- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (February 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426742363
- ISBN-13: 978-1426742361
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Hijacked: Responding to the Partisan Church Divide Paperback – February 1, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. Charles (Chuck) Gutenson is a church consultant andformer Chief Operating Officer of Sojourners. He previously served 10 years atAsbury Seminary in Kentucky, most recently as the professor of Theology andPhilosophy. He received an M.Div. from Asbury in 1995 and a PhD inPhilosophical Theology from Southern Methodist University in 2000. A member ofthe International Society of Theta Phi, an honor society for theological students, scholars in the field of religion and outstanding religious leaders,Chuck is the author of three books (one forthcoming) and numerous articles on avariety of theological and philosophical articles.
Mike Slaughter is the lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church. Under his leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church "media reformation," and cyber-ministry. Mike is the author of multiple books for church leaders, including Change the World, Dare to Dream, Renegade Gospel, A Different Kind of Christmas, Spiritual Entrepreneurs, Real Followers, Momentum for Life, UnLearning Church, and Upside Living in a Downside Economy.
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., is the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to work at the intersection of religion, values, and public life. Dr. Jones writes a weekly column at “Figuring Faith,” a featured blog at the Washington Post On Faith section. He is a member of the national steering committee for the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion and is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, the American Political Science Association, and the Society of Christian Ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, and a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before founding PRRI, Dr. Jones served as assistant professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. Dr. Jones is the author two academic books and numerous peer-review articles on religion and public policy. He is frequently featured in national media stories on religion and politics.
Top Customer Reviews
What disturbed me was the way some folks concluded that I obviously wasn't a Christian because I held this point of view.
Next time we have an election and we need to decide how to vote I'll be using some of the content from this book to help people think through their approach to such a complex question.
Its an easy read, but I recommend it to any pastors who know there isn't a `Christian' position and are looking to equip their people to make intelligent decisions. I thought that given it is American in origin it might be a bit lacking in relevance, but not at all.
I don't know who I will vote for in the next election, but I do know what will be shaping my thinking on the issue - and it will be the same principles as last time. Perhaps if we can develop a framework for making decisions and appreciate that no choice is without its problems then we can avoid this nonsense of declaring people no longer Christians because they don't tow the party line we have decreed as most `Christian'.
Hijacked proposes several ways to get back to the essential call to love each other. This is what Jesus expects. Both individuals and local churches have a responsibility to work hard against the tendency to divide, because the more we divide and spend our time on "our side," the more the Church becomes split into an "us" versus "them" mentality.
Hijacked addresses a problem most of us would admit exists, yet we would all hesitate to admit we are part of the problem. So, let's admit it: at some level we are all part of the problem. As much as I wish to believe my libertarian ethics, theology, and politics are an alternative "third way" that allows more freely the work of the Kingdom, even I am not exempt from being stubborn at times. It's no fun being convicted of that, yet if we are all honest, we'll find ourselves guilty.
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