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With issues like abortion, gay marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, and "intelligent design" dominating election campaigns, it often seems that the far religious right has defined the social agenda in American public life. In Middle Church, the Rev. Bob Edgar vigorously refutes the idea that the right wing has a monopoly on matters of faith and values. On the contrary, he says, by focusing on "personal piety" issues such as gay rights and abortion, the extreme right views morality too narrowly-and ignores more important issues such as poverty, the environment, health care, and war and peace.
"Middle Church" is the vast majority of American faithful to whom these larger social issues matter, and in this book Bob Edgar urges a national political agenda that addresses these vital concerns. Passionate and thought provoking, Middle Church is a call for Americans of all faiths to join together on the moral issues that matter most.
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0743289498 ISBN13 9780743289498
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More About Bob Edgar
Bob Edgar is the general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the leading U.S. organization in the movement for Christian unity. He has headed the 45-million-member NCC since January 1, 2000. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Edgar came to the Council from the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California, where he was president from 1990 to 2000. Dr. Edgar is well known for his service as a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was the first Democrat in more than 120 years to be elected from the heavily Republican Seventh District of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edgar has been a pastor, teacher, college chaplain, community organizer, and director of a think tank on national security issues. He serves on the boards of several organizations whose missions involve social justice. Dr. Edgar and his wife live in New Jersey and have three adult sons.
Bob Edgar currently resides in Sausalito, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Middle Church: Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right?
Great Book for Groups Feb 16, 2008
We are using this book for a study group and it provides for great discussions of todays current issues. It is a very balanced approach to religion in today's society.
A man of conviction Feb 25, 2007
I have personally known Bob Edgar as a candidate, congressman, speaker, and religious leader. He has come to each facet with dedication and abundant energy--a 'can do' spirit. Today we of the middle church are quite akin to the new testament Church of Laodicea. (Rev. 3:14-22) God's assessment of this church: "You are neither hot nor cold....and I will spit you out of my mouth." Although Bob and I don't always agree, (when two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary) I appreciate him holding up a mirror for us to see ourselves, and hopefully do something about it.
Middle Church Reclaiming the Moral Values of the Faithful Majority from the Religious Right Jan 10, 2007
As a moderate Christian I have many concerns about the hubris of the Religious right, but also have many concerns about the religious left. That said: I found that Bob Edgar raises many issues that point to the apathy of the Christian middle. I was hoping for more concrete ways of "reclaiming" the Church. I found this lacking, but suppose that the onus for reclaiming lies with the reader. While the author identifies himself as liberal I believe that he fails to realize that the middle Church is "middle"...that is liberal on some issues and conservative on others. I think that perhaps The Rev. Edgar is more liberal than he knows, therefore the book is not objective enough for my liking.
Politics and Piety: Peace, Poverty, and Pollution Prevention Dec 22, 2006
Bob Edgar makes a compelling argument that people of faith in the middle of the road churches, synagogues, and mosques have the power to make important changes to our body politic. By sitting back and not acting, the members of these bodies have not prevented war, poverty, or pollution. Edgar's treatise is a call to action for this important group. He draws well on his experiences as a local pastor, campus chaplain, Member of Congress, Seminary President, and head of the National Council of Churches. Unlike many books by Members of Congress or seminary presidents, it is readable and inspiring, not just a "look at what I did or look at how much I know" book. I am giving my pastor and many of my church friends copies as Christmas gifts. Edgar is prompting us all to do a better job of being "church". If only he had not titled it: Middle Church.
The Middle Church Nov 9, 2006
This should be required reading for all persons of faith whether they belong to Middle Church, Middle Synagogue or Middle Mosque. The author states that his purpose is "to awaken the conscience of average, ordinary, common folds within in the United States to do above-average, extraordinary, and uncommon things." Bob Edgar recognizes that we may differ on questions of personal piety but affirms we need to come together to reclaim our faith and restore it to a "force for justice, peace, the poor, and the health of our fragile planet." I urge you to read this book and then to join with others to put our faith into action.