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The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne
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Jun 03, 08

bookshelves: contemporary-america, christian-intellectuals
Recommended to Jonathan by: Lindsey
Read in June, 2008

An impressionistic review of an impressionistic book:

I finished Irresistible Revolution shortly after debating Gitmo with a friend from church. He argued that we should trust our executive branch to do the right thing, and that innocent casualties in a war are worth the expense. They aren't US citizens, after all.

This book would not change that friend's mind about anything. Indeed, I disagree with a lot of what Claiborne says. But I found the book oddly soothing after that debate. Strange as it is to say, it is good to be reminded that some people who love Jesus are still willing to try to love their enemies even at great cost. So it helped me calm down after a rather disappointing conversation.

Lest anyone misunderstand, warfare is only a small part of the book. Most of the book is devoted to Claiborne's call for economic reform and community life. I could quibble about specifics endlessly. But that would be mostly missing the point.
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