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Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics (WTF Where's The Faith?) Paperback – July 30, 2010
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"Both conservatives and liberals have taught us that you can have a compelling argument and lots of good ideas, and still be mean. It is time for us to learn that just as important as being right is being nice. Split Ticket is one more sign of a new conversation in post-religious-right-America...moving beyond the old camps, stale debates, and empty rhetoric. It is time for a new political imagination enough donkeys and elephants long live the Lamb." ----Shane Claiborne, author of Jesus for President
"In the midst of a bitterly divided political landscape, these thoughtful, beautifully written essays serve as a breath of fresh air to everyone longing for political perspectives that don t divide and conquer, but rather heal and mend. This volume will help individuals and communities of faith engage the political process in authentic ways that get past superficial rhetoric and lead to transformative change. " --Phil Snider, coauthor of Toward a Hopeful Future
Both conservatives and liberals have taught us that you can have a compelling argument and lots of good ideas, and still be mean. It is time for us to learn that just as important as being right is being nice. Split Ticket is one more sign of a new conversation in post-religious-right-America...moving beyond the old camps, stale debates, and empty rhetoric. It is time for a new political imagination enough donkeys and elephants long live the Lamb. --Shane Claiborne, author of Jesus for President
In the midst of a bitterly divided political landscape, these thoughtful, beautifully written essays serve as a breath of fresh air to everyone longing for political perspectives that don t divide and conquer, but rather heal and mend. This volume will help individuals and communities of faith engage the political process in authentic ways that get past superficial rhetoric and lead to transformative change. --Phil Snider, coauthor of Toward a Hopeful Future
About the Author
The Rev. Amy Gopp responds to her calling to the work of Christ by serving as a global activist and peacemaker-one who through dynamic preaching and creative teaching urges God's people to engage in compassionate service that imbues hope and empowerment for all. An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Amy currently serves as the Executive Director for Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee, and development ministry fund of the Disciples church.
Brandon Gilvin currently serves as the associate director for Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee, and development ministry fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is the author of Solving the DaVinci Code Mystery and co-wrote Wisdom from the Five People You Meet in Heaven with Rev. Heather Godsey. He has worked in congregational ministry and with ecumenical organizations based in Nairobi, Kenya and Toronto, Canada.
Christian Piatt is a managing editor for PULP, an independent alt-monthly publication for southern Colorado; a musician, spoken word artist, and cofounder of Milagro Christian Church in Pueblo, Colorado; cocreator and coeditor of the WTF? (Where's the Faith?) book series; contributor to theooze.com and Red Letter Christians blog.
Top Customer Reviews
Many of the Sunday School texts I've, well, endured, addressed topics ever-relevant to my thirty-something-married-two-kids-working-mom-life such as, Baptism: Sprinkle or Dunk? Grace: Earned or Bestowed? The Trinity: How is One God Three? And while the arm-chair theologian in me finds these topics academically interesting to a degree, they don't have diddley squat to do with my day to day life as a practicing Christian in contemporary America.
I have to say I was skeptical of the aim of Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a Time of Partisan Politics. In my experience as a born again Christian Evangelical, turned Buddhist, turned reformed Presbyterian, texts promising `independent' faith discussions have come up as short as the of that stick we all talk about. Two essays into Split Ticket, I was thrilled to realize my skepticism was misplaced.
Bluntly, this book is theologically and politically left of center. It is not and should not be sold as a survey of Christian politics across the board. There are no Christian Right apologists in Split Ticket. However, the essayists themselves are from diverse traditions within the Christian faith--from Evangelical to Mainline, African-American to Lily White--and the progressive political views they hold are interesting, dynamic, and, for the most part, theologically supportable.Read more ›
As I read this collection I heard my own thoughts reflected, and many challenged. Faith and politics have a lengthy and messy history within America. As part of Chalice Press "WTF: Where's the Faith?" series, assembles young voices to ask that pointed question, "WTF?" At the core of this series and this book is the belief, and faith, that God can be present in our daily lives, and daily decisions.
Engaging issues from activism to voting, Split Ticket challenges the imagination to breathe deeply and engage the substantive issues of the day. Posed for the reader is an opportunity to meet their faith in the public arena. While faith has been seemingly relegated to the private realm, Split Ticket does not shy away from beckoning faith out into the open. As Amy Gopp says, "But if we take seriously the text from John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," then we understand that to live the truth is to choose the way of the cross, the way of Christ, which is the way of love" (29). Faith possesses relevance, and it is found at the cross.Read more ›
Split Ticket is a book of essays regarding the intersection of faith and politics. The essays discuss a variety of issues from the decision to vote to various social issues. The writing style is conversational and informal. The book's audience is people in their 20's and 30's, which is the age of the authors of the essays. However, any person with an interest in this subject can find the book profitable.
The author's positions are those that are represented within the mainline tradition of Protestant churches. In some ways, this aspect of the book was a bit surprising, in that the cover and title suggested that it would represent a variety of views. Perhaps the idea of the book was to represent a Christian reflection on social issues that are not reported by the mainstream media.
The essays, as a whole, were of high quality. The authors had an opinion and used the various sources for Christian theology in explaining their point. However, it should be said that the Scripture/Experience part took precedence over the reason/tradition part. While I found the essays to be engaging and well thought out, in an edited work there always seems to be that essay that is the exception to the rule. The essay by Garrison was rather sophomoric. For a satirist it was not good satire, not even funny. So my recommendation is to read the book, I think you would get something out of it, but skip the Garrison essay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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