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Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican or Democrat Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 14, 2008
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Reverend John M. Perkins has worked extensively on advancing the principles of Christian community development and racial reconciliation. He lives in Jackson, MS.
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Anyone who seeks to understand how we got here, how things are changing, and where we're going should definitely read this book.
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.Read more ›
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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... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Mad4roses