Christian Voices: Journeys through Faith and Politics in Contemporary American Protestantism

Christian Voices: Journeys through Faith and Politics in Contemporary American Protestantism

by Charlene Floyd


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ISBN-13: 9780275990022
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

CHARLENE FLOYD teaches religion and politics in the Doctor of Ministry Program at New York Theological Seminary. A political scientist, she has been studying religion and politics for over twenty years.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Building Church: St. Francis United Methodist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina     13
A Story to Tell: Concord Presbyterian Church, Delaware, Ohio     51
Obedient to the Word: Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas     89
Somewhere in the Silence: Park Slope United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, New York     127
Politics of the Pew: Does Where You Stand Depend on Where You Sit?     159
Notes     167
Index     171

What People are Saying About This

Ronald Lawson

"Charlene Floyd's Christian Voices is fascinating, inspiring, and troubling. Its approach—interviews with pastors and key laity from four Protestant congregations, with extensive use of quotations—broadened my understanding of the deep connection between faith and politics. The stories of faith, prayer, action, and miracles are gripping and inspiring, presenting templates of diverse congregations that work. This book will be useful in classrooms, to Christians and congregations seeking inspiration and understanding of the dynamics of Christian communities, and to the less religious who wish to understand the deep connections between faith and actions."

Kenneth J. Guest

"Christian Voices is a tour de force of story telling. At a time when Christian politics is stereotyped on both the right and left, Charlene Floyd captures the thought-provoking and moving voices of grassroots people of faith. Floyd's skills as a political scientist and a scholar of religion allow the reader to see beyond political and religious institutions, to hear the stories of individual people of faith, and to see how politics and religion are deeply embedded in the every-day lived experiences of the American people."

Lester Edwin J. Ruiz

"This book decisively points to and demonstrates in a compelling manner the (re)turn to the everyday life, for so long ignored by the makers of faith and politics, through which profound, embodied, and transforming voices are re-discovered offering not only possibilities for justice, compassion, and hospitality, but also the redemption of American Protestantism—through the telling and retelling of these wonderfully human stories."

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DrSmeeton on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Christians from three mainline denominations recount their faith journeys and some are quite compelling. They hold differing views on the Christian life, morality and politics. Anyone who has had a serious conversation with another believer knows there are such differences and Charlene Ford does not give their comments any since of meaning nor draw any conclusions from the stories. One is left with only fragmented stories without meaning.