Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why Are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World?

Scandal of Evangelical Politics: Why Are Christians Missing the Chance to Really Change the World?

by Ronald J. Sider
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801068371

ISBN-13: 9780801068379

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

"Christian political activity today is a disaster."

So begins Ron Sider's analysis of contemporary evangelical political engagement. Christians have failed along all points of the political spectrum to subject their inherited political perspectives to the lordship of Christ via thoughtful, biblical critique. The result is infighting, lack of

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"Christian political activity today is a disaster."

So begins Ron Sider's analysis of contemporary evangelical political engagement. Christians have failed along all points of the political spectrum to subject their inherited political perspectives to the lordship of Christ via thoughtful, biblical critique. The result is infighting, lack of effective political influence, and worst of all, harm to our gospel witness.

Evangelicals have the opportunity to promote the well-being of all through a uniquely Christian political vision. Combining biblical principles with societal analysis, Sider helps develop an irenic approach for doing politics in a wise, biblically grounded way that honors Christ and acknowledges his lordship over all areas of life.

"Sider is one of our most important public theologians."--Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners; author, God's Politics

"Sider serves up his most compelling statement ever on how Christians can and should influence American government."--John J. DiIulio Jr., first director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; author, Godly Republic

"This book should be a guidebook for Christians who want to be a voice for Jesus in shaping social policy."--Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed; executive committee member, National Association of Evangelicals

"A mature, balanced, well-informed, richly biblical Christian political ethic for a broad audience."--David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University; president, Evangelicals for Human Rights; author, The Future of Faith in American Politics

"Sider's work has undoubtedly helped usher in an era in which fewer believers rush to embrace the secular ideologies of either Left or Right--and even less the rancorous behavior associated with them--and instead embrace a deeper biblical ethic as a guide to political positions as well as public conduct."--Don Eberly, author; White House aide to presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush

"American evangelicals should read and discuss this book and think hard about the kind of organizing that will be needed to fulfill genuine political responsibility."--James W. Skillen, president, Center for Public Justice

"Sider provides a road map, a guide to help Christians of all political persuasions to develop a relevant and just political philosophy."--Tony Hall, United States ambassador, United Nations, Rome

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801068379
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     9
Preface     11
The Scandal of Evangelical Political Engagement
Tragic Failure, New Opportunity     15
A Better Approach
Developing a Faithful Methodology     27
The Biblical Story and Politics     49
Building a Solid Framework: From Biblical Paradigms and Societal Analysis to an Evangelical Political Philosophy
The State: Its Nature, Purpose, and Limits     79
Justice     101
Human Rights, Democracy, and Capitalism     127
The Sanctity of Human Life     145
Marriage and Family     157
Religious Freedom, Church, and State     171
Peacemaking, Just War, and Nonviolence     191
Creation Care     209
Nation-States and International Affairs     219
Loving One's Neighbor through Faithful Political Engagement
Biblical Balance, Historic Opportunity     233
Bibliography     243
Notes     253

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