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Is the good book good enough? : evangelical perspectives on public policy

Author: David K Ryden
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, 2012, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"The political emergence of evangelical Christians has been a signal development in America in the past quarter century. And while their voting tendencies have been closely scrutinized, their participation in the policy debates of the day has not. They continue to be caricatured as anti-intellectual Bible thumpers whose views are devoid of reason, logic, or empirical evidence. They're seen as lemmings, following the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Ryden
ISBN: 9780739177075 0739177079 9780739150597 0739150596
OCLC Number: 821075289
Notes: Originally published: Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, ©2011.
Description: vi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Evangelicals and the environment : from political realism to a politics of freedom / Noah J. Toly --
Evangelicals and poverty / Stephen V. Monsma --
To do justly and love mercy : using Scripture to guide criminal justice policy / Jennifer E. Walsh --
Enlightened economics and free markets / Timothy J. Barnett --
Better late than never? Evangelicals and comprehensive immigration reform / Ruth Melkonian-Hoover --
The roots of evangelical humanitarianism and international political advocacy / Mark R. Amstutz --
Evangelicals and foreign policy in an era of conflict / Eric Patterson and Jacob Lenerville --
The new internationals : human rights and American evangelicalism / Zachary R. Calo --
Evangelicals, Pakistan, and the war in Afghanistan : scriptural resources for national security issues / Ron Kirkemo --
Love rightly understood : reflections on the substance, style, and spirit of evangelical activism and same-sex marriage policy / David K. Ryden and Jeffrey J. Polet --
Evangelicals and the elusive goal of racial reconciliation : the role of culture, politics and public policy / David K. Ryden --
Politics, evangelicals, and the unavoidability of metaphysics / Francis J. Beckwith --
The good book as policy guide : characteristics, critiques, and contributions of evangelical public policy participation / David K. Ryden.
Other Titles: Evangelical perspectives on public policy
Responsibility: edited by David K. Ryden.

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"The political emergence of evangelical Christians has been a signal development in America in the past quarter century. And while their voting tendencies have been closely scrutinized, their participation in the policy debates of the day has not. They continue to be caricatured as anti-intellectual Bible thumpers whose views are devoid of reason, logic, or empirical evidence. They're seen as lemmings, following the cues of Dobson and Robertson and marching in lock step with the Republican party on the 'culture wars' issues of abortion, gay rights, and guns. Is The Good Book Good Enough? remedies the neglect of this highly influential group, which makes up as much as a third of the American public. It offers a carefully nuanced and comprehensive portrait of evangelical attitudes on a wide range of policies and their theological underpinnings. Each essay applies an evangelical lens to a contemporary issue - environmentalism, immigration, family and same-sex marriage, race relations, global human rights, foreign policy and national security, social welfare and poverty, and economic policy. The result thoroughly enriches our understanding of evangelicalism as a prism through which many view a wide range of policy debates"--Publisher description.

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