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Overview Remaining passive under the guise of the separation of church and state and being subsumed in the media by the vocal conservative church, mainline Christians have allowed an inaccurate view of where the majority of Christians stand to dominate popular understanding. Here, members of the grassroots organization Progressive Christians Uniting implore Christian churches to take a more active role in addressing contemporary social problems, maintaining that religion is an important factor in their solutions. Issues examined include food security and the ever expanding world population, the welfare system, civil and human rights, the war on drugs, abortion, immigration, and the destruction of ecosystems. Progressive Christians Uniting is an ecumenical Christian organization headquartered in Southern California that promotes activism that is faith motivated and well informed on the complex, compelling issues of our time.
In this earnest discussion, revolutionary theologian John Cobb Jr. implores Christian churches to take a more active role in the solution of contemporary issues such as food security and the ever-expanding world population, the welfare system, civil and human rights, the war on drugs, abortion, immigration, and the destruction of ecosystems.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.09" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664225896 ISBN13 9780664225896
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More About Cobb
Nancy Cobb and Connie Grigsby are popular speakers and the hosts of a weekly radio program called "Lifewalk." They have co-authored three books, including the best-selling "How to Get Your Husband to Talk to You. "Cobb and Grigsby have been guests on "The 700 Club "and have made ten appearances on "Family Life Today "with Dennis Rainey and nine appearances on" Revive Our Hearts" with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. They live with their families in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Yes, a different voice Jan 27, 2008
Wow, was I surprised by this book! I thought it would have useful information and thought-provoking conclusions. Instead, I find a mass of half-truths and, at best, hyperbole. The book is nothing more than sensationalism. There is little data, few references, and little understanding of the truth. When a "fact" is presented, there are no references to back it up, and upon checking, it is too often found to be in error or only part of the story. I checked several of the "facts" presented, and I believe this book will serve me better in the trash than continue to waste my time. How can I talk with my friends about my positions based on this data? Anyone working from this text will be quickly embarrassed by real data that Google will be quick to retrieve.
Another thing I found amazing is the extreme lack of Bible references. I would have expected the positions taken here to be with respect to God's. Instead, there is nothing Christian about this book at all -- it is simply a collection of man-centric reasonings and calculations. I believe that I am not alone, as a Progressive Christian, to read a book like this and come away feeling that something is missing. As a Progressive, I want to see facts; as a Christian, I want to see God. In this title, I found little of either.
I suppose this book will appeal to those who don't care about facts, but are already so convinced about what they know that facts are no longer necessary. As a cheerleader, the author does well to rally the troops. The language is forceful and authoritative. It is a good book to reinforce what one believes, but not good if you want to learn anything or be changed by the experience. I strongly suggest that anyone considering this book take a moment to look at the SearchInside feature this site has provided and see for yourself what kind of book this is. I wish I had.
Authoritative and well informed - A terrific resource Mar 10, 2006
This is a great resource. I wasn't sure if I was a true progressive, but I knew I appreciated fact based opinion. This book provides a well informed factual basis for so many of the items identified with progressive Christianity. R Cobb is brilliant and voices he's chosen to the following topics are well chosen. The titles include Religion and Public Schools, Basic rights of Children, Abortion, Human and civil rights, Homosexuality, Social Security, The Penal System, War on Drugs, Immigration, Corporations, Sweatshops, Globalization, Debt, Environmentalism, Food Security, and Global Population. This book is everything a good liberal arts education should be. It is extremely well written and brilliant in it's insight and scope.
The moral basis for the progressive agenda Jun 23, 2003
This book provides a great resource for progressives who want to learn the moral underpinnings for their point of view. This is done on a whole wealth of issues such as globalization, abortion, the environment and gay rights among many others. If you are a christian and a progressive and want to stand up to the "religious right", then I recommend this book!