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Christian Political Witness

(Wheaton Theology Conference)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
"My kingdom is not of this world." Followers of Jesus have been struggling to understand these words ever since he first uttered them--often in sharply contradictory ways. Today the inescapably political nature of Christian witness is widely recognized. But what is the shape of this witness? What should Christian political engagement look like today? The twelve essays in t ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 28th 2014 by IVP Academic
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
There is strength in statements here like “Jesus is Lord” is the starting point for Christian political engagement (Hauerwas). The challenge is how to go from that seemingly clear and universal starting point for Christians to the many contexts where churches globally are not in solidarity and reflect the lives and interests of different communities. Note: of the 12 authors in the volume, 10 are men and 11 are American.

Another helpful starting point would be to acknowledge our churches/universit
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
We were once told by a friend that she would not consider joining our church because it would mean she would have to change her political affiliation. Thankfully, if that ever was true, it is no longer. Yet when some hear the phrase “Christian political witness” it conjures up ideas of church support of a particular political agenda of one of the major political parties or an effort to gain political leverage to impose an agenda on a dissenting public. For many, that is alienating and smacks of ...more
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Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith, justice, politics, 2014
An Anabaptist, a Presbyterian, and an Anglican walk into a bar…

Okay, wait, let’s start over. Every year, Wheaton College hosts a theology conference. This year, it was on Pentecostalism and the Holy Spirit, and in 2015 it will be on “The Image of God in an Image Driven Age.”

As I noted last year, while armchair theologians like me might not be able to justify making the evangelical hajj to Wheaton for the annual event, InterVarsity Press does its part to loop us in by publishing a compilation vol
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will be percolating on this for some time. Very readable chapters by some of the best Christian minds on this subject. Short and comprehensible. Repentance-Inducing. Very USA centric except for last chapter by the late Anglican archbishop of Kenya.
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George Kalantzis (PhD, Northwestern University) is professor of theology and director of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College. He is the author of Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service and Theodore of Mopsuestia: Commentary on the Gospel of John, and he is the coeditor of Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal; ...more

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