A House United: How the Church Can Save the World

A House United: How the Church Can Save the World

by Allen Hilton


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By entering the culture wars, churchgoers in the United States have ushered the Left and the Right to even greater extremes. Battles over moral issues like abortion rights and homosexuality have now widened to include taxation and size of government, so that specific church affiliation has become an accurate predictor of political party affiliation. The extremists in American politics rely on Christians to be the engine that pushes the culture farther right or left.

Allen Hilton believes that religion isn't inherently divisive, and he suggests a new role for Christianity. Jesus prayed that his disciples might all be one, and this book imagines a proper answer to that prayer in the context of American polarization.

Rather than asking people to leave their political and theological beliefs at the church door, Hilton promotes a Christianity that brings people together with their differences. Through God's transforming work, he writes, we can create a house united that will help our nation come back together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506401911
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 227
Sales rank: 559,905
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Allen Hilton is the founder and executive director of House United, a nonprofit initiative that helps groups collaborate across theological and political differences. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Yale University, where he served on the Divinity School faculty, and has led Christian formation in three large churches. Allen is a sought-after speaker on reconciliation and community building.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Divided States of America 1

2 A Tale of Two Prayers 27

3 Righteous Minds 59

4 The Perils of Echo Chambers 79

5 The Dividends of Difference 99

6 Meeting through Mission 123

7 Christian Mingle 147

8 Courageous Conversations 171

Mission 4.0:

9 How the Church Can Save the World 201

Acknowledgments 227

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