Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics
author: John Danforth
average rating: 3.67
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/11/21
date added: 2015/11/21
'The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics' by John Danforth is a reasoned call to religious people to help change the tone of modern politics. Not to try to influence it like it days past, but with the kind of perspective that faith in a higher power can bring.
John Danforth brings his years of experience service, along with his personal faith together in this well reasoned book to deliver a different call to action. We live in a time when politics has driven divisive lines to the point where neither side can have conversations. Some of this is due to how religion has tried to brute force policy in the past few decades. Mr. Danforth calls for a different approach.
The principles talked about include self-sacrifice and not making politics an idol, by blowing it out of proportion. He says when we turn "what is only approximate into what we claim is absolute, we make politics grotesque." I couldn't agree more.
We live in an age where self-sacrifice for the greater good is rare, and with the kinds of crises our county faces now and in the near future, Christians should be modeling what self-sacrifice looks like. When Christians use God to advance a viewpoint, it is potentially "destructive of the civility that holds us together."
Written with a voice of reason, this is a call to action, but a call to the action of godly servants, not righteous firebrands. I appreciated this book and the calm voice of John Danforth. I applaud his ability to see through the noise of our times, and to offer humble direction.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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