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Interesting, but not very aptly titled,
This review is from: Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics (Paperback)
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I was first interested in this book because I, too, have come to a point where I do not like the politicization of conservative Christianity. It seems to me that I should be able to be a conservative Bible-believing Christian without having to be a political activist for the Republican party. So, I really hoped this book would help me along in my own journey.
To start with, I must say that I enjoy the authors writing style. It was very easy to read and she is a gifted storyteller. Her stories are all very revelant and serve to bring out the points she is trying to make as she explains the things she wrestled with as a young adult.
However, I didn't end up feeling like she really "untangled" her faith from her politics. Its seems, rather, that she has embraced both theological and political liberalism. I really feel that her faith is just as much entwined with her politics as it ever was.
If you want to understand the thought process of the young, postmodern, Emergent church types, this book will be very revealing for you. But, if you really just are looking at escaping politicized Christianity while holding fast to conservative, biblical Christiantiy you will likely be frustrated by and disappointed in this book.
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Initial post: Jul 26, 2012 12:36:24 PM PDT
Brian E. Erland says:
That's exactly the point Jessica. The religious and political are forever entangled no matter what your persuasion. Your religious belief is the inward expression of who you are and the political is the outward motion of acting out ones faith. Divorcing the two is an impossibility.
Posted on Aug 11, 2012 5:44:32 AM PDT
A. Wilkins says:
May I suggest The Myth of a Christian Nation, by Gregory Boyd? I found it extremely helpful in helping me sort things out.
Posted on Oct 7, 2014 10:41:26 AM PDT
Dances with Daedra says:
One mistake you are making is the term 'conservative, Bible-believing' - both of those terms are deeply politicized, you are defining belief in the Bible according to your political and social beliefs.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2014 5:20:31 PM PDT
Jessica A. Dewaay says:
By saying conservative, Bible-believing I am actually making a theological statement, and neither of those terms in this context is political. What that means, is that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant word of God. It means that Jesus, who existed as God and with God from all eternity, came to earth, born of a virgin, and lived a perfectly sinless life. He died on the cross as a substiutionary atonement for our sins,was raised again on the third day, and ascended to heaven where he ever lives to make intercession for us. One day he will come again, this time as judge for both the living and the dead. The only way to be born again and to go to heaven is to believe in Jesus. All paths do not lead to God.
Conservative, Bible-believing is the response to theological liberalism, which largely embraces easy-believism, a rejection of any miracles including the virgin birth and resurrection, and holds the Bible to be great literature and teaches how to "live a good life" but does not regard it to be the fully inerrant word of God.
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