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What would it look like for Christians to go beyond thoughts and prayers in their response to gun violence?
The gun debate is raging in America. Mass shootings in El Paso, the Tree of Life Synagogue, Stoneman Douglas High School, Las Vegas, Pulse Nightclub, and Sandy Hook Elementary demand action. Senseless acts of gun violence—some involving police (e.g., Michael Brown) and some not (e.g., Trayvon Martin)—spark controversy about the right to own a gun. Yet many still regard gun ownership and use as an essential part of what it means to be an American.
How should Christians think and act concerning guns and gun ownership? God and Guns in America provides a thoughtful, measured, robust, and articulate biblical treatment of an issue that is too often treated with more heat than light. Ethicist Michael Austin ultimately defends the view—from a Christian but non-pacifist perspective—that (1) the right to own and use a gun is a conditional right, (2) using a gun to harm another person is only morally permissible as a last resort, and (3) more legal restrictions are needed in the United States.
Austin’s book is for anyone who wants to consider the issue of guns in America from a Christian perspective—whether they are gun owners themselves or not.
|Title: God and Guns in America|
By: Michael W. Austin
Number of Pages: 216
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW876430
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"Austins sound arguments, welcoming tone, and emphasis on building peace alongside protections of individual rights have the potential to sway Christians on both sides of the discourse around faith and firearms."
"With insight, brilliance, and conviction, Austin shows us how to match what the Bible, the evidence, and Christian discernment say about God and guns in America with corresponding actions we can undertake to reduce the dangers and suffering that so often attend them."
from the foreword
"Michael Austin exposes the economic forces that have driven Americas gun culture since the end of the Civil War and challenges Christians to be peacebuilders in a violent world, offering a way forward in making it harder for us to harm one another with guns."
Rev. Deanna Hollas
Minister of Gun Violence Prevention, Presbyterian Church (USA)
"God and Guns in America is required reading for any follower of Jesus interested in the gun debate. Austin advocates a third way between pacifism and the just war notions of the use of violence, which he calls peacebuilding. A fine work of theological integration around one of our cultures most vexing issues."
Scott B. Rae
"This is an important bookcomprehensive yet concise, well researched yet accessible, with a balanced treatment of the theological, ethical, and legal issues related to guns."
David P. Gushee
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