A gripping psychological tale of a man who uses religion to justify his own sins and lies
Being Christian tells the story of a larger-than-life, yet familiar, character from his crime-ridden beginnings to the peak of his political influence in post-9/11 America.
The product of a violent home, John Christian Hillcox overcomes long odds to build an evangelical empire preaching the gospels of prosperity and End Times. A man of enormous appetites and inadequate self-control, Pastor Hillcox rallies his flock to oppose everything he considers immoral and detrimental to the United States’ identity as a Christian nation—heedless of the consequences for his loved ones and community.
Not since Elmer Gantry has a novel so exposed the religious flim-flammery and hypocrisy that threaten to tear apart the American social and political fabric. Being Christian is a quintessentially American story, based on the ideologies and personalities that make the news every day with their challenges to the Constitutional religious/political divide.
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Bursting from headlines of our day, K.C. Boyd’s novel, Being Christian, tells the story of personal corruption masquerading as public piety. Self-anointed minister J.C. Hillcox builds an empire of fanaticism and superstition upon a lifetime of sex and violence, using his slavering ambition to fan global zealotry and gain himself political power and wealth. Being Christian shows the slimy underbelly of a kind of modern for-profit religion that destroys real faith in pursuit of dominion over the earth. It’s a walloping good read for anyone who has been scorched by the flames of such people, such movements.
Elizabeth Sholes, Director of Public Policy, California Council of Churches and California Church IMPACT
The pace and tone of Being Christian reminded me more than anything of a page-turner detective novel, with a rough noir protagonist caught in a battle between his demons and his raw survival instinct. Set in Texas, everything is big: the man, his hunger, his trangressions, and his rise to power. Over the course of the novel, Christian Hillcox climbs from small town drop-out, battered child and wife-beater to mega-minister with a media empire and access to the halls of congress. But his past returns to haunt him, sometimes literally, as he seeks redemption in sex, God, and Armageddon.
Valerie Tarico, Psychologist, former Director,Children’s Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, WA, founder of www.WisdomCommons.org Her articles can be found regularly in the Green and Religion sections of the Huffington Post.