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Many people equate evangelical Christianity with conservatism in religion, politics, theology and social attitudes. Some are scandalized by any separation between them. As one evangelical pastor's wife declared to a church group "We are a conservative people!" In fact, however, evangelicals have not always been conservative; radical stances on doctrines, worship, social norms, politics and church leadership have often marked evangelicalism in the past. The 2007 movie Amazing Grace about William Wilberforce's protracted battle against the slave trade featured a small group of British evangelicals committed to abolition. The same radicalism characterized much of American evangelicalism in the years before the Civil War. In recent years the American media have portrayed the evangelical movement as a conservative force in society sometimes equating it with fundamentalism and puritanism. The missing piece of the story is, however, that both fundamentalism and puritanism contained radical elements that opposed the status quo. This book sets forth evidence that the link between evangelicalism and conservatism has not always been as strong as it is today in the popular mind and it will provide suggestions for contemporary evangelicals who want to remain evangelical (and not become "post-evangelical") without identifying with conservatism in every way.

Author Bio

Roger E. Olson (PhD, Rice University) is professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Questions to All Your Answers: The Journey from Folk Religion to Examined Faith, Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology, and How to Be Evangelical without Being Conservative.

 

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  1. Lynchburg VA
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    absolutely worth the read!
    September 4, 2012
    Debbie
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    I wasn't real sure of what I was going to read because of the title. However, the views held by the author is the same that I have had for a long time. I hope that all who believe in Christ and claim "Christianity" will read this book and realize that there is much more to one's "faith" then toting the moniker "Christian". One's walk needs to be identical to one's talk.
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    Pastor Jay
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    Thought provoking book. Well worth your time. Olson balances many important issues in this work. He raises some sincere questions which any disciple of Christ should reflect on. He is clearly evangelical while recognizing the complexity of what that really means.
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    Sarah
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    This book has been excellent. It addressed many of the struggles I've had with the American notion of Christianity, that much of its identity is rooted in outward traditions rather than on the truth of God's Word. Olson points out many of these, challenging our cultural notions on moralism vs. character, patriotism vs. nationalism, high view of Scripture vs. literalism, social concern vs. socialism. Our blind acceptance of these is undermining our credibility with the very outsiders we want to draw into the Kingdom of God, and making us look like just another judgmental group jockeying for political/social power, instead of those fueled by the power of grace.

    And yet, Olson holds to the Truth: that Jesus, is the only way to God, that Scripture is God's inspired Word, and that we are called to be transformed by God, not conformed to the world.

    Read it. Just know that your presuppositions will be challenged.
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