For the Healing of the Nation

For the Healing of the Nation


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For the Healing of the Nation offers a serious look at the social and political climate in the United States from a biblical perspective, emphasizing race and "otherness," economics and the environment, and institutional violence (war and capital punishment). An autobiographical thread traces the journey of a white male coming of age in the mid-twentieth-century Deep South as his evolving faith leads him to painful breaks with inherited values and standard views on controversial issues. Critical not only of both major political parties but also of centrist compromises between Right and Left, Russell Pregeant seeks a "forward" position, which he terms "ecocommunitarian," based on biblical values. His musings touch on both southern and American identities and on the nature of the biblical writings and the ways they should and should not be used in contemporary debates. Central to the entire work are discussions of how idolatrous commitments to a culture's prevalent ideologies obscure the essential demands of biblical faith.

"Written with conviction, compassion, and clarity, this book is packed with readable information and insights for people concerned about our nation--and who want to understand its politics in terms of biblical perceptions of justice and love. Pregeant not only analyzes but also responds with realistic and practical proposals. Personal stories drawn from his experience of growing up in Louisiana during the civil rights struggle, and sharing his own inner struggles on revenge and the death penalty, enrich the argument and keep its feet on the ground."
--M. Eugene Boring, I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of New Testament, Emeritus,
Brite Divinity School; author, An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology

"Russell Pregeant deftly weaves together personal experience, as a white man raised in the South, with well-researched historical material, intertwined with biblical and theological reflection as they inform a prophetic diagnosis of racial injustice, economic and environmental disparities, and life-destroying systems of violence. In this readable, thought-provoking book, Pregeant demonstrates his love for his nation alongside humility about his own shifting understandings, and offers his insights on how to move forward."
--Susan Wolfe Hassinger, Bishop-in-Residence and Lecturer, Boston University School of Theology

"Russell Pregeant challenges his readers to read the Bible with new perspectives, addressing key issues in today's society: racism, economic injustices, policies that break the fabric of humanity. His clear and thought-provoking writing calls for a study in the faith formation groups of our churches."
--Sudarshana Devadhar, Resident Bishop, New England Conference - United Methodist Church

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498235419
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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