Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement

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A Practical and Balanced Approach to Politics

Ron Sider offers a biblically grounded, factually rooted, Christian approach to politics that cuts across ideological divides. Shaped by a careful study of society, Just Politics will guide you into more thoughtful and effective political activity. It addresses perennially tough questions that often divide the church.

"Ron Sider once again proves that he is one of...

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Overview

A Practical and Balanced Approach to Politics

Ron Sider offers a biblically grounded, factually rooted, Christian approach to politics that cuts across ideological divides. Shaped by a careful study of society, Just Politics will guide you into more thoughtful and effective political activity. It addresses perennially tough questions that often divide the church.

"Ron Sider once again proves that he is one of our country's most important public theologians. Tackling the most pertinent debates of the day, Just Politics offers a blueprint for how evangelicals can be politically active in a biblically coherent, spiritually mature, and publicly reflective way. Any Christian who is looking to be challenged in what it means to be faithful and politically engaged should read this book!"
Jim Wallis, president and CEO, Sojourners; author, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good

"Ron Sider, the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, sets forth in this book ways in which Christians can work for justice with the political systems of our day. Drawing on his extensive scholarly research and his lifetime of activism, he provides a scenario that can assist Christians who want to responsibly implement biblical principles in the decisions of government. Those who want to know how to make informed statements in response to the crucial issues of these perilous times will find this book an invaluable guide. Ron Sider writes with clarity and conviction. This book deserves praise!"
Tony Campolo, Eastern University

"Ron Sider builds on years of experience and conversations with Christians across a very wide spectrum. His balance is better than that of most who want to influence politics for the better. And biblical faith is the solid platform on which he builds and balances. Listen to Ron carefully before taking your next step. Just Politics: that's what we need."
James W. Skillen, former president, Center for Public Justice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587433269
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,461,794
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Sider (PhD, Yale University) is the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is the author of the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Part 1: The Scandal of Evangelical Political Engagement
1. Tragic Failure, New Opportunity
Part 2: A Better Approach
2. Developing a Faithful Methodology
3. Politics and the Biblical Story
Part 3: Building a Solid Framework: From Biblical Paradigms and Societal Analysis to an Evangelical Political Philosophy
4. The State: Its Nature, Purpose, and Limits
5. Justice
6. Human Rights, Democracy, and Capitalism
7. The Sanctity of Human Life
8. Marriage and Family
9. Religious Freedom, Church, and State
10. Peacemaking, Just War, and Nonviolence
11. Creation Care
12. Nation-States and International Affairs
Part 4: Loving One's Neighbor through Faithful Political Engagement
13. Biblical Balance, Historic Opportunity
Index

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