Big Christianity: What's Right with the Religious Left   -     By: Jan G. Linn
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Big Christianity: What's Right with the Religious Left

Westminster John Knox Press / 2006 / Paperback

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"Christians have a marvelous opportunity to be good news people. We can be a force for peace, justice, and reconciliation in every land. Differences do not have to become divisions. Instead, they can be woven into a tapestry of religious variety that shows the world that God is good and God is great. My hope is that reading this book will contribute to your wanting to join this journey."
-from the Preface

In recent years, argues the author, religious and political dialogue in the United States has been hijacked by the so-called religious right, a coalition of conservative Christian leaders who purport to speak for all Christians but whose politicized brand of Christianity excludes many and falls short of the true gospel message. Jan Linn argues for a bigger Christianity, one big enough to embrace all of God's people with a message of inclusion and acceptance.

In his passionate argument, Linn recovers the prophetic voice of a faith that cannot be reduced to a single nation, race, or class and echoes a call for justice, integrity, and deep faithfulness in the political landscape of contemporary America.

Jan G. Linn is co-pastor of Spirit of Joy Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has served as chaplain at Lynchburg College in Virginia and director of field education at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He is author of more than ten books for clergy and laity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 136
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0664230156
ISBN-13: 9780664230159
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In recent years, Jan Linn says, religious and political dialogue in the United States has been hijacked by the so-called religious right, a coalition of conservative Christian leaders who purport to speak for all Christians but whose politicized brand of Christianity excludes many and falls short of the true gospel message. Linn argues for a bigger Christianity, one big enough to embrace all of God's people with a message of inclusion and acceptance.

In his passionate argument, Linn recovers the prophetic voice of a faith that cannot be reduced to a single nation, race, or class and echoes a call for justice, integrity, and deep faithfulness in the political landscape of contemporary America.

Author Bio

Jan G. Linn is co-Pastor of Spirit of Joy Christian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously he was Chaplain at Lynchburg College in Virginia and Director of Field Education at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. He is the author of more than ten books for laity and clergy.

Publisher's Weekly

A blend of social commentary, biblical reflection, statement of faith and polemic, this feisty broadside is as much a defiant response to the recent dominance of conservative Christians in the political arena as it is an apologia for "liberal Christianity." Formerly a professor at Lexington Theological Seminary, Linn, who describes himself as a "recovering fundamentalist," is the author of What's Wrong with the Christian Right and How to Be an Open-Minded Christian Without Losing Your Faith. Again and again, he contrasts the perceived deficiencies of conservative Christianity with the regenerative power of his optimistic creed. Some of the basics of Linn's "liberal Christianity" include an embrace of religious pluralism, a rejection of a creed-based faith and a strong defense of the separation of church and state. Comparing "bigger Christianity" with the "small" worldview of those he terms fundamentalists, Linn argues that his communitarian vision is based on being "on the journey" with Jesus rather than worrying so much about the destination. Liberal readers who have long felt sidelined in the culture wars may forgive his tendency to make broad and sometimes incorrect generalizations about the Christian right and a lack of clarity about what makes his vision of a Christian left distinctively Christian, rather than distinctively left. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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