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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687045673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687045679
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Hamilton faces difficult issues forthrightly, presents opposing positions understandingly, and offers his own opinions with compassion and humility. -- Lovett H. Weems, Jr. Sait Paul School of Theology

Adam Hamilton's Confronting the Controversies is valuable for pastors, laity, and teachers. -- Joseph L. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Ethics- Perkins School of Theology

This is the sort of solid guidance on hard questions that Christians ought to expect from their pastors and churches. -- Robin W. Lovin, Dean- Perkins School of Theology

From the Publisher

This book is a fair-minded examination of some of the most difficult issues of our time and what a faithful Christian response to them might be.

More About the Author

Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. The Church Report named Hamilton's congregation the most influential mainline church in America, and he preached at the National Prayer Service as part of the presidential inauguration festivities in 2013. Hamilton is the best-selling and award-winning author of The Journey, The Way, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Enough, When Christians Get it Wrong, and Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, all published by Abingdon Press.

Customer Reviews

Pastor Hamilton is very eloquent and easy to understand.
Milton Roussel
This book is for those who earnestly and prayerfully seek to live a Christian Life in our world today.
Big D
It was a great book for our Sunday school class to study.
Kathleen B.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeff M. Moffett on July 22, 2001
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Adam Hamilton is my pastor and I had the privilege of hearing his sermon series on controversial issues. Through all of his study and research for the sermons, he created this book. Each of the seven chapters covers one issue. They include the following: The Separation of Church and State, Creation and Evolution in the Public Schools, The Death Penalty, Euthanasia, Prayer in Public Schools, Abortion, and Homosexuality. In each chapter, Adam presents the most common and convincing arguments for both sides of an issue. Then he gives his conclusions and his personal stance on the issue. Although I would characterize Adam as a moderate, you'll find his various conclusions not representing liberalism or conservatism, but his search for the truth in Christianity.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan29 on July 26, 2005
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Adam Hamilton's outstanding book gives a concise overview of different perspectives within the Christian community on issues that are problematic for many of us such as abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia and the death penalty. I found the chapters on homosexuality and the death penalty to be particularly enlightening because he is so candid with regard to his own struggle to come to terms with these questions. If you want to confront the "truth" in both sides of these controversies and to challenge yourself to understand why you believe what you do, this is the book for you. One of the best Christian books I have ever read. And did I mention that it is well-written, concise, easy to understand and includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter? I am buying multiple copies for friends and family.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David W. Ponstein on January 12, 2007
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Adam does a nice job of walking you through the issue and leaves it somewhat open so you can create your own thoughts and beliefs. Unlike popular media where you are told what to think - Adam takes a far better approach so you as a Child of Christ can work through the issue depending on where you are at with your journey.

Dave
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Rahardja on May 19, 2005
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Adam Hamilton has the remarkable ability to hold two opposing positions "in tension", and then encouraging the reader to synthesize a viable resolution.

In this book, Hamilton confronts seven difficult issues that the Church and society have not been able to satisfactorily resolve, including abortion, homosexuality, and prayer in schools. Instead of pounding his pulpit, Hamilton exposes the various sides of the argument with honesty and fairness. Instead of coming down hard on one side on the other, Hamilton enables the reader to appreciate the sincerity that permeates all sides.

No matter what you end up deciding about each topic, you owe it to yourself to read this book to gain an even-handed insight into the subject.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on July 27, 2006
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Truly great study of the issues facing today's society and a Christian, a true Christian, response to those issues. This book is not, repeat IS NOT, for those Christians who claim to have and to know all the answers, those who are quick to judge and condemn, but slow to understand or accept the concept Jeus preached most--grace.

This book is for the caring, concerned Christian trying to ascertain and determine how to live a Christ-like life in today's world with all of the issues we face. One may or may not agree with Adam Hamilton's decisions on his personal perspective, but those to think, care, and want to truly view and study the issues as Jesus would have, will find this book most helpful and meaningful. Not a "deep" book, but a valuable book, filled with meaningful perspectives and insights.

Again, this is not a book for the Religious Right, those who claim to be "Christian" and have all the answers, those who enjoy "owning" the moral high ground and take great pleasure in judgement and condemnation of others, those who, while denying it, eagerly look forward to acting as God's Gestapo. This book is for those who earnestly and prayerfully seek to live a Christian Life in our world today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harold billington on January 15, 2007
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Great Service, Great Book, Is a Great Sunday School Study, Adam Hamilton, is a good, easy to understand,
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This is the first book I read of Adam Hamilton and found it was elementary. I was glad for the introduction but will try his later books.
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We have addressed, via a small-group church venue, all but the last of the "controversies" presented in the book. We'll look at homosexuality this week. I'm finding the book (and the accompanying video of Rev. Hamilton's oral presentations) to be fairly moderate in tone and moderately fair in presentation. The issues are truly tough given today's society's rather entrenched opinions. I believe that Adam Hamilton endeavors to present the issues in an objective way after looking thoughtfully at each from remarkably broad and oppositional perspectives. Obviously some of the issues are more hot-button than others, but our group has managed civil and thoughtful discussions throughout the sessions and have maintained a relatively consistent attendence (averaging ca. 25 people). I would recommend the book to anyone who is willing to look at what are perceived to be difficult topics through new eyes.
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