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About the Author

Chuck Colson was a popular and widely known author, speaker, and radio commentator. A former presidential aide to Richard Nixon and founder of the international ministry Prison Fellowship, he wrote several books that have shaped Christian thinking on a variety of subjects, including Born Again, Loving God, How Now Shall We Live?, The Good Life, and The Faith. His radio broadcast, BreakPoint, at one point aired to two million listeners. Chuck Colson donated all of his royalties, awards, and speaking fees to Prison Fellowship Ministries.  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849938600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849938603
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
For centuries, one of the Christian Church's (By that I mean all Christians)greatest failings is to bicker as to what seperates us. Such bickerings have sadly included warfare and hatred spanning for generations. In this book several leading Church figures including Charles Colson, Richard John Neuhaus and J.I.Packer, put forward what unites all Christians and why, especially in an age of pluralism and postmodernism assailing the Church, there needs to be a united church. What is also excellent about this book is that there is also no gloss over what seperates Christians, but that one could say that this could be seen as an asset, not a failing. A must read for all Christians, and one with which I strongly urge readers to look at with a prayerful and open mind
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on April 27, 2000
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Being an Anglican, I am the first to admit that the Catholic church has doctrines I don't agree with. However, so does every denomination. I don't even agree completely on every Anglican Doctrine!
The reason I started out with that paragraph, is that this is the attitude the contributors to this book take. The Protestant contributors (Mark Noll, J.I. Packer, Charles Colson) do not wish to become Catholic. Nor do the Catholic contributors (Avery Dulles, George Wiegel) wish to become Protestant. What they do wish to do is come together in unity, especially in para-church organizations.
So the basic message of this book is, that while firmly recognizing the points on which protestants and Catholics disagree, as worshippers of the Triune God we need to be unified in today's post-Christian society, and to have meaningful discussions about our beliefs. I really enjoyed this book because of the conrtibutors' willingness to strive for peace and unity, while still holding to doctrinal truth.
Of note, the complete "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" statement is included, as well as the list of people who signed the statement (which includes famous men such as Pat Roberston, R.C. Sproul, Thomas Oden, and Bill Bright)
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This book contains not only the famous (or, in some circles, infamous) March 1994 Statement, but commentary essays by Charles Colson, George Weigel, Mark Noll, Avery Dulles, J.I. Packer, and Richard John Neuhaus. The ECT Statement begins, "We are evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics who have been led through prayer, study, and discussion to common convicgtions about Christian faith and mission..." (Pg. xv) They add, "All who accept Christ as Lord and Savior are brothers and sisters in Christ. Evangelicals and Catholics are brothers and sisters in Christ." (Pg. xviii) They caution, "We condemn the practice of recruiting people from another community for purposes of denominational or institutional aggrandizement. At the same time... [we] defend the legal freedom to proselytize even as we call upon Christians to refrain from such activity." (Pg. xxix)

Colson notes in his essay, "This new ecumenism bears no relationship to liberal ecumenism, which seeks unity by disregarding doctrinal differences. Conservative evangelicals and Catholics understand and maintain the distinctives of their respective traditions." (Pg. 2) Weigel suggests, "a reframing of the abortion debate... ought to be high on the list of works to be undertaken by evangelicals and Catholics, together." (Pg. 66)

J.I. Packer notes, "Over and above objections to Church infallibility as such... Roman teaching obscures the gospel and indeed distorts it in a tragically antispiritual and unpastoral manner, in at least three ways. First, the doctrines of transubstantiation and the Mass-sacrifice ...
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 20, 2008
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Any of you out there doubt American culture is in moral free fall? All it takes to confirm this is to turn on the TV or see a movie. Two recent experiences really brought this home to me.

I recently saw a movie called "Street Kings" in which the main character, a policeman, actually committed murder. So, was he thrown in jail? Of course not. His fellow police were no better--rapists, thieves, blackmailers and murderers--they were happy to have him in their corner. Just imagine the influence of that movie on teenagers.

The other experience was more personal. A young woman I know, who is only 27, was diagnosed with cervical cancer, most likely caused by the STD she has. The same young woman, who came from a good family, by the way, has an illegitimate son by a boyfriend who has now moved on. Her life is so tragic, and so impossible to imagine in the 1950's or earlier.

Things must change. That's why I find it discouraging that this well written and compelling book is now out of print. Hey somebody, please reissue!

I am a Catholic, and I fully support the idea of Evangelicals and Catholics working together. The numbers of Evangelicals and Catholics combined should be enough to overcome the opposition.
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