30 September 2008

Seven Ways to Change the World

Who has read Seven Ways to Change the World: reviving faith and politics by Jim Wallis, (2008)?

Wallis has long been trying to shake lethargic Christians out of their padded pews.
He's probably too liberal for me, but he's out there doing more than most and stirring others to get up and get going. While I may not sign off on each point, I admire his passion and his heart for justice which kinda reflects something I see in Jesus.

Here's a review of his latest book.

This new generation is looking for a ‘Religious Centre’.
The progressive Evangelicals in this group are reading theologians like
Bishop N T Wright, who in a little book (Simply Christian) introducing
thoughtful people to Christianity covers topics such as poverty, the
environment and human rights. Thirty years ago, says Wright, these were
secondary issues. They’re majoring on Jesus rather than Paul; their
commission for mission is in Luke 4 (good news for the poor) as well as
Matthew 28 (go and preach). They’re studying the prophets, with the help
of scholars like Walter Brueggeman, and re-discovering that God hates
injustice, everywhere.

Wallis writes that his concern for social justice has led him to embrace
many aspects of Catholic social teaching, with its emphases on the
well-being of the community as well as the rights of the individual.

Reviewed by Rowland Croucher

‘The worst evils in the world are not done by evil people, but by good
people who do not know that they are not doing good’
Reinhold Niebuhr: (p. 214).

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