For the Healing of the Nation: A Biblical Vision

For the Healing of the Nation: A Biblical Vision

by Russell Pregeant

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ISBN-13: 9781498235396
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Russell Pregeant is Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Chaplain Emeritus at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and was frequently Visiting Professor in New Testament at Andover Newton Theological School. He is the author of several books, including Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons (2011) and Encounter with the New Testament (2009).

Table of Contents

Foreword John B. Cobb ix

Preface xiii

Introduction: Trembling for My Country: A Reflection on Place 1

Part 1 "Who Is My Neighbor?" The Tragedy of Dreams Deferred

Prologue to Part 1: A Little Window on a Great Big World 7

1 A Place Reconfigured: Memories of the Mid-Twentieth-Century South 10

2 Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Times 20

3 Adjusting the Lenses: The Bible, Race, and the Unity of Humankind 30

4 Ideology against the Bible: A Judgment on the Past 43

5 Adorning the Tombs of the Prophets: Assessing the Present 53

6 Reflections on a Sugar House: A Question of Identity 77

Part 2 "The Land is Mine": Justice in the Marketplace, Justice for the Earth, Justice in the Forum

Prologue to Part 2: Neither the Margins nor the Middle 95

7 A Miniprimer on Biblical Economics 98

8 Applying the Principles: Biblical Economics and Political Philosophies 116

9 Torah Betrayed: Current Economics in Biblical Perspective 139

10 "And God Saw That It Was Good": The Bible, Earth, and the "American Way of Life" 159

11 Vines and Fig Trees in the "Days to Come": Toward Justice, Sustain ability, and Democracy 181

12 But Can We Do It? Overcoming the Impediments 200

Part 3 "Not with Swords' Loud Clashing": Violence, Justice, and the Commonwealth of God

Prologue to Part 3: A Lifelong Struggle and a Stable Conviction 219

13 A Complex Heritage: The Bible on War, Peace, and Empire 223

14 Conquest and Imperialism in U.S. History: The Four Hundred Years' War 231

15 Conquest and Imperialism Continued: The Path to Perpetual War 246

16 Justice Untempered, Justice Denied: Courtroom, Prison, Death Row 273

Conclusion: Putting Away the Idols 299

Epilogue: Jazz, Gumbo, the Bible, and God 303

Bibliography 321

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