Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians

Lee C. Camp. Eerdmans, $19.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-8028-7735-2
In this short, powerful manifesto, Camp (Mere Discipleship), a professor of ethics and theology at Lipscomb University, argues that Christianity has lost its virtuous influence in America by becoming a partisan tool. True Christianity, he says, is a scandalous politic and a shocking belief system that impacts society in practical, tangible ways. Because Christians adhere to the teachings of Jesus, he writes, their beliefs should impact their behavior in a manner beneficial toward their communities. He argues that faith teaches that history has a goal of realizing God’s kingdom, and Christians can either further God’s plan or lose their direction and work against it. The author rejects the idea that America was founded as a Christian nation, and argues that the historical truth that every empire eventually falls should be a reminder to Christians of their global connection to others. Such a perspective should drive the faithful, he believes, to fight to improve America and to also fight for God as the hope of the world. Thoughtful Christians will find this insightful work packed with logical and potentially paradigm-shifting arguments. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 01/15/2020
Release date: 03/01/2020
Genre: Religion
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