By Charles Marsh
In Wayward Christian Soldiers, prime evangelical theologian Charles Marsh bargains a strong indictment of the political activism of evangelical Christian leaders and church buildings within the usa. With emphasis on repentance and renewal, this crucial paintings advises Christians the best way to comprehend previous errors and to prevent making them within the future.
Over the prior a number of years, Marsh observes, American evangelicals have accomplished extra political strength than at any time of their background. yet entry and impression have come at a price to their witness on the earth and the integrity in their message. the writer deals a sobering distinction among the modern evangelical elite, which varieties the center of the Republican occasion, and the ancient Christian culture of recognize for the secret of God and appreciation for human fallibility. the writer exhibits that the main famous voices in American evangelicalism have arrogantly redefined Christianity at the foundation of partisan politics instead of scripture and culture. The position of politics in distorting the Christian message should be visible so much dramatically within the invasion of Iraq, he argues: a few 87% of yankee evangelicals supported going to battle, whereas each evangelical church outdoor the us hostile it. The Jesus who storms into Baghdad in the back of the wheel of a Humvee, Marsh issues out, isn't the Jesus of the Gospel. certainly, no longer because the nazification of the German church lower than Hitler has the political misuse of Christianity resulted in such catastrophic international outcomes.
Is there another? This publication proposes that the renewal of yank church buildings calls for a season of targeted realization to faith's crucial affirmations--a time of hospitality, peacemaking, and contemplative prayer. delivering an genuine Christian substitute to the narcissistic piety of well known evangelicalism, Wayward Christian Soldiers represents a different access into the more and more pivotal debate over the function of religion in American politics.
"With Wayward Christian Soldiers, Charles Marsh back exhibits that he's probably the most astute observers of evangelicalism today."
--Jim Wallis, writer of God's Politics
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