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The future of faith in American politics : the public witness of the evangelical center /
David P. Gushee.
imprint
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, 2008.
description
xxii, 335 p.
ISBN
9781602580718 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, 2008.
isbn
9781602580718 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Part I: Evangelicals and public life : across the spectrum -- Clearing the ground -- The evangelical right -- The evangelical left -- The emerging evangelical center -- Part II: Finding the center : key issues for evangelical public engagement -- Torture and human rights -- Marriage and the law -- Creation care and the climate change debate -- Evangelicals and war -- Conclusion: A way ahead for Evangelicals and American culture.
catalogue key
6356499
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.
Excerpts
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A provocative look at the political beliefs of evangelical Christians.
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Review Quotes
In this important book David Gushee gives the lie to the sorry myth that Evangelicals are all right-wing extremists. Not only does he show that many are politically progressive, but also that most of them are actually or potentially political moderates with a strong biblical conscience. --George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary
The Future of Faith in American Politics challenges Jim Hightower's famous maxim that the only things in the middle of the road are yellow stripes and dead armadillos. Gushee offers here a cogent and balanced agenda for evangelical activism, a most welcome addition to this important conversation. -- Randall Balmer "Professor of American religious history at Barnard College, Columbia University"
In an election year, we badly need this careful, reasoned reflection on how Christians should confront the pressing moral issues of our time. Gushee offers a refreshingly balanced point of view. --Philip Yancey, Author and editor-at-large of Christianity Today
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USA Today, January 2008
Washington Post, February 2008
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Summaries
Main Description
David Gushee argues convincingly that there is in U.S. politics an "evangelical centre" of voters who do not identify with the politics and religion of either the right or the left. Although evangelical Christians are portrayed by the media as conservatives, Gushee claims that the evangelical movement includes nearly even numbers of voters on the right, in the centre, and on the left of the political spectrum. He provides portraits of the major figures in each of the three camps, outlines the core convictions of the adherents, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of each group's positions. He suggests that the evangelical centre is poised for growth; this book could be its manifesto.
Long Description
David Gushee argues convincingly that there is in U.S. politics an "evangelical center" of voters who do not identify with the politics and religion of either the right or the left. Although evangelical Christians are portrayed by the media as conservatives, Gushee claims that the evangelical movement includes nearly even numbers of voters on the right, in the center, and on the left of the political spectrum. He provides portraits of the major figures in each of the three camps, outlines the core convictions of the adherents, and analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each group's positions. He suggests that the evangelical center is poised for growth; this book could be its manifesto.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Evangelicals and Public Life: Across the Spectrum
Clearing the Groundp. 3
The Evangelical Rightp. 23
The Evangelical Leftp. 57
The Emerging Evangelical Centerp. 87
Finding the Center: Key Issues for Evangelical Public Engagement
Torture and Human Rightsp. 121
Marriage and the Lawp. 141
Creation Care and the Climate Change Debatep. 175
Evangelicals and Warp. 199
Conclusion: A Way Ahead for Evangelicals and American Culturep. 215
Appendices
"For the Health of the Nation"p. 223
An Analysis of "For the Health of the Nation"p. 235
"An Evangelical Declaration against Torture"p. 253
How to Read "An Evangelical Declaration against Torture"p. 271
Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Actionp. 275
"An Urgent Call to Action"p. 283
Rules for Evangelical Politicsp. 287
Notesp. 291
Further Readingp. 311
Index of Names and Termsp. 321
Subject Indexp. 325
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