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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830745335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830745333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Are You a New Kind of Conservative? Conservative spokesman, author and pastor Joel C. Hunter forges a new path with A New Kind of Conservative. Hunter takes a provocative look at how faith and politics have interacted in America, giving civic-minded people a balanced and biblically-based approach to political involvement. The author speaks as a conservative Christian with traditional biblical stands regarding abortion and homosexuality, but expands it to include other biblical concerns, such as the environment, poverty, justice issues and AIDS. This is not the ideology and rhetoric associated with the Religious Right, but rather a broader look at politics that the Bible would have us address. Hunter shows how religion and politics do not have to be at odds with one another and offers the information and motivation needed to take responsible action.

Read this book and underline portions of it, and then quietly think about politics with the mind, love and concerns of Christ. Learn to see issues through a biblical worldview and then…get your sword out and, with Luther, stand in the places “where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved.”
—STEVE BROWN
Author, Teacher and Key Life Network Radio Host

Joel Hunter remains firmly conservative in his theology, but he believes that the Bible also calls us to be a voice for the poor and to care for creation. A New Kind of Conservative represents this emerging centrist evangelical political movement.
—RONALD J. SIDER
President, Evangelicals for Social Action


About the Author

DR. JOEL C. HUNTER is senior pastor of Northland, A Distributed Church, in Longwood, Florida. Each weekend, approximately 12,000 people worship together in real time at multiple distributed sites throughout central Florida and at hundreds of smaller sites worldwide via the Internet. Dr. Hunter has become an internationally known spokesperson for compassion issues outlined in Scripture. He has a Bachelor of Science in education (history and government) from Ohio University, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry in culture and personality from Christian Theological Seminary, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Belhaven College. He serves on the board of directors of six organizations, including the National Association of Evangelicals.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense on February 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I attended Pastor Hunter's church for 12 years. I personally observed his "transformation" from pastor to politician. This book, like it's predecessor, Right Wing, Wrong Bird, is a favorite of the "evangelical Marxist" crowd (Ron Sider, Jim Wallis, etc). Pastor Joel is a decent, God loving man. Having said that, this book perverts the Christian message in my view. I believe that Christ appealed to individuals on a personal basis. If He were to return today, he wouldn't hop a plane to Washington to lobby for progressive taxation. No, He would want to know what the body of Christ - His Church - was doing to care for the poor and disadvantaged. Where does Hunter go wrong? His reliance on government to solve problems that are the responsibility of the church. He attends to physical interests rather than focusing on the soul. He is content (as I have personally observed) to advance the causes of "creation care" (which he originally termed "global warming") and unbridled immigration. In his world, as in this book, Hunter wants a left leaning right wing. He would be better off avoiding the use of labels let alone the creation of new ones. Joel Hunter is a good man. But he is dead wrong in his quest to fold so-called "conservatism" into our existing socialist tendencies. It doesn't to the church any good to do so. Nor does it enrich individual Christians.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James H. Boyd on June 12, 2009
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On the surface, it seems like a dark time for the conservative movement. The Republican party is imploding and shows little hope of making a real comeback. Many of the "old guard" leaders of the Christian right have either died (Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy) or have suffered from seriously diminished credibility (Pat Robertson and James Dobson). Yet from the shadows, Florida megachurch pastor Dr. Joel Hunter issues a vital clarion call which my be just the answer they need.

In his insightful book "A New Kind of Conservative," Hunter calls for the conservative Christian community to rethink the political tactics that have defined it in recent decades. While maintaining the traditional conservative views on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, he rightfully says that the church must expand its thinking to include issues such as poverty, justice and the environment.

As we read further, it becomes obvious that Hunter has his finger on an important pulse. He examines how numerous religious activist groups on both the left and right have ultimately failed to produce lasting change. He further exhorts evangelicals not to fear those with whom they disagree, and to seriously think about issues rather than to simply react out of emotion.

An especially provocative section is the "Pilate Process" outlined in chapters seven and eight. Here Hunter uses the trial of Jesus to show how the various parties involved were so focused on both religion (the angry mob) and politics (the cowardly Pilate) that both sides missed the larger picture. In contrast, "Jesus quietly and calmly told the truth when under fire. The truth was His strength. He did not need any other justification.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Not speaking of the traditional religious right of politics, pastor Dr. Joel C. Hunter preaches a new brand of politics in his book "A New Kind of Conservative". Religion and Politics have been intertwining constantly in recent years, and Hunter takes a new stance widening the scope of the bible on politics. While he shares the typical conservative viewpoints on topics such as abortion and homosexuality, he brings focus to topics like the environmental, justice, and social welfare. Highly recommend to Christian Studies and politics collections alike.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. ANDRESCIK on January 25, 2008
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Quote from PBS' NOW program:

"The new generation of evangelical leaders is best symbolized by two well known pastors. One is Rick Warren of Saddleback Community Church in California, who was the author of The Purpose Driven Life, a best selling book about spiritual matters. And the other is Joel Hunter, who is a pastor of a church in Florida, who has also written books about religion and politics.

"And both of them have a very different style. To them the word of God applies to all aspects of life and not just to the conservative social issues, where, in fact, they are quite conservative. But they believe that the church ought to be speaking out on things like AIDS in Africa and ought to be speaking out on economic questions and ought to be urging Christians to be good stewards of the environment. There's a stylistic difference. These are individuals who grew up in a world where evangelicals were active in politics. They didn't have to be brought to that idea, but their idea of being a good citizen and being active in politics is broader, and it's less confrontational and more cooperative.

"These are gentlemen that would like to see evangelicals cooperating not just with each other, but with other religious communities and even with people who don't necessarily share their faith in order to achieve certain goals through the political process. So this generation has a different style and a different set of priorities and a much broader agenda than the leaders that preceded them."
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