Michael D'Antonio. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1990. Clothbound 242 pages.

We looked forward to the release of this book written by former Newsday religion writer Michael D'Antonio. D'Antonio's excellent treatment of the Christian fundamentalist, Pentecostal, and charismatic mindset is worthwhile reading for those who wis h to comprehend the theology of these groups.

However, Fall from Grace has major flaws. One of the most blatant is that it suggests that the radical Christian right pinned most of its hope for political success on the presidential bid of televangelist Pat Robertson. The book fails to mention t hat the Rev. Jerry Falwell endorsed Vice President George Bush and supported him throughout the campaign. Fundamentalists didn't back Robertson. The Christian right's political and social agenda is multifaceted. D'Antonio doesn't reflect this fact.

In conclusion, Fall from Grace states: "With the demise of Robertson's campaign came the death of the Christian Right's political hopes. The born-again movement soon ceased to be a significant religious or social force as well." Somewhere alone the way, D'Antonio lost his touch with reality.

Fall from Grace is a fair resource for those who seriously follow the Christian right. Sadly, it lacks an index, notes, or bibliography. While Fall from Grace has its interesting moments, it is seriously flawed. We do not recommend this book .

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