A must-read for Christians in the present political conversation
Citizen helps Christians find our place in the politics of the world. In these pages, Bishop Andy Doyle offers a Christian virtue ethic grounded in fresh anthropology. He offers a vision of the individual Christian within the reign of God and the life of the broader community. He adds to the conversation in both church and culture by offering a renewed theological underpinning to the complex nature of Christianity in a post-modern world.
How did we get here? Is this the way it has to be? Are there implications for conversations about politics within the church? Doyle contends that our current debates are not about one partisan narrative winning, but communities of diversity being unified by a relationship with God's grand narrative. Crafting a deep theological conversation with a unified approach to the Old and New Testament, Citizen asks, what does it truly mean to live in community?
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"An alternative to both apathy and anger, Citizen is a call to discover civic hope. 'Follow Jesus,' Bishop Doyle urges in a winsome and compelling way, and you’ll find yourself mending God’s garden--God’s home--that is our shared world."
––Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture
"A keen-eyed theological analysis of where we are today as Christians."
––Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School
Foreword by Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
Introduction: Engaging an Apathetic Christian Citizen
Chapter One: A Birth Narrative
Chapter Two: Our Beloved Civil Religion
Chapter Three: A Frame for Christian Citizenship
Chapter Four: A Garden Social Imaginary
Chapter Five: Rejection of Dominion Politics
Chapter Six: Prophetic Citizenship
Chapter Seven: A Differentiated Wilderness Society
Chapter Eight: The Rise of King and Prophet
Chapter Nine: A Step into God’s Story
Chapter Ten: A Different Destiny
Chapter Eleven: A Decolonized Citizenship
Chapter Twelve: The Story of the Disinherited
Chapter Thirteen: The Hive Lens
Chapter Fourteen: Vineyard, Sword, and Cross
Chapter Fifteen: The State’s Accountability to God
Chapter Sixteen: A Tabling Christian Citizenship
Conclusion: No Pleasant Valley Sunday
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