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Big Christianity: What's Right with the Religious Left [Paperback]

By Jan G. Linn (Author)
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In recent years, argues the author, religious and political dialogue in the United States has been hijacked by the so-called religious right, a coalition of conservative Christian leaders who purport to speak for all Christians but whose politicized brand of Christianity excludes many and falls short of the true gospel message. Jan Linn argues for a bigger Christianity, one big enough to embrace all of God's people with a message of inclusion and acceptance. In his passionate argument, Linn recovers the prophetic voice of a faith that cannot be reduced to a single nation, race, or class and echoes a call for justice, integrity, and deep faithfulness in the political landscape of contemporary America.

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In recent years, Jan Linn says, religious and political dialogue in the United States has been hijacked by the so-called religious right, a coalition of conservative Christian leaders who purport to speak for all Christians but whose politicized brand of Christianity excludes many and falls short of the true gospel message. Linn argues for a bigger Christianity, one big enough to embrace all of God's people with a message of inclusion and acceptance.

In his passionate argument, Linn recovers the prophetic voice of a faith that cannot be reduced to a single nation, race, or class and echoes a call for justice, integrity, and deep faithfulness in the political landscape of contemporary America.

From Publishers Weekly
A blend of social commentary, biblical reflection, statement of faith and polemic, this feisty broadside is as much a defiant response to the recent dominance of conservative Christians in the political arena as it is an apologia for "liberal Christianity." Formerly a professor at Lexington Theological Seminary, Linn, who describes himself as a "recovering fundamentalist," is the author of What's Wrong with the Christian Right and How to Be an Open-Minded Christian Without Losing Your Faith. Again and again, he contrasts the perceived deficiencies of conservative Christianity with the regenerative power of his optimistic creed. Some of the basics of Linn's "liberal Christianity" include an embrace of religious pluralism, a rejection of a creed-based faith and a strong defense of the separation of church and state. Comparing "bigger Christianity" with the "small" worldview of those he terms fundamentalists, Linn argues that his communitarian vision is based on being "on the journey" with Jesus rather than worrying so much about the destination. Liberal readers who have long felt sidelined in the culture wars may forgive his tendency to make broad and sometimes incorrect generalizations about the Christian right and a lack of clarity about what makes his vision of a Christian left distinctively Christian, rather than distinctively left. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Big Christianity: What's Right with the Religious Left by Jan G. Linn has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 04/24/2006 page 58


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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.37"
Weight:   0.48 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664230156  
ISBN13  9780664230159  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jan Linn is co-pastor of Spirit of Joy Christian Church, Apple Valley, Minnesota. He is the author of several books from Chalice Press, including How to Be an Open-minded Christian without Losing Your Faith, Rocking the Church Membership Boat, The Jesus Connection, and Reclaiming Evangelism.

Jan G. Linn currently resides in the state of Minnesota.

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God is not a conservative fundamentalist Republican!  Jan 29, 2007
This book, by Dr. Jan Linn, is an eye opening book that addresses the need for all Christians to worship God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit without the religious and political entanglements that the fundamentalist conservative Christian right has built around its belief system. Dr. Linn goes to great lengths to point out that God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are not the exclusive property of any religious or political group, and that the most important aspect of Christianity is to love God, and love all our neighbors, not just the neighbors that are approved by the conservative right wing of the Republican party or the fundamentalist Christian right. Dr. Linn points out that it is not enough to simply believe in Jesus. Jesus calls each of us to be His followers, and Dr. Linn speaks vividly to his readers about what "following" Jesus means for each of us. In so doing, Dr. Linn invites each Christian to know that there is true Christian life outside of the narrow walls that make up the selective beliefs of the Christian right. Read on, Christians: this is a great book that should be read by everyone!
 

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