01/06/2015 11:56 am ET

What Newsweek's Bible Cover Story Gets Wrong About Evangelicals

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(CNN) "They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations," writes Kurt Eichenwald of evangelical Christians.

"They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments...They are God's frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch."

So begins Eichenwald's recent cover story for Newsweek, "The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin," which the author claims is meant to enlighten readers about the true nature and content of the Bible, but which almost certainly alienates the very people it aims to persuade by caricaturing and mocking them in the opening paragraphs.