The Unlikely Disciple in Paperback May 14, 2010

The Unlikely Disciple in Paperback

One of the best books I read last year was Kevin Roose‘s The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University.

It’s the story of an Ivy League student who spends a semester at Jerry Falwell‘s ultra-Christian Liberty University.

My review and interview with Kevin can be found here.

Recently, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of the paperback edition of the book in the mail:

Even cooler was seeing a blurb from the site listed in the first pages… (click to enlarge):


Let that be a lesson to all of you: If you spend a semester at a super-religious school, live to tell about it, and write an awesome book, I’ll say good things about it.

So, get applying and begin the process.

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  • NewEnglandBob

    I’ll add this to my current reading list which is 20 books long right now.

  • Lauren

    I read that with my neighborhood book club I started- we all loved it…some liberal Christians, and me, the voice of reason 😉

  • Nakor

    Put in a request for purchase to the local library.

    @NewEnglandBob: Ahh, I know all about long reading lists! (I have a bad habit of picking up books at the library every time I drop some off, and so never getting around to reading the books I’ve actually bought. XD)

    Random thought: Is it just me or is this the sort of book that’s likely to land an interview on The Colbert Report? It’s the perfect kind of material to start a satirical argument over for Colbert.

  • Hugh

    “If you spend a semester at a super-religious school, live to tell about it, and write an awesome book, I’ll say good things about it.”

    Sorry, even a good blurb from Hemant isn’t worth spending a semester in a living hell.

  • Aaron

    I had been looking at that at the book store. Hmmm….I wonder if the library has it.

  • Mike

    Warning: reading this book may actually cause you to view Christians as human beings. Proceed with caution.

  • Is this a serious offer?

    How about not just a semester, but three years? Please read this.

  • Jen

    I loved that book! I read it when you discussed it way back when the book came out in hardback. It was delightful.

  • muggle

    Great, now I’ve two books that I really have to get — this and yours that I’ve yet to read but want to.

  • anti_supernaturalist

    Two millennia later we can laugh at Saul of Tarsus

    supernaturalism cannot stand

    . . .When I was young I was alone in my rejection of xianity.

    I spent 18 years among monsters of xian hatred — with parents and schoolmates viewing me with varying degrees of unsympathetic incomprehension mingled with overt hostility.

    In Ameristan with whom are you going to share the delicious humor in the second essay of ‘On the genealogy of morals’? Nietzsche became my guide. And, I learned to out-argue all apologists of the big-3 monster-theisms by learning philosophy, logic, the history and philosophy of science.

    Only in the last 15 years has an electronic Agorá become a reality. Now, we have Socrates ‘Athens on a global scale. Now, we skeptics are free once again after 2,000 years of xian lies to laugh publicly at Saul of Tarsus when he tries to present an absurd doctrine of bodily resurrection to “a group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers [who] began to dispute with him.” (Acts17:18 NIV)

    But Saul, ever the anti-intellectual hate driven proclaimer of the latest hellenistic savior-god, gave to struggling jewish xianity its core gift, a perverse inverted snobbery. The inverted snobbery of poor, ignorant, envious, malcontents — those living in the lowest strata of Imperial Rome — God is these scum writ large:We stink, but stinking is godly.

    Brothers [sic], think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are…. 1Cor1:26-28 NIV

    God chose “the things that are not — to nullify the things that are…” Here pure xian nihilism gets injected into the marrow of western culture, poisoning it down to today.

    the anti_supernaturalist

  • I should have added it before, but now this book is on my list to get.

    Nice mention in the credits.

  • Justsomeguy

    anti_supernaturalist, could you please tell us all why you are?

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