Is the Good Book Good Enough?: Evangelical Perspectives on Public Policy

Is the Good Book Good Enough?: Evangelical Perspectives on Public Policy

By: David K. Ryden (editor), Ruth Melkonian-Hoover (contributor), Monsma Monsma (contributor), Mark R. Amstutz (contributor), Jacob Lenerville (contributor), Ron Kirkemo (contributor), Francis J. Beckwith (contributor), Timothy J. Barnett (contributor), Zachary R. Calo (contributor), Patterson Patterson (contributor)Hardback

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The book analyzes evangelical Christianity as a comprehensive perspective for understanding the range of contemporary policy issues in America. It finds that evangelicalism can be understood as a distinctive approach to understanding policy debates, that evangelicals are not as monolithic as commonly thought, but that their policy activism is still marred by significant shortcomings, namely their failure to employ non-biblical arguments and rhetoric that might resonate with non-evangelical Christians.

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David K. Ryden is professor of political science at Hope College.


1 Introduction:The Evolving Policy Agenda of Evangelical Christians 2 Section I. Engaging America: Evangelical Approaches to Domestic Policy Questions 3 1. Evangelicals and the Environment: From Political Realism to a Politics of Freedom 4 2. Evangelicals and Poverty 5 3. To Do Justly and Love Mercy: Using Scripture to Guide Criminal Justice Policy 6 4. Enlightened Economics and Free Markets 7 5. Better Late Than Never? Evangelicals and Comprehensive: Immigration Reform 8 Section II. Engaging the World: Evangelical Views on Global Issues 9 6. The Roots of Evangelical Humanitarianism and International Political Advocacy 10 7. Evangelicals and Foreign Policy in an Era of Conflict 11 8. "The New Internationals": Human Rights and American Evangelicalism 12 9. Evangelicals, Pakistan, and the war in Afghanistan: Scriptural Resources for National Security Issues 13 Section III. Engaging Culture: Counterforce or Capitulation? 14 10. Love Rightly Understood: Reflections on the Substance, Style, and Sprit of Evangelical Activism and (Same-Sex) Marriage Policy 15 11. Evangelicals and the Elusive Goal of Racial Reconciliation: The Role of Culture, Politics, and Public Policy 16 12. Politics, Evangelicals, and the Unavoidability of Metaphysics 17 13. The Good Book As Policy Guide: Characteristics, Critiques, and Contributions of Evangelical Public Policy Participation

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/12/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780739150597
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 298
  • ID: 9780739150597
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 0739150596

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