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Two remarkable men

This is a remarkable book about the lives of two remarkable men. One is John R. Rice, editor of The Sword of the Lord newspaper, whose life's work was a taproot of American fundamentalism. The other is Rice's grandson, Andy Himes, whose journey took him from fundamentalism through Maoism to Microsoft, bringing him finally to a place where he could write candidly and compassionately about a man and a movement we must understand if we want to understand America.


This was an amazing story, full of twists that I never expected. For example, I never knew that in the 19th century evangelical Christians were in the forefront of the movement to abolish slavery or to create equal opportunities for women or to end the exploitation of children in factories. I also never understood how the trauma of war limits our ability to deal with cultural and religious diversity.