A New Evangelical Manifesto: A Kingdom Vision for the Common Good (Google eBook)
David P Gushee
Chalice Press, Aug 30, 2012 - Religion - 272 pages
Being religiously conservative does not necessarily mean being politically conservative. There is a significant, emerging segment of conservatively theological Christians who agree with politically liberal counterparts while staying true to their own faith regarding a wide variety of political issues in contemporary America. It is time for a new look at faith and politics in America. It is time for A New Evangelical Manifesto. Written by authors, theologians, and instructors affiliated with the The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good (NEP), the aim of A New Evangelical Manifesto is to introduce the work and vision of the New Evangelical Partnership and other leaders gathered who think differently about how conservative faith relates to politics. The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good (NEP) exists to advance human well-being as an expression of our love for Jesus Christ, which is itself a grateful response to his love for us and for a good but suffering world. A New Evangelical Manifesto discusses many "hot button" issues such as human trafficking, healthcare, race, abortion, nuclear weapons, war, global poverty, Christianity, the church, and theology.
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Not as "new" as they claimUser Review - Christianbook.com
Evangelicals are not monks nor are we Amish. We live in (and “of,” more than we like to admit) an increasingly secular culture that denigrates religion or wants to reduce it to a useful political tool. We can’t help but absorb some of the culture, and no doubt there are many evangelicals who feel a certain guilt – especially the younger ones, who have no recollection of an earlier time when being a Christian was a little more socially acceptable. So, it’s tough to be a real Christian today. It’s counter-cultural. People can be forgiven for being shaped by the culture – up to a point. Paul told Christians to “be not conformed.” It wasn’t easy to be a Christian when he wrote those words, nor is it easy now. In fact, it was never easy even in times and places where most people were (in theory) Christians – as people like John Wesley and John Bunyan and Roger Williams found out. Let me say up front this book could be summarized as: Evangelicals need to conform more to the culture, for that is what Jesus would want. It’s an interesting message, one I don’t accept. Early in the book, we’re told evangelicals should be “loving, rather than angry; holistic, rather than narrowly focused; healing, rather than divisive; and independent of partisanship and ideology, rather than subservient to party or ideology.” We’re also told that “American evangelicals are more American than Christian, more fixated on nation than church.” These and many other statements in the book are meant to deride the old, outmoded form of evangelicalism. But I always react to these statements the same way: I’ve never KNOWN evangelicals who are like that - angry, or subservient to a party, or more fixated on nation than church. None. What I see in the book is something familiar in any book by “new” evangelicals: a straw man, that crotchety, sour killjoy Puritan who thinks God is a Republican. I’ve never met one – never in all my years in evangelical churches, colleges, and ministries. Yes, I know more e ...
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An Evangelical Alternative to Christofascism: A Review of A New Evangelical Manifesto When I first perused A New Evangelical Manifesto, I was more than a bit dubious. The fact that there was barely a ...