Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143112372
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Illuminating, often troubling, and unapologetically frank, Righteous is dynamic young journalist Lauren Sandler’s report from the nexus of religious fundamentalism and youth culture. As a secular guide through the passion and politics of the teenage evangelical “Disciple Generation,” Sandler offers the first front line exploration of the Christian youth counterculture and what its influence could mean for the future of America. She intimately connects with skateboarding missionaries, tattooed members of a self-sufficient postpunk mega- church, rock- ‘n’-rolling antiabortion protestors, and rap preachers who merge hip-hop’s love of money with old- fashioned Bible-beating fundamentalism-true believers who reveal themselves with openness and truly astonishing candor, but what they reveal about our nation is most astonishing of all.


“…an intriguing journey into a burgeoning and often contradictory phenomenon”
-The Washington Post

“If you have any doubt that there is a culture war that must be waged and won by secularists in America, read this book.”
-Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith

“Compassion for her subjects and brisk writing make her increasingly alarming story go down easy.”
-Rocky Mountain News

Table of Contents

RighteousYou’ll Feel Lead

1. Fetal Position
2. Come as You Are
3. Saved on the Half-Pipe
4. In the Name of the Father
5. Soldiers of Fortune
6. The Ultimate Party School
7. Evolutionary War
8. The Last Generation

Slouching Toward Babylon

Sources for Numbers

PRH Book Clubs Survey