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In successive chapters, he takes on not only the "middle class identity politics" of the left, but American exceptionalism, the relationship between conservative Christians and the media, and whether Christians should believe that "the capitalist way is God's way." Sometimes witty,often acerbic, this volume is an exhortation to American Christians to take a more reflective, responsible, less partisan role in the political realm.
Given that it is rather light on theology and has little biblical content, it is more a call to Christian citizenship than a work of scholarship--which might, indeed, be what the author, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, intended in this trenchant meditation.
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.38 (inches)|
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Trueman directs most of his punches to one side or the other. He shames the Left for turning from providing rights and benefits to those who need thema Christian principleto advocating for abortion and gay rights, issues Christians cannot compromise on. He warns the Right not to think reporters toting their agendas on Fox and other stations have the unbiased viewpoints. One criticism he makes of both parties is their emphasis on telling good stories and presenting good-looking faces instead of making good arguments.
The book contains many assumptions and generalizations of its own. Though Trueman writes for an audience who hasnt previously considered his arguments against dogmatism, some of his points and vocabulary might be too obscure for the average voter. He also seems to assume religious conservatives are not or should not be political conservatives. On the issue of nationalized health care and government aid, he skims over the Churchs role of giving aid as described in Acts 4:32-35.
Trueman states the Christian citizens duty is "to read and watch more widely, be as critical of our own favored pundits and narratives as we are of those cherished by our opponents, and seek to be good stewards of the world and of the opportunities therein that God has given to us."
Most readers will disagree with at least one of Trueman's points. They are worth consideration, however, by Christians who are called to be good citizens of any government. Trueman challenges his readers, saying, "Politics in democracy is a whole lot more complicated than either political parties or your pastor tell you it is; treat it as suchlearn about the issues and think for yourself." Alexandra Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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