Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship

Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship

by Diana Butler Bass

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Drawing on her personal experience and knowledge of religious history, Diana Butler Bass ex-amines the contours of the uniquely American relationships between church and state, Christian identity and patriotism, citizenship and congregational life. Broken We Kneel attempts to answer the central question with which so many people are struggling: do Christians owe their deepest allegiance to God or country? In writing both impassioned and historically informed, Bass reflects on current events and political questions that have sharpened the tensions between serious faith and national imperatives. This book incorporates the author's own experience of faith, her voca-tion as a writer and teacher, and her roles as wife, mother, and churchgoer into a larger conver-sation with Christian practice and contemporary political issues. Broken We Kneel is a call to re-member that the core of Christian identity is not always compatible with national political policies. This volume includes a new foreword and reflections on the sixteen years since the publication of the first edition. This second edition of Broken We Kneel includes a powerful new introduction by Rev. Robert W. Lee (author of A Sin By Any Other Name), and new reflections by Diana Butler Bass on the tensions of faith and citizenship, especially regarding race in a post-Charlottesville world. Broken We Kneel is both a lament and a plea for communities of faith to engage important issues. It would make a great group reading book during the upcoming election.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640651029
Publisher: Church Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 331 KB

About the Author

DIANA BUTLER BASS is a popular speaker, retreat leader, and scholar of American religion who lives outside of Washington, D.C. She holds a doctoral degree in religious studies from Duke University and is an award-winning author of several best-selling books, including most recently, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. She has taught at colleges, universities, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia

Table of Contents

Foreword (Jim Wallis).

Introduction: "The Almighty Has His Own Purposes".

1 Broken We Kneel.

2 "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them".

3 "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace".

4 Going to the Chapel.

5 Compassionate Imperialism?

6 Homeland Security.

7 Peace and the City.

Epilogue: An Easter Epiphany.


The Author.

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