Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics

Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics

by Peter Goodwin Heltzel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300124333

ISBN-13: 9780300124330

Pub. Date: 07/21/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This timely book investigates the increasing visibility and influence of evangelical Christians in recent American politics with a focus on racial justice. Peter Goodwin Heltzel considers four evangelical social movements: Focus on the Family, the National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Community Development Association, and Sojourners.

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This timely book investigates the increasing visibility and influence of evangelical Christians in recent American politics with a focus on racial justice. Peter Goodwin Heltzel considers four evangelical social movements: Focus on the Family, the National Association of Evangelicals, Christian Community Development Association, and Sojourners.

The political motives and actions of evangelical groups are founded upon their conceptions of Jesus Christ, Heltzel contends. He traces the roots of contemporary evangelical politics to the prophetic black Christianity tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the socially engaged evangelical tradition of Carl F. H. Henry. Heltzel shows that the basic tenets of King’s and Henry’s theologies have led their evangelical heirs toward a prophetic evangelicalism in a shade of blue green—blue symbolizing the tragedy of black suffering in the Americas, and green symbolizing the hope of a prophetic evangelical engagement with poverty, AIDS, and the environment. This fresh theological understanding of evangelical political groups shines new light on the ways evangelicals shape and are shaped by broader American culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300124330
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Mark A. Noll....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xi
Introduction....................xvii
PART I: EVANGELICAL HISTORY 1 The Lion Is Roaring....................3
2 Revival, Race, and Reform: The Roots of Modern Evangelical Politics....................13
3 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Theology of the Cross....................45
4 Carl F. H. Henry's Uneasy Conscience....................71
PART II: EVANGELICAL POLITICS 5 Focus on the Family: Nurturing and Defending the Family....................91
6 National Association of Evangelicals: For the Health of the Nation....................127
7 The Christian Community Development Association: A Quiet Revolution....................160
8 Sojourners: The Great Awakening....................178
9 Evangelical Politics in a Shade of Blue Green....................203
Notes....................219
Index....................251

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