Thaddeus WilliamsZondervan / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$16.995 out of 5 stars for Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice. View reviews of this product. 8 Reviews
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Gene5 Stars Out Of 5Confronting InjusticeOctober 28, 2021GeneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great balance incorporating a biblical worldview to modern day problems.
Michele5 Stars Out Of 5A call to TruthJanuary 8, 2021MicheleIt's rare to find a book that provokes thought for people from all places along the political spectrum. Without being overbearing, the author brings questions to help draw the reader to consider deeply any preconceived notions about social justice and to examine if personal and collective views line up with God's word. I have found this book to be refreshing and convicting, along with being well written and enjoyable to read. Highly recommend! .
SueCaliforniaAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Biblical PerspectiveJanuary 3, 2021SueCaliforniaAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I was part of this book launch to read a book I probably would not otherwise have read. I am glad I did read it and for the awareness this author brings to the subject. He is an Christian author and he comes from a scriptural view point. He is a professor so he speaks like one. For me, some of it was over my head with terms I am not familiar with but, the jest of his writing is that we should look at all people as Image bearers of God and treat them with that respect. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a Christian perspective on Justice and Truth.
John5 Stars Out Of 5A Reliable Guide on Social Justice IssuesDecember 28, 2020JohnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With the rising demand for social justice in our culture as well as a growing movement within evangelicalism, a debate has been roaring over the compatibility between social justice and biblical Christianity. A result of this clash has been churches and believers in Christ dividing between woke progressives and anti-woke conservatives. Additionally, this controversy has left many more Christians confused over what to believe and how to carry out our social responsibilities in this world.
Thaddeus Williams enters into this foray with his new book Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth. In doing so, he has provided us with an invaluable guide to help us successfully navigate through these difficult issues and come to conclusions faithful to God's Word. Having finished reading Williams' book, it has now become my "go-to" resource for Christians who want to understand social justice. Let me share a few reasons why:
First, the structure and style of his book makes it easy to read. Wrestling over 12 questions invites the reader to enter into a discussion over critical issues related to social justice. Williams also writes in a very conversational manner and avoids a lot of technical words and concepts to bring much-needed clarity to today's discussions.
Second, the testimonies at the end of each chapter are powerful! I read about how the gospel of Jesus Christ changed a white supremacist, a gay man, a woke racist, a Hindu Nepali, a Critical Race Theory advocate, and others. These stories bring alive Williams' conclusions and show how these truths work themselves out in real lives.
Third, Williams rightly compares and contrasts biblical social justice with ideological social justice. He has labelled them Social Justice A and Social Justice B. Now one could argue over using the label "social justice," but I believe Williams wisely avoids controversy while showing the incompatibility of biblical teaching and contemporary calls for social justice. Additionally, he maintains the Scriptural distinction between the law and the gospel to keep Christ central in answering these 12 questions.
Fourth, the seven appendices bring additional help to wrestling over social justice by considering the modern challenges of abortion, racial relations, capitalism and socialism, sexuality, the culture war, fragility and antifragility, and how the gospel helps the poor and oppressed. I am simply amazed that Williams was able to provide so much insight in less than 220 pages!
Finally, and most importantly, Williams rightly handles God's Word when answering the critical questions raised by today's social justice movement. After carefully reading through this work, Christians will be better equipped to respond to the challenges raised today with Scriptural truth. As a result, the author has given us an important apologetic to defend the Christian faith against the pressing issues we face.
If I was to mention any concerns, Williams makes a lot of entertainment references through this book. While it makes his writing easier to read (and I feel as if we have very similar tastes!), I could see one not familiar with a number of movies, music, and books missing the author's point. I also wonder if these references will wind up quickly dating this resource, which will likely need to be revised in order to stay current.
Furthermore, I have some theological questions and potential disagreements with the author. While Williams doesn't directly address the relationship between the church and culture, he seems to advocate a form of transformationalism while I see two kingdoms theology as more faithful to God's Word. And in the appendix "Defining Sexuality," he writes: "Just as God's feelings in traditional theology are expressions of his nature..." Yet traditional theology would uphold God's impassibility and immutability, which leaves me wondering what Williams' means by comparing God's feelings with our feelings.
Nevertheless, I am grateful for Williams' book and will be regularly encouraging Christians to read it as a reliable guide on social justice. May the Lord use this book to help His people love God and love our neighbor by pursuing biblical justice!
Joanne5 Stars Out Of 5Fair, Thoughtful and Truth-filledDecember 23, 2020JoanneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Without a doubt Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice is one of the most thought provoking books dealing with the topic of social justice available. It is well organized based on biblical truth and includes personal accounts that require the reader to seriously consider their own beliefs and attitudes about this issue. If you are looking for a well documented thoughtful look at social justice that in turn will help you to develop a correct response in relationship to the Word of God and His truth then this book will not leave you disappointed.
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