The Political Meaning of Christianity: An Interpretation

Glenn Tinder, Author Louisiana State University Press $32.5 (257p) ISBN 978-0-8071-1510-7
In a highly personal exposition of Christian faith and its political relevance, political scientist Tinder urges Christians to take a ``prophetic stance.'' This involves a questioning attitude toward all forms of established authority, plus a recognition that ``Christianity in essence is not conservative.'' Tinder, professor at the University of Massachusetts, lambasts liberation theology as ``morally naive''; and is wary of social or political reforms that aim at ``equalization'' while neglecting the broader ills of mass society such as the breakdown of community and pervasive alienation. Starting from the premise that humanity is a fallen race, profoundly selfish and destructive, he attempts to chart a course between passive cynicism and revolutionary idealism. His challenging inquiry will stimulate Christians and non-Christians alike. First serial to Atlantic. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
Paperback - 257 pages - 978-0-06-250893-5
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