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"Ballor offers a timely, relevant, and engaging contribution to the ongoing conversation about how Christians in the United States ought to relate to society, work, and politics. His work is deeply theoretical, but also very practical. He is deeply thoughtful, but also culturally aware and very engaging. This book would be a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Christian social thought, regardless of political affiliation, denominational affiliation, or theological education." --John Medendorp, Ethika Politika

"Ballor's eloquent voice will challenge us to think hard, even if we do not concur with all of his ideas." --Byron Borger, Capital Commentary

"Jordan Ballor's Get Your Hands Dirty is an invaluable resource for the socially conscious and intellectually curious Christian, and Ballor argues convincingly that Christians should be both." --Micah Watson, The Gospel Coalition

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"Thoughtful readers will benefit from Jordan Ballor's essays that carry us from HBO's Deadwood to Christ's death on the cross, explaining in the process our culture and the dirty jobs that need doing." --Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World News Group

"Get Your Hands Dirty is a must-read for those interested in the intersection of faith, culture, and economics. It's an insightful piece that is both provocative and encouraging--it will spur you both to think hard and to take action. I welcome its publication and look forward to seeing it get a wide reading." --Scott Rae, Dean of Faculty, Talbot School of Theology

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (July 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625640471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625640475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,860,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich) is a research fellow at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty, where he serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research, and his scholarly interests include Reformation studies, church-state relations, theological anthropology, social ethics, theology and economics, and research methodology.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason on September 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Get Your Hands Dirty is a great read. I bought a digital version off of Amazon. This was the first time I have done this, but it saved me a bundle and I could read it right away. I will do it more often!

The essay on "crunchy cons" was one I read before and enjoyed even more this time.

The book is actually timely, for I am thinking long and hard about how to build an association and promote the work of its various members. These members of that association are great examples of the kinds of mediating institutions Ballor talks of that need to exist--the work they do cannot be done by markets, government or individuals alone.

A few of my favourite ideas quotes are below:

"Where avaricious compulsion and well-intentioned coercion created the problems of the sub-prime market, the principle of charity represents the solution. In this framework the poor are viewed not as sources of profit but rather as objects of love." Ballor argues that the market and government are not the only two options of resort. Rather we need to recover civil associations and voluntary organizations (which might now on verge of extinction).

Ballor quotes lester DeKoster - "work is the form in which we make ourselves useful to others" note 46

"In identifying the institutions of the church with these protest movements ecclesial leaders risk overlooking the most important occupiers: those Christians who occupy the pews every Sunday morning and pursue various occupations throughout the week.
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