Believing Aloud: Reflections on Being Religious in the Public Square

Believing Aloud: Reflections on Being Religious in the Public Square

by Mark Douglas, Walter Brueggemann
     
 

In the fall of 2006, Mark Douglas, a professor of Christian ethics, was invited to write weekly editorials for a secular newspaper. Surprisingly, his editor placed no limits around either the content or the rhetoric of those editorials. This book offers Professor Douglas's reflections on that work and the editorials themselves. Taken together, they model a

Overview

In the fall of 2006, Mark Douglas, a professor of Christian ethics, was invited to write weekly editorials for a secular newspaper. Surprisingly, his editor placed no limits around either the content or the rhetoric of those editorials. This book offers Professor Douglas's reflections on that work and the editorials themselves. Taken together, they model a particular vision of Christian engagement in the public sphere. This book offers a single sustained argument about why and how the Christian faith should shape the public lives of its adherents. Both the reflections and the editorials model various aspects of that argument.

At the center of this book's argument are the Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love. Douglas begins by arguing not only that faith matters in the public sphere but describing how this is so. He then describes the way hope shapes a worldview through which to interpret public life. Finally, the virtue of love informs the practices of a life in which Christians learn to "believe aloud."

Many recent books have made the case that it is important for people of faith to engage in matters of public interest-this one actually shows how one person has done so.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608992478
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
09/15/2010
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Douglas is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. He is the author of Confessing Christ in the 21st Century (2005).

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