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The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life

(Ordinary Theology)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  13 reviews
What might it mean for public and political life to be understood as an important dimension of following Jesus?  As a part of Zondervan’s Ordinary Theology series, Vincent E. Bacote’s The Political Disciple addresses this question by considering not only whether Christians have (or need) permission to engage the public square, but also what it means to reflect Christlikene ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Zondervan
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Laura W
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good little book!

I appreciated what this book does in so few pages. Discusses why and how Christians can impact our world in ways that honor God and all those made in His image!

A great introduction or beginning of a very important discussion...
Andy Littleton
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great on-ramp to non-fundamentalist yet deeply Christian political thinking. If you are looking for practical applications or in-depth theological political theory you won’t find it here, but if you’re looking to take a first step that can lead you toward deeper reflection, this little book may be the perfect place to start.
Katie Hardy
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great intro to political theology. Super accessible, but still thought-provoking.
Samuel Kassing
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a primer that covers some of the basics that Christians need to be aware of as they engage in the public sphere. A short accessible read. I'd recommend it to almost anyone.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this short book (88 pages) very much. Bacote is a very articulate, passionate, clear, and level-headed writer. His insights about the possibilities and challenges for disciples of Christ in public arenas is very thoughtful and engaging. I would recommend this book for every disciple of Christ--and even people from other religious worldviews. Most people are familiar with Edmund Burke's famous warning that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and wome ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful little primer into the intersection of Christian Faith and politics. The most valuable section begins on page 59 with the questions, "What does it mean to pursue holiness in a way that extends to and permeates the public dimension of our faith? What public posture emerges from taking holiness seriously?"

It is totally possible to read this whole book in one or two sittings - and well worth the effort!
Stephen Matlock
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My goodness this is a good book

My pastor gave me this to read as the basis for a study we're planning, and I consumed it in an hour. It is deceptively short and simply written, which engages you immediately and then takes you through the spiritual journey to ask the questions "What does it mean to believe and follow Jesus in the physical, emotional, political, economic, social, relational, and even spiritual world that exists around us? Where do we interface, where do we pull back? Where do we p
Michael Nichols
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This brief book is an accessible introduction to a reformed/neo-kuyperian political theology. It's well written, and any lay person thinking about politics and Christianity could learn from it. Argument wise, I have deep reservations about the progression. Bacote starts with the chapter, "Permission: Can We Go Out in Public?" He then uses the general revelation (rather than the full Gospel) to justify public witness. I find this an eminently problematic approach to political theology - a moves t ...more
Short and simple, the case is made clearly and concisely that Christians should be involved in the political process in order to see positive changes in society. I’d recommend it to all Christians and encourage them to vote!
Carolyn O'Connor
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Challenging to my faith. Causing me to ask myself “how does my faith cause me to live publicly?”
David Goetz
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Helpful introduction to a theology of public life organized around questions of Permission (can/should Christians go out in public?), Perspective (what's the relationship/order of our various loyalties?), Posture (what does holiness have to do with our public life?), and Perseverance (how do we stay in the game?). In short, Gen. 2 and the doctrine of common grace summon us to public responsibility as faithful stewards; allegiance to the Triune God comes first and all other loyalties are subsidia ...more
Edward Bryant
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Bacote's book is a wonderful succinct read and a very encouraging admonition for followers of Christ to engage with culture, not only politics. Full disclosure, Vince is a good friend and when I read this book, I had many remembrances of our conversations about these issues, when both of us were wrestling with "what does it mean to be a disciple of Christ." I really appreciated Vince's pastoral admonishment to believers to feel fully commissioned to enter fully into the world, with the hope ...more
John Lussier
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Bacote considers what it might mean to be a political disciple of Christianity. What should our posture be? What's the basis of politics? How should we act in the political sphere? Don't expect a thorough treatment, but the introduction of a number of interesting ideas. A black Kuyperian theologian? WOAH!
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Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL.

He is a regular columnist for Comment Magazine and contributes to other magazines, including Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian and re:generation quarterly, and journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Jo

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