The Universe Bends Toward Justice: Radical Reflections on the Bible, the Church, and the Body Politic (Google eBook)

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Orbis Books - Religion - 254 pages
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In these passionate and wide-ranging essays Obery Hendricks offers a challenging engagement with spirituality, economics, politics, contemporary Christianity, and the abuses committed in its name. Among his themes: the gap between the spirituality of the church and the spirituality of Jesus; the ways in which contemporary versions of gospel music "sensationalize" today's churches into social and political irrelevance; how the economic principles and policies espoused by the religious right betray the most basic principles of the same biblical tradition they claim to hold dear; the domestication of Martin Luther King's message to foster a political complacency that dishonors King's sacrifices. He ends with a stinging rebuke of the religious right's idolatrous "patriotism" in a radical manifesto for those who would practice "the politics of Jesus" in the public sphere.
  

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Contents

The Problem with Gospel Music Today
1
Contents
41
A Camel through the Eye of a Needle Part
89
Contents xi
104
A Camel through the Eye of a Needle Part
141
Contents
195
Practicing the Politics of Jesus
207
Notes
221
Index
245
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