Conservative spokesman, author, and pastor Dr. Joel C. Hunter forges a new path with A New Kind of Conservative. Hunter takes a provocative look at how faith and politics have interacted in America, giving civic-minded people a balanced and biblically-based approach to political involvement. The author speaks as a conservative Christian with traditional biblical stances regarding abortion and homosexuality, but expands it to include other biblical concerns, such as the environment, poverty, justice issues, AIDS, and more. This is not the ideology and rhetoric associated with the extreme religious right, but rather a broader look at politics that the Bible would have us address. Hunter shows how religion and politics do not have to be at odds with one another, and offers the information and motivation needed to take responsible action. Can a biblical worldview effectively mesh with postmodern society and secular government? Should Christians be involved in political action and, if so, how? How can Christians more effectively relate and present their faith in the context of contemporary and political society? Readers, regardless of their beliefs, will find this thoughtful, helpful, and compelling reading.
Joel C. Hunter is senior pastor of Northland, A Distributed Church, in Longwood, Florida. Each weekend, approximately 12,000 people worship together in real time at multiple distributed sites throughout central Florida and at hundreds of smaller sites worldwide via the Internet. Dr. Hunter has become an internationally known spokesperson for compassion issues outlined in Scripture. He has a Bachelor of Science in education (history and government) from Ohio University, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in culture and personality from Christian Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Belhaven College. He serves on the board of directors of six organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals.