Speaking My Mind

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Speaking My Mind represents one of the biggest risks of Tony Campolo's ministry. It's a courageous book by a godly man who deeply loves his fellow Christians but sees today's evangelical movement as dangerously one-sided. In everything from policies to politics to talk radio, the voice of evangelical Christianity is the voice of social conservatism. sDo evangelicals have an image problem? What's happening to their theology? How well do they relate to the rest of the world? What does the future hold for them? The ...
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Speaking My Mind: The Radical Evangelical Prophet Tackles the Tough Issues Christians Are Afraid to Face

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Speaking My Mind represents one of the biggest risks of Tony Campolo's ministry. It's a courageous book by a godly man who deeply loves his fellow Christians but sees today's evangelical movement as dangerously one-sided. In everything from policies to politics to talk radio, the voice of evangelical Christianity is the voice of social conservatism. sDo evangelicals have an image problem? What's happening to their theology? How well do they relate to the rest of the world? What does the future hold for them? The closer some Christian leaders come to these questions, the fuzzier they get on expressing their true beliefs. But Campolo approaches them sharply focused and refreshingly steadfast. Campolo insists that there are committed Christians on both sides of the issues and that politically liberal viewpoints deserve to be heard: men and women can be evangelicals and still support environmental protection, oppose war, and advocate for the poor. Yet he's quick to admit he doesn't have all the answers, just the unshakable conviction of a struggling Christian trying to find out what is right and wrong within the community of believers he loves.
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More than a decade ago, Campolo (sociology, emeritus, Eastern Univ.) rattled the evangelical Christian community with 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch, in which he addressed economic, foreign policy, human sexuality, and women's rights issues of import to Christians. This work covers much of the same ground. Campolo is an intelligent evangelical whose opinions are informed by a close reading of the Bible and the natural and social sciences. As such, his essays are not easy to characterize. Secular liberals will like his defense of civil rights for gays and lesbians, as well as his opposition to the war in Iraq. Religious liberals will appreciate his take on the ordination of women and the availability of salvation for all (even non-Christians). Religious conservatives will appreciate his call for celibacy for homosexual Christians and the continuing need for evangelization. While some may argue that his conclusions are contradictory, Campolo's prose is passionate, thoughtful, and eminently readable. An essential purchase for public and theological libraries. Christopher Brennan, SUNY at Brockport Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849908231
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,456,892
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.38 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Campolo, best-selling author, is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education.Tony speaks about 350 times a year in the United States and around the globe. He has been a media commentator for a variety of outlets, has written more than thirty-five books, and blogs regularly at redletterchristians.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Part I The Evangelical Takeover
1. Whatever Happened to Mainline Denominations? 3
2. How Did Evangelicalism Get So Big? 11
3. Do Evangelicals Have an Image Problem? 25
Part II What Problems Lie Ahead?
4. Is Evangelicalism Sexist? 33
5. Are Evangelicals Handling the Gay Issue All Wrong? 55
6. Is There a Second Chance for Those Who Die Without Christ? 77
7. Are Evangelicals Afraid of Science? 96
8. Can We Help the Poor Without Making Matters Worse? 123
9. Is Islam Really an Evil Religion? 138
10. Are Evangelicals Too Militaristic? 153
11. Do We Understand Why So Many People Throughout the World Hate America? 169
12. Are Evangelicals Right About America Being in a Moral Decline? 187
13. Is Evangelicalism Headed for a Split? 202
14. There Is Hope for Better Days 227
Appendix Opportunities to Help the Poor 235
Notes 240
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