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What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ in a world brimming with rapid social change? What do we see when we look at a given political issue, argument, or candidate? What do we wish to see? And what might Christian faith contribute to seeing, interpreting, and acting rightly in this particular moment?
Many of the changes that have arisen over the last few years in the United States--such as the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage--seem to challenge or overturn long-standing Christian teachings, while disputes over issues such as immigration, racism, and the abuse of police authority create uncertainty and confusion about what is a faithful Christian response. In such an environment, it is no small wonder that the dominant mood among many Christians is anxiety about how to be a faithful disciple of Christ.
This is the anxiety that leading Christian ethicist, David P. Gushee seeks to address in A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith in Unsettled Times. In a clear, accessible style, Gushee explores the many social and political changes that evoke Christian anxiety, while offering ways to understand and act on these issues, firmly rooted in the reign of God rather than human fear. Gushee's letter helps the average Christian navigate and make sense of their fears and anxieties regarding the dizzying social changes in American society, demonstrating how faith calls us not to fear, but to hope.
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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David P. Gushee is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. A foremost expert in the field of Christian ethics, he is the author or editor of twenty books, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Changing Our Mind, and Evangelical Ethics. A regular blogger for Religion News Service, Gushee was recently elected to Vice President of the American Academy of Religion and to President of the Society of Christian Ethics. Visit his website at www.davidpgushee.com.
"David Gushee is one of our most searching and important voices for public theology. He defies Christian stereotypes and divisions that have played a part in dividing America in so many other ways. And this book is a road map for discerningly, faithfully claiming the promise and redemption that are possible in this tumultuous national moment."
KRISTA TIPPETT, On Being and The Civil Conversations Project
"David Gushee is among the most important ethicists and theologians of our time. A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith in Unsettled Times is an instant classica short book that persuasively cuts to the core of the most significant issues facing Christians in the United States today. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of our nations most contentious debates, and to all Christians who are seeking to square their feelings about this country with the tenets of their faith."
JIM WALLIS, New York Times best-selling author, president of Sojourners, and editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine
"It is hard in our increasingly polarized society to find a straightforward description of things. This is the great gift of Gushee's book. In a time of heightened anxiety and confusion, Gushee cuts through the divisive language and ideologies that saturate our political context and provides much-needed clarity on the issues we face. His brief but comprehensive reflections serve as a starting point for Christians to find common ground with one another and make a productive contribution to public life."
JENNIFER M. McBRIDE, Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry Programs and Continuing Education and Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary
"David Gushee is one of America's finest public theologians, and this letter to fearful Christians shows why. He analyzes issues with political intelligence and biblical acumen, offering readers a way to move away from fear toward a deeper faithfulness. But what makes this book shine is his heartas each page beats with love for the church, his neighbors, and, yes, even America. The message is simple: things may be changing, but a gracious God is with us. And that is good news indeed."
DIANA BUTLER BASS, author of Grounded: Finding God in the WorldA Spiritual Revolution
"David Gushee is one of the best Christian ethicists alive today. This is his manifesto to America . . . written like a love letter to the empire."
SHANE CLAIBORNE, speaker, activist, and author of Executing Grace
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