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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300124333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300124330
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book bursts onto the scene just as the blue and red map begins to break up both in politics and in religion.  To persist with simplistic oppositions between evangelical and progressive Christians is to miss the kairos of our time.  Heltzel maps the moment with a stunning new itinerary, historically important and theologically disclosive, of the American Jesus--the prophetic way of  a blue green Christology."—Catherine Keller, author of God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Journeys
(Catherine Keller)

"Heltzel offers a genealogy of American evangelicalism that casts important light on its complicated relationship to American politics and America's painful history of race relations. American evangelicalism is positioned inside of, and not apart from, such matters. This alone merits a serious consideration of Heltzel's work." —J. Kameron Carter, Duke University Divinity School and author of Race: A Theological Account

(J. Kameron Carter)

“With this head-turning first book, Peter Heltzel emerges as the most provocative new interpreter of American evangelicalism.  Offering much more than fresh insights on a widely discussed subject, Heltzel illuminates a way beyond the culture wars.  Jesus and Justice will change the way we think about Christianity and politics.”—Charles Marsh, author of The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, From the Civil Rights Movement to Today
(Charles Marsh)

“In Jesus and Justice, Peter Heltzel offers an informed, passionate critique of evangelical political involvement. This important book will very likely alter the terms of the debate over evangelicalism and politics.”—Randall Balmer, author of The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond

(Randall Balmer)

“Peter Heltzel's Jesus and Justice boldly explores the complexities of race within American evangelicalism. Heltzel does not shy away from the difficult questions of racism nor does he gloss over the crucial moments of connection between black and white evangelicals. This work heralds with passion and intelligence an evangelical imagination ripe for the Obama era.”—Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University

(Eddie S. Glaude)

"Compelling . . . provocative . . . deep and well-argued."--Mary Manjikian, Religious Studies Review
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About the Author

Peter Goodwin Heltzel is assistant professor of theology, New York Theological Seminary, and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He lives in New York City.


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This literary work is a wonderful easy read.
Candace L. Coleman
Peter Heltzel's book, "Jesus and Justice" is a straightforward read for seminary students and theologians alike.
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Anyone who is intrested in an uncomprise theological understanding must read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Heltzel on October 28, 2011
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"Jesus and Justice" offers a new horizon for Protestant theology in the Americas. Heltzel argues that Martin Luther King, Jr.'s theology of beloved community offers a prophetic alternative to the born again individualism in Carl F. H. Henry's theology. What makes Heltzel's approach unique is the way that he brings together the theology of Karl Barth into conversation with the prophetic Black Christian tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. He sees John Howard Yoder, William Stringfellow, Ron Sider and Jim Wallis as embodying a Barthian ethic with a commitment to an anti-racist/pro-reconciliation ministry. In the spirit of Dr. King, it is time for Christians to make a collective public stand for racial and economic justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janette Tureman on October 27, 2013
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I found the first chapters of the book very difficult to read. The last chapters were easier to read but I could never decide what audience he was writing to inform. Had he left out the politics it may have been a little more understandable.
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By J. Colon Berezin on November 12, 2009
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Jesus and Justice is a cutting edge read. This book shifts seamlessly between the fields of history, politics, and of course theology, in a way that is both sobering and inspiring. Heltzel offers a look at the development of evangelicalism that is fiercely grounded in academic integrity, yet alternative, fresh and exciting. This book provides a vision of a future filled with the love of Jesus and the arm of justice, just in time for the dawn of the Obama era. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in social change, becoming a true follower of Jesus, and/or politics. Vive la revolucion!
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In Jesus and Justice, Heltzel describes the origins and subsequent development of the evangelical movement in America. From this common foundation, several different avenues of theology developed, giving rise to the varied landscape of contemporary evangelism. This book contributes to the understanding of how race relations formed the backbone for modern-day Christianity and highlights how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. forever changed the theological landscape and introduced the idea of political and social activism as a means to achieve universal justice, a concept embedded in the theology of Christ.

The book is a quick and easy read, and it may surprise the layperson to understand how the stated goals of the evangelical apparatus differs from the impressions people have of it today. The text calls on and inspires all to adopt a theology of the cross by becoming active and seeking out a biblical model of justice that strives to correct existing inequalities.

The book will certainly challenge the reader to embrace the idea that the walk of faith should extend to all facets in life, and not be restricted to particular arenas.
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By Daeseok Kim on November 12, 2009
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In the modern society, what is the meaning of Jesus? This book shows comtemporary meaning of Jesus, not just died christ 2,000 years ago but still alive in community. And it provides some views and alternative ways how to see the community and how to access for understanding. It projects the direction of evangelical issue.
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By Sarah A. Tyson on November 24, 2009
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The author addresses major issues that are confronting the churches today. The literary work is clear and to the point. The book is well written and can be utilized by people from all walks of life. Jesus truly is a man of Justice as Peter Heltzel asserted.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frankco J. Harris on November 6, 2009
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Peter Hetzel gives a profound overview of the submerging "Evangelic White" and "Black Prophetics" in America. He explores slave religion in the Antebellum South and shows how religion has evolved through the Colonies. This books gives a good perspective of African American slaves that experienced great turmoil at the hand of organized religion. The writer shows how slaves were offered Chirst with strict stipulations.

Hetzel then goes on to show the forerunner, Howard Thurman, who is enlighted while on a journey in India. This leads to the influence of another great Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King. However, Hetzel shows that not only were they influenced by the Black Baptist church, but by liberal white institutions and scholars as well, that shaped their moral and political views. He notes that this also gave them a great sense of balance in their articulattion of the issues that they addressed-freedom and justice.

This book is simply a must have. I have truly been inspired by this 21st century literary work. It is thought provoking and inspirational. This book lifts up the voice of the forgotten (slaves) and shows how they shaped American culture and politics. I am sure that this book will revolutionize the way we think and incorporate justice issues in our daily lives. The best is yet to come for the author, theologian and scholar!!!!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Candace L. Coleman on November 5, 2009
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This literary work is a wonderful easy read. It is clear and concise and draws you into the theological theories. Although you are drawn in, it still leaves room for you to drawn on your own social location and formula your own infant theory in agreement or opposition. The social political ramifications of this literary work will cause Theologians and laymen and women to discuss Dr. Peter Goodwin Heltzel for years to come. His work is an execllent choice for Introduction courses to Theology. Blessings to you Dr. Heltzel we look forward to more thought provoking literary works.

-Minister Candace L. Coleman
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