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Subject: The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 3:21 PM ET
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Has anyone read this? I read it last night, and really enjoyed it.

It's an account of the author's semester at Liberty University, the Evangelical Christian college started by Jerry Falwell. Roose was a sophomore at Brown when he decided to transfer to Liberty in order to write this book. Roose's family is ultra-liberal and his parents are Quakers, though not very religious.

It was an eye-opening read, but not demonizing. As someone who does not, even casually, know an Evangelical in real life, I enjoyed this little glimpse into the other side.

ETA: my title was cut off. The author is Kevin Roose.

http://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Disciple-Semester-Americas-University/dp/044617842X more info.

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Date Posted: 6/1/2009 10:49 PM ET
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well, goddamit, now I have another book to add to my tbr pile.  Wonder how I'd do there... *shudder*.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 11:54 PM ET
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I wouldn't make it for even one day - not even through student orientation!  The thought of Liberty University makes me shudder.

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 1:03 AM ET
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I was really curious about this.  Onto my RL it goes!

To be honest, I would be more interested to read what sort of experience a non-evangelical woman would have at Liberty University.  I have a feeling it would be more difficult.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I was reading the synopsis and what immediately struck me as the hardest rule for me to follow.... no R rated movies.  Guh.  Rabid film buff that I am, I could never imagine giving up Psycho, Saving Private Ryan, The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, Animal House....

Alcohol I can go without, I can watch my language, but mess with my movies and we've got a problem.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 3:56 PM ET
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And the Orwellian wonder that is the name "Liberty University".  Yikes!

I've really never understood the Protestant problem with drinking in light of the amount of drinking Jesus did.  What's the explanation for it?

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 4:51 PM ET
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I read about the author in Newsweek and he was very candid and funny.  It's been on my WL and I hope to get it soon.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 5:27 PM ET
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Former Protestant here.  When I was in church I was told that drinking was bad and the only reason that Jesus did it was because the water at the time was not safe to drink.  Yeah, right, okay, whatever................

 

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 5:52 PM ET
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Isn't the no drinking just a Baptist thing?  I still go to church (Congregational) with my mom sometimes and they never mention anything about temperance.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 11:07 AM ET
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Caviglia, the students also follow what they call the Liberty Way. They claim that by having so many rules, they are actually more free than other college students. Can't say I agree, but...

Here is a list of some of the rules and the consequences for breaking the rules: http://www.libertyu.com/index.cfm?PID=1378

And I agree, I would love to see how a non-Evangelical woman would react to the experience. I felt sad for a few of the woman depicted in the book. College for some of them was just about finding a husband.

Overall the book made me laugh, cringe, and get a little angry (mainly the science classes and the acceptance of casual---and not so casual homophobia ). Some things also pleasantly surprised me. It probably comes off as condescending, but I felt really sorry for a lot of the Liberty students.

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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Caviglia, the students also follow what they call the Liberty Way. They claim that by having so many rules, they are actually more free than other college students. Can't say I agree, but...

All i could think of was this (I scanned incorrectly!  Read "cartoon 2" first and then "cartoon 1"):  http://www.flickr.com/photos/23204221@N08/

ETA - in case anyone was wondering, the other pictures are my new shower curtain. ;~)



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Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Four legs good, two legs baaaaad.....

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 12:38 AM ET
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All i could think of was this (I scanned incorrectly!  Read "cartoon 2" first and then "cartoon 1"):  Link

I couldn't read the cartoons, even after zooming in about 7x.  Oh well.  they did look funny.

I went to the Liberty U. rules page.  Notice how all the fuss about unsupervised male-female student contact has nothing to do with potential harassment or assault, as those have their own penalties. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 4:53 PM ET
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I couldn't read the cartoons, even after zooming in about 7x.  Oh well.  they did look funny.

To clarify - you have to click on each panel individually.

Also - the insistance of rules and restraint granting true freedom echos what folks in the BDSM community say. 

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 7:10 PM ET
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blurg.  Just got the book in at the library, picked it up, brought it home, went to make dinner and when I come back my sister's snagged it.

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 11:24 PM ET
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Ok, just finished it.  Very interesting, thought provoking book.  Although I wonder if someone like me (who can best be described as an apatheist, don't think there's a god, don't really care) would have a similar experience as Kevin Roose (who did say he believed in some sort of God before attending). 

A few points did disturb me.  Mostly it was the few times that Roose seemed to forget or overlook the fact that as nice as people there treated him, someone who was Jewish, black, gay etc. could have had a much uglier experience.  Those instances were very few though, overall I was impressed at how balanced he remained.