Faithful Citizenship: Christianity and Politics for the 21st Century

Faithful Citizenship: Christianity and Politics for the 21st Century

by Greg Garrett

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In an era of nasty political partisanship and vitriolic rhetoric, we might hope that followers of Jesus would stand above the fray. But Christians, by and large, don't distinguish themselves with a gracious politics--they play by the same rules as everyone else. How can believers find a better--a more faithful--citizenship for the 21st century?

Greg Garrett takes up this contentious and combustible issue in "Faithful Citizenship." In his celebrated, highly readable style, Garrett looks to key biblical texts as well as voices from Christian history, including St. Augustine, John Calvin, and America's Founding Fathers. Garrett challenges us to explore our political values and actions and models a more faithful approach to today's complex political world.

Chapters titles:

1. Love God, Love One Another: Toward a Christian Political Ethic
2. The Church and the State: The Two Cities
3. Unchristian Nation: American Christianity and Civil Religion
4. God’s Money, My Money, The Government’s Money?: Taxes, Rights, and Responsibilities
5. How Do We Know What Is Right? Choosing Life and Christian Love


"One of the most searching and honest of Christian writers today."
-- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and author of "Tokens of Trust"

“Greg Garrett is both a gifted writer and a deeply thoughtful follower of Christ. Whenever I read his work, I find a rare and moving mix of honesty—sometimes painful honesty—and tested hope, each made more valuable by the other.”
-- Brian D. McLaren, activist and author of "A New Kind of Christian," "A Generous Orthodoxy," and "Everything Must Change"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014538152
Publisher: Patheos Press
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 353 KB

About the Author

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., is the Austin, Texas-based author of numerous books on faith and culture, including The Other Jesus, One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter, and We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2; of the critically-acclaimed novels Free Bird (named by Publishers Weekly and the Denver Rocky Mountain News as one of the best first novels of 2002), Cycling, and Shame; and of the memoirs Crossing Myself and No Idea.

Greg has been a professional writer since he was 18, when he began his career as a free-lance journalist. Along with his regular writing for Patheos, Greg has written on narrative, culture, religion, and politics for many other print and Web publications, among them The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Poets & Writers, Christianity Today, Reform (UK), Relevant, Ethics Daily, and The Thoughtful Christian.

Greg is Professor of English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he has received university-wide teaching honors from both the administration and the student congress. At Baylor, he teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in creative writing, literature, film, and theology. He serves the Church as Writer in Residence to the priests and pastors in training at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, and is a licensed lay preacher based at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin.

Greg regularly teaches, lectures, and leads workshops and retreats across the United States and overseas. His work has been covered by the New Yorker, New York Times, Christianity Today, Men’s Health, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Commonweal, National Review, Church Times, and many other publications, and he has discussed religion, politics, and culture on National Public Radio, CBS Radio, BBC Radio, BBC Radio Scotland, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Interfaith Voices, and The Bob Edwards Show.

Greg lives in Austin with his family.

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