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Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century Paperback

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439141
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…a complex, provocative, paradigm-shifting book…It was the kind of reading experience I can best describe as my 'Slow! Wow!' one, in that I'd read a few pages, have my mind blown by the implications of some of what Schultz was saying, put the book down to think for a few minutes, then pick it up again."—Susan Gardner, Daily Kos

About the Author

Daniel Schultz is a pastor in the United Church of Christ and the co-founder of the blog Street Prophets (, where he writes as "pastordan." He has contributed to many online sites and publications, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He lives in rural Wisconsin.

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Schultz opens his book with a uncompromising statement of the problem: "What the Religious Left is doing is not working." Few contemporary religious liberal proposals are that honest about where we are. Whether or not Schultz's proposal is a solution or part of the problem remains to be seen, but his forthright statement of where we stand is necessary for the reckoning with how marginalized religious liberal activism is that must precede any revitalization.

Schultz translates the theological insights of the biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann into guidelines for ethical and political action. He addresses questions of abortion, the financial crisis, consumerism and technological society, and militarism and torture. Solidly in the mainstream Protestant tradition, it does not address questions of religious pluralism (despite the fact that Schultz had a religiously pluralist blog for years), but its central image of "script" rather than "symbol" shows it to be attuned to new directions in contemporary culture, rather than simply rehashing the achievements of earlier generations. I found the book helped me understand some tensions between contemporary mainstream Protestantism and liberal activism better than anything else I've come across lately.
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In Changing the Script, Daniel Schultz attempts to formulate a progressive political theology to unite the Religious Left. In an effort to replace the diverse political theologies that have been ineffectively leveraged on behalf of progressive Christians in recent years, he builds a case for a new theology that is "consistent with broadly progressive values, yet incisive enough that it is able to establish clear responsibility for living up to those values" (p.14). The new political theology relies heavily upon the work of the renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann. While the premise of working through Brueggemann's four scripts (the therapeutic, technological, consumerist, and militarist) that exercise unseen power in our society provides the framework for the book, unfortunately none are developed as fully or richly as one might anticipate. More to the point, Schultz spends considerable time setting the stage by providing background data on issues most readers know well (including abortion and torture) and relies far too heavily on Brueggemann (if I had a digital copy of the book, I would do a search for Brueggemann as I suspect his name is mentioned well over 100 times) and too lightly on other sources.
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