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Public Faith in Action

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Public Faith in Action

How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity
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This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated political issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries.
This nonpartisan handbook offers Christians practical guidance for thinking through complicated political issues and faithfully following Jesus as citizens of their countries.
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  • Miroslav Volf (DrTheol, University of Tübingen) is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture in New Haven, Connecticut. He has written more than fifteen books, including A Public Faith, Exclusion and Embrace (winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion and selected among the one hundred best religious books of the twentieth century by Christianity Today), After Our Likeness, and The End of Memory.
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  • Contents
    Introduction
    Part 1: Commitments
    1. Christ the Center and Norm
    2. Christ, the Spirit, and Flourishing
    3. Reading in Contexts
    Part 2: Convictions
    4. Wealth
    5. The Environment
    6. Education
    7. Work and Rest
    8. Poverty
    9. Borrowing and Lending
    10. Marriage and Family
    11. New Life
    12. Health and Sickness
    13. Aging Life
    14. Ending Life
    15. Migration
    16. Policing
    17. Punishment
    18. War
    19. Torture
    20. Freedom of Religion (and Irreligion)
    Part 3: Character
    21. Courage
    22. Humility
    23. Justice
    24. Respect
    25. Compassion
    Afterword
    Index
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 23, 2016
    Mixing faith and politics can be tricky, but Volf, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and McAnnally-Linz, an associate research scholar there, have assembled a helpful, concisely written guide to help Christians through this election season. Working on the premise that Christian faith must naturally spill over into public discussion, they offer insight into making informed decisions around candidates and political issues. Aptly subtitled, the book asks readers to consider issues from a biblical perspective and then to take action in a courageous but respectful and humble manner, working to influence society while representing Christ well. Political hot potatoes such as immigration, debt, same-sex marriage, abortion, and affordable health care are explored. The authors draw conclusions without pushing an agenda and suggest that moral issues don't always have to trump the law. Christians, for example, can be in favor of a law that grants equal right and protections for all people marrying while maintaining traditional biblical beliefs that oppose same-sex marriage on moral grounds. For readers who don't agree with their conclusions, they offer "Room for Debate" sections with questions for reflection as well as additional resources for deeper study. The book, which got its start in posts on Facebook, is a must-read for anyone contemplating debating the issues during this election cycle, and especially those who want to do what is right without being "unfriended" along the way.

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