Letters to a Young Evangelical

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Basic Books, Nov 28, 2006 - Religion - 280 pages
Named by Christianity Today as one of the twentyfive most influential preachers of the last fifty years, best-selling author Tony Campolo has spent decades calling on readers and audiences around the world to live their faith through committed activism. A tireless crusader for human rights and the eradication of world poverty, Campolo is a "Red Letter" Christian--he reminds us that when Jesus spoke, he spoke of social justice. But the Religious Right and social conservatives have hijacked His message in the name of Republican politics. They have corrupted the faith by ignoring the true message of Christ and focusing instead on narrow "wedge" issues to win political campaigns. In Letters to a Young Evangelical, Campolo calls on evangelicals of all ages to reject the false pieties of the Religious Right. With his trademark candor and wit, he offers sage advice to seekers who are trying to live their faith in a modern world that is politically polarized and predominantly secular. He is unafraid to touch on the hot-button topics that divide believers in America and around the world: abortion, gay rights, war, capital punishment, feminism, and the environment. An activist, a visionary, and a man of deep faith, Tony Campolo offers guidance not only for young evangelicals, but for seekers of all ages and faiths.
 

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LETTERS TO A YOUNG EVANGELICAL

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Exploration of evangelicalism from a politically progressive perspective.Campolo (Sociology/Eastern Univ.) is a rare breed—a politically liberal, evangelical Christian. Here, he pens letters to a ... Read full review

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I decided to pick up a copy of one of Campolo's books to see if in context he was as bad as he sounds out of context. I can't believe what I read. Maybe my expectations were way off base. I was ... Read full review

Contents

Why These Letters?
1
Welcome
9
The Gospel According to Us
20
Becoming Actualized Christians
28
Why We Witness
42
How We Witness
55
Why the Church Is Important
67
Getting High on Jesus
80
Being Straight but Not Narrow
158
Loving Muslims in a FearFilled World
174
Becoming Blessed Peacemakers
182
Women and the Church
193
Creation Care
201
Living in Secular America
212
Escaping the American Babylon
225
A Work Ethic for Evangelical Radicals
242

History with a Happy Ending
99
Being Rescued from Fundamentalism
119
Transcending Partisan Politics
135
Abortion as a Defining Issue
147
Living Out the Great Commission
253
The Need for Feedback from the Twilight Zone
274
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Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. DavidŐs, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. from Temple University and previously served for ten years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), which nurtures and supports programs for Ňat-riskÓ children in cities across the United States and Canada. An ordained minister, Campolo lives with his wife Peggy in St. DavidŐs, Pennsylvania.

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