New books on Christian faith and politics AND a free book offer

I hope you had the chance to visit our monthly column last month over at that part of the website.  I explore four  recent books on Christian politics, and how a balanced, Biblical agenda might shape the common good.  As you might guess, we described the new Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening (which is very much a sequel to his best-selling God’s Politics) and we celebrated the very thorough, and quite excellent new book by Ronald Sider, The Scandal of Evangelical Politics (the scandal being, that most evangelical political work hasn’t been adequately Biblical or all that evangelical.) I told about the excellent new book by Steve Monsma, Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy.  And, perhaps most importantly, I review the very, very insightful work by Os Guinness, The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It.

case for civility.jpgThis new Os Guinness book offers something that these other three do not, but without which none of them will leave much of a legacy, and that is the serious (if eloquent) reminder to respect our American first amendment, recapture the genius of the Founder’s balanced approach to religion and law, and to ever and always remain peaceable people, civil and fair, even in the most robust of public debate.  The first books are exciting explications of various aspects of Christian views on contemporary public life and how our citizenship can be shaped by the values and practices, principles and positions, of a Scripturally-based worldview.  Guinness, though, insists that we back up and shape and share these views in a manner that is in keeping with the best impulses of the American experiment (freedom for and from religion, for instance, pluralism without capitulation to relativism and such.)  More importantly, he calls us who are people of faith to work in ways that are in keeping with the graciousness of Christ Himself.  Please read my mini-reviews of these stellar books;  we are very, very impressed with them all.

justice rights and wrongs.jpgNone of these are really academic, but here is one that is.  Here is a quick announcement that a major Christian philosopher has released his major, long-awaited work on the theories of justice.  I refer to the Princeton University Press release, Justice: Rights and Wrongs by the impeccable and impressive Nicholas Wolterstorff. At $39.50 you may want to check it out of your local library—I know I will—but some of you should own it.  We are happy to stock it here, of course, and ask you to tell anyone you know who happens to be interested in deep and deeply Christian political philosophy (maybe they can order it from us, a just thing to do, I’d say, rather than going through the faceless carts at you-know-where.)  Aquinas/natural law scholar Jean Porter of University of Notre Dame writes, Justice is “the work of a first-rate philosopher at the top of his game” which “sets forth a distinctive and challenging theory of justice formulated in explicitly scriptural and Christian terms.”  She continues, “Not only does this book reflect the clarity and acuity of thought that characterize Wolterstorff’s work, it also reflects the humane sensibilities of someone who has thought and felt deeply about these matters for a long time.”

Here’s a blog special:  You may recall that our friends at *cino/catapult, Rob & Kirstin VanderDo Justice cover.jpg Giessen-Reitsma, have published what they call a “road journal,” a lovely small paperback with stories and testimonies, book lists and film reviews, which serves as a guided tour into the journey of justice.  (*cino publishes these from time to time; the next one forthcoming will be on food issues.)  Here’s the deal: buy any of the books just mentioned and we will give you a free copy of *cino’s Do Justice: A Social Justice Road Map (a $7.50 value.) 

New insight.  Free book.  Sounds like more than justice to me.

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5 thoughts on “New books on Christian faith and politics AND a free book offer

  1. Yeah, likely, what are the chances of a library anywhere near me carrying Wolterstorff’s work? And you had to make the Princeton connection, too, knowing my weakness for anything that comes out of there? One of these days, mark my words, I’ll get into that one too!

  2. Oh yeah, not many ordinary libraries, but you know about inter-library loan? We use it sometimes, and it easily gets books from any library anywhere. Amazing, really. And who knows, since it is on the Princeton University Press (not the seminary) some college libraries may actually have it.

  3. Sometimes you can work to get college libraries to order things. This might not be particularly helpful, but I have on occasion tried to “mention/recommend” some pricey scholarly works to a professor in the hope that they will order the book for the library. At least at my college, it seems like professors can order a certain number of books at relative ease.
    That said, the Wolterstorff book is tempting. I didn’t know he was coming out with this, just like I didn’t know until earlier today that Rowan Williams is coming out with a book on Dostoevsky at the end of the summer. I’m going to have to wait on this for now, but I will definitely be looking to revisit this book soon.

  4. Wow, what a reading list. If you could only recommend 6 books for the entire year what would they be?
    I liked your selection of Pierce Pettis as one of your favorite musicians. I first heard him on a Windham Hill sampler performing “Legacy.”
    Your site proves a useful refresher on writing book reviews. I’m working on one now for my blog.
    I linked here from John Shore’s site by the way.
    Hope to drive up to see ya’ll from Sterling, Va.,

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