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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Christian's Library Press (July 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938948947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938948947
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

HUNTER BAKER, J.D., Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Provost at Union University. He is the author of The End of Secularism and Political Thought: A Student's Guide, as well as numerous articles and essays. He is also the co-founder of and Writer at Large for The City. In 2011, he won the Acton Institute's Novak Award for outstanding scholarly research on the relationship between religion and liberty.

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Hunter Baker, J.D., Ph.D. is an academic dean and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is the author of three books (The End of Secularism, Political Thought: A Student's Guide, and The System Has a Soul), has contributed chapters to several others, and has written for a wide variety of print and digital publications. His work has been endorsed by Robert P. George, Russell Moore, David Dockery, John Mark Reynolds and others. He is the winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award conferred by the Acton Institute and has lectured widely on religion and liberty. In addition to his work at Union, Baker also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Markets and Morality, as a contributing editor for Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and as writer at large for The City (a journal he co-founded). He is also a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Szarejko on October 2, 2014
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Having read numerous essays by the author I was happy to grab this book as soon as it was published and I was not disappointed. As I read this collection of essays I often laughed, sometimes I cried, and most certainly I was made to think. Not only is Baker a gifted writer who can weave a compelling story, he is also an insightful thinker able to probe deeply into the topics addressed in this collection. And write on a variety of topics, he does. These essays range from social justice, secularism, education, politics, the idea of liberty and the Christian faith. I enjoyed every one of the essays. Finally, there are only a few books I read more than once, and i have placed this one on my list for a re-reading in the near future. Why? Because I only touched the surface in my first reading and am hungry to dig deeper.
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By RachelC on August 29, 2014
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A must read for Christians and non-Christians alike. Hunter clearly has sought to listen to and understand all competing views and has done what should be done more often: let these ideas compete in a clear and concise manner, and may the best ideas come out on top. If you are new to this idea that Christianity has a role in the public sphere, you need to read this book. No matter how simple or grand your particular sphere of influence, or how knowledgable you may be on the issues, you need to read this book.

I'm hoping there will be study guide soon for small groups. :-)
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As a practicing professional artist and educator, I am acutely aware of the changes occurring in contemporary culture both in the art world and without, as both are intricately linked. Hunter Baker has provided the reader with an understandable and quite possibly brilliant set of reflections on the challenges and direction of Christian thought as it seeks to address the issues prevalent in today's secular culture. I am duly impressed with its clarity on the issues and highly recommend it as a volume for every Christian educator, pastor and layman.
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