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Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics [Hardcover]

By Adam Hamilton (Author)
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Examines the current cultural and political wars within society and advocates for a revitalized Christianity that can see truths in both sides and find new ways of looking at such controversial issues as abortion, homosexuality, and the Iraq War.

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Everyone agrees that America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. No one agrees on what to do about it.

One solution that hasn t yet been tried, says Adam Hamilton, is for thinking persons of faith to model for the rest of the country a richer, more thoughtful conversation on the political, moral, and religious issues that divide us. Hamilton rejects the easy assumptions and sloppy analysis of black and white thinking, seeking instead the truth that resides on all sides of the issues, and offering a faithful and compassionate way forward.

He writes, "I don't expect you to agree with everything I've written. I expect that in the future even I won't agree with everything I've written here. The point is not to get you to agree with me, but to encourage you to think about what you believe. In the end I will be inviting those of you who find this book resonates with what you feel is true, to join the movement to pursue a middle way between the left and the right - to make your voices heard - and to model for our nation and for the church, how we can listen, learn, see truth as multi-sided, and love those with whom we disagree."

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Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White - DVD
UPC: 843504001902
A five-session video resource featuring Adam Hamilton teaching these concepts on DVD for group or individual study. Includes leader's guide as well as bonus video.
Click below to view a preview of each video session.
Where Faith and Politics Meet
Christ Christians and the Culture Wars
How should we live, The Ethics of Jesus
Spiritual Maturity and Seeing Gray
What Would Jesus Say to America?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   246
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 5.75" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687649692  
ISBN13  9780687649693  

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More About Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and PBS s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly identified him as one of the top Ten People to Watch. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winningauthor of Why? Making Sense of God's Will, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get It Wrong, Confronting the Controversies, Making Love Last a Lifetime, Unleashing the Word, Leading Beyond the Walls, Selling Swimsuits in the Arctic, Christianity and World Religions, Christianity's Family Tree and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Adam Hamilton currently resides in Leawood, in the state of Kansas. Adam Hamilton was born in 1964.

Adam Hamilton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon Press & the Church of the Resurrection Ministry Gui
  2. Call
  3. John

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With substance  May 20, 2010
I am not an American so I dont know much about the conflicts between the liberals and the conservatives portraited in the book. However, I do appreciate the good writing and the words of wisdom of the author. A great read for all Christians who do not think that they already possess the perfect truth and know God more than anybody else. Recommended!

p.s. I strongly suggest people who like this book to read "What's so amazing about grace?" by Philip Yancey. They are of the same genre. Meanwhile, below please find some of my favorite passages for your reference.

Yet if "conservative" means holding on to what is good from the past, and being cautious in embracing change simply for the sake of change, then mark me conservative! If being conservative within the Christian community means retaining the historic doctrines of the Christian faith as articulated in the creeds, then I am conservative.....if liberal means holding to the absolute right of individuals to do whatever they choose, or if conservative means simply seeking to maintain the status quo, I could not be defined as either liberal or conservative! pg6
Among the struggles we have as human beings is our tendency to "major in the minors"....We cant see the forest for the trees. We win the battle and lose the war. We struggle to keep the main thing the main thing. We make a mountain out of a molehill. While this is a universal affliction of all human beings, religious people excel at it. pg9
But the hope for the future of Christianity will be found, in part, in our willingness to accept that no one of us has all of the truth. We must be able to see the value in another's position, practice and doctrine. pg13
One of the hallmarks of our tendency to sin is that we feel the need to criticize, we take pleasure in gossiping, and we feel qualified to make judgements, often with very little information. pg20
In many ways the evidence of our faith is found in our ability to control our tongue (or our keyboard). pg23
It aint those parts of the Bible that I cant understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand. - Mark Twain pg59

Too far out  May 18, 2010
I did not enjoy this book at all. It is hard to believe that this man is a Methodist Pastor!
Seeing Gray - Seeing Both Sides  Feb 24, 2010
Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White: Thoughts on Religion, Morality, and Politics

Hamilton does and excellent job of presenting all major views for many issues everyone is chanlleged by today. It is q quick read but will be something you will think about for a while.
Where Is the Middle?  Oct 16, 2009
Another great,thought provoking book by Adam Hamilton. Using it with a study and I have had good responses so far.
Seeing Gray book review  Jun 27, 2009
Excellent study on several of today's hot topics. Thought provoking and sound basis for its discussions. Best if used with the instructional video and study handouts.

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