postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?

Excited to share the cover of my upcoming book with Jericho Books, called postChristian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?. The book comes out in hardback August 2014, and following is the working blurb from the Jericho site:

Christian Piatt had a Bible (literally) thrown at him when he was kicked out of his youth group for asking too many questions about God, about Jesus, and about the Christian faith that he would end up running from for much of his life. He’s not alone: today, more people than ever before are defecting from religion, citing years of hypocrisy and abuse. Having painstakingly regained his faith–but on his own terms–Piatt is the best possible person to reconcile what Christianity claims to be, with what it’s intended to be.

In postChristian, Piatt demonstrates how we can take the “Christian vices” inherent in our religion–such as pride, unquestioning certainty, and judgment–and transform them into “Christian virtues”–humility, faith, and mercy–in both sermon and practice. He demonstrates that it’s not just the “sinner” who needs redemption, but Christianity itself–and redemption is only possible once we start admitting that we are both faithful and also flawed. With searing honesty and razor sharp wit, Piatt shows us that it’s not always what you believe that matters most to the world, but how you live your beliefs out.

To keep up with news about this book’s release, or to request a review copy, follow updates at Jericho’s site HERE, or email me at cpiatt (at) christianpiatt (dot) com.

Following is the working Table of Contents for the book (subject to change, of course):

Chapter One: Lions and Lambs
Seeking peace with those we hate to love

Chapter Two: The Gospel According to Kerouac
The Journey Itself is the Point

Chapter Three: Then Comes the Fall
The Christian Scandal of Pride

Chapter Four: Speaking Silently
The Christ-like Virtue of Humility

Chapter Five: House of Cards
The Christian Scandal of Certainty

Chapter Six: Life On a Flat Planet
The Christ-like Virtue of Faith

Chapter Seven: From Breast to Cross
The Christian Scandal of Lust

Chapter Eight: Re-Membering
The Christ-like Virtue of Love

Chapter Nine: A Gambler’s Empire
The Christian Scandal of Greed

Chapter Ten: Hungry as Dogs
The Christ-like Virtue of Charity

Chapter Eleven: Razing Hell
The Christian Scandal of Judgment

Chapter Twelve: Ninja Jesus
The Christ-like Virtue of Mercy

Chapter Thirteen: Millions in the Hands of an Angry God
The Christian Scandal of Fear

Chapter Fourteen: Carrying Each Other
The Christ-like Virtue of Courage

Chapter Fifteen: Tyranny of the Un-possessed
The Christian Scandal of Envy

Chapter Sixteen: What Love Births 
The Christ-like Virtue of Justice

Chapter Seventeen: Which Side of History?
What’s left? Can we fix it? Do we care?

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He co-created and co-edits the “WTF: Where’s the Faith?” young adult series with Chalice Press, and he has a memoir on faith, family and parenting being published in early 2012 called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date.

  • guest

    It’s a nice cover. It bears a passing resemblence to communist posters; is that deliberate?

    • Christian Piatt

      yes, old Soviet propaganda style

  • Larry_Shallenberger

    Congratulations, Christian!

  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    That sounds interesting, this is definitely a book I want to read.

    Actually, this desire to defend a form of Christianity honoring Reason against the critiques of angry atheists is what my blog is all about.

    “Christian Piatt had a Bible (literally) thrown at him when he was kicked
    out of his youth group for asking too many questions about God, about
    Jesus, and about the Christian faith that he would end up running from
    for much of his life.”

    Two weeks ago I went to an Evangelical Bible study about John’s gospel.

    I pointed out that many things could not stem from Jesus since he expressed himself in a too dissimilar way in the synoptic gospels.

    I was litterally silenced and had to fake a headache in order to politely leave the group alone.

    Lovely greetings.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com


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