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Overview A leader of the new generation of progressive evangelicals reclaims her faith from partisan politics, in this debut book in the acclaimed Does Not Equal series.
"To let the religious right define evangelical...wipes out the memory of real people who lived and fought for just causes and just social policies because of their faith....I refuse to let the religious right confiscate my heritage."-from Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...Or Democrat
A new breed of evangelicals, with a fiery passion for economic justice, racial reconciliation, and care for the environment, has abandoned the religious right.
Lisa Sharon Harper, a rising star in this movement, describes the roots of this political shift, the agents of change driving it, and, in interviews with leaders across the political spectrum, the extent of the evangelical rejection of the right-wing political agenda. In Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...Or Democrat, Harper lays out a manifesto for the new progressive evangelical movement, drawing inspiration from the biblical concepts of shalom and the kingdom of God, as well as from historical predecessors such as William Wilberforce, Sojourner Truth, and John Perkins.
Harper offers a powerful indictment of the religious right, of its role in hijacking evangelical passion and dividing Christians against each other, and-in an agenda that is racist and sexist to the core-of its abandonment of the gospel. She shows how evangelicals, in disengaging from partisan politics, can reclaim their roots and become a new moral voice for the nation.
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Library Journal - 11/15/2008 page 75
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Studio: New Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.86" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher New Press
ISBN 1595584196 ISBN13 9781595584199
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More About Lisa Harper & John M. Perkins
Lisa Harper has been lauded as a gifted communicator with her teaching style mixing sound biblical exposition with personal anecdotes and comedic wit. She was the director of Focus on the Family's national women's ministry for six years where she created the popular Renewing the Heart conferences before becoming the women's ministry director at a large church in Nashville. While she has a Masters of Theological Studies, she claims her greatest achievement was the day she brought her adopted daughter home from Haiti.
Lisa Harper currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Lisa Harper was born in 1963.
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A journey of spiritual discovery Feb 10, 2010
Lisa Harper takes us on her own personal journey towards a more enlightened view of Christianity. Along the way she provides us with an education about how Christianity came to mean different things to different people. Her book puts Jesus back into Christianity.
A very important book Nov 26, 2008
This is an important book. It is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the changing face of evangelicalism in American politics today.
Despite being black, Harper started off in a white evangelical church that took for granted that Christians are Republican. Later, as she became increasingly interested in issues of race and social justice, and became influenced by John Perkins, Ron Sider, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and Tom Skinner, she "crossed the divide" and became a Democrat, while retaining her evangelical identity.
The book could also have been titled "Evangelicalism and Race in America." Harper scathingly indicts the evangelical church's record on racial reconciliation. She quotes Paul Weyrich, an activist for the Religious Right: "What got us going as a political movement was [not Roe v. Wade but] the attempt on the part of the IRS to rescind the tax-exempt status of Bob Jones University because of its racially discriminatory policies." She quotes Bill McCartney, founder of the Promise Keepers movement: "Of the conference participants who had a complaint, nearly 40 percent reacted negatively to the [racial] reconciliation theme. I personally believe it was a major factor in the significant falloff in PK's 1997 attendance---it is simply a hard teaching for many."
Harper is not the first to condemn evangelicals for their blindness on issues of race and social justice, but what makes her book important is that in Harper, a new generation of evangelicals has found its voice. Blogging sites such as GodsPolitics.com and FaithfulDemocrats.com received a massive boost from the Obama campaign. This group of evangelicals is sure to have a profound impact in the years to come.
The book is not without weaknesses. For someone who calls herself "evangelical," she diverges surprisingly far from the basic methodology of evangelical thought, namely the derivation of theology from the grammatico-historical exegesis of the Bible. Instead she relies heavily on catchy concepts like "cultural toolkits" and Perkins's "three R's" (reconciliation, relocation, redistribution). I wonder what Harper would say if you were to accuse her of being blind on the gay rights issue, insisting that she ought to immerse herself in the gay community, in order to add some tools to her cultural toolkit. And what if you went on to press her about gay marriages, insisting that civil unions do not go far enough, just as racial reconciliation does not go far enough if not accompanied by Perkins's two other R's? I suspect that Harper would *not* respond by first turning to the Bible. If so, then evangelicals should certainly be concerned---even those who support gay rights. What kind of "evangelicalism" are we left with, if the instinct of turning to the Bible first is lost? Harper seems dangerously close to falling into the trap of subordinating theological truth to political agenda, the very trap that she claims to be warning us against.
Nevertheless, I repeat that this is an important book. Evangelicals who choose to ignore Harper, instead of engaging her in sustained dialogue on the issues raised in her book, do so at their own peril.
This Book is in the Prophetic Tradition of the Black Church! Oct 20, 2008
This work is timely and in the prophetic tradition of the Black Church. Lisa Sharon Harper dispels myths about Evangelical politics and calls the church back to its true focus. By examining Christian movements from abolition to civil rights to the Promise Keepers Harper exposes the triumphs and mistakes of Evangelical politics. There is a movement among Evangelicals to focus on ending poverty and this work is a must read to understand this movement, especially in light of our historic election where both Obama and Palin have ties to Evangelical Christianity.
A Must Read for those into politics and religion Oct 13, 2008
How and when and should politics and religion cross? This author has blended together her own historic quest for justice with evangelical history and theology. She becomes quite specific with the issue of racial reconcilation and women's issues,which alone are worth the cost of the book. Her words often are harsh...but always grounded in truth, even when some in the church may not be ready to hear it. Almost seventy top leaders of the evangelical church are interviewed. The author's informed and often prophetic voice with the seventy's most current wisdom share hope for where the Church is heading...
Spectacular read! Oct 2, 2008
I highly recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the intersection of faith and politics in America today. This very well written piece of non-fiction faithfully examines American Evangelical worldviews through the lenses of race, socio-economic experience, and historical understanding in an honest and accessible way. Harper's analysis of the development of the Religious Right, the gap between black and white evangelical worldviews, and the use of Biblical and prophetic language to illicit varying political reactions is exceedingly relevant in this unique election year in which religion has again come to the forefront of the public debate.
Anyone who seeks to understand how we got here, how things are changing, and where we're going should definitely read this book.