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Electing not to vote : Christian reflections on reasons for not voting

Author: Ted Lewis
Publisher: Eugene, Ore. : Cascade Books, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ethical discourse about the institution of voting rarely includes the option of abstaining for principled reasons. This collection of nine articles widens the discussion in that direction by giving readers a new question: At what point and on what grounds might one choose not to vote as an act of conscience? Contributors offer both ethical and faith-based reasons for not voting. For some, it is a matter of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Lewis
ISBN: 9781556352270 1556352271
OCLC Number: 232335029
Description: xiii, 126 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction / Ted Lewis --
Polls apart: why believers might conscientiously abstain from voting / John D. Roth --
When there is nothing to vote for: liberalism, John Howard Yoder, and the church / Andy Alexis-Baker --
Freedom of voice: non-voting and the political imagination / Nekeisha Alexis-Baker --
Serving by abstaining: Karl Barth on political engagement and disengagement / G. Scott Becker --
Electing not to vote: whether choosing red or blue, politics is love of Mammon / Michael Degan --
When the lesser evil is not good enough: the Catholic case for not voting / Todd David Whitmore --
Voting with our lives: ongoing conversations along the path to Pentecostal faithfulness / Paul Alexander --
Folly of not voting: reflections on the incoherence of the church / Tato Sumantri --
"Presidentialdom" of God: our conversation with Pilate / Ted Lewis.
Responsibility: edited by Ted Lewis.

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Ethical discourse about the institution of voting rarely includes the option of abstaining for principled reasons. This collection of nine articles widens the discussion in that direction by giving readers a new question: At what point and on what grounds might one choose not to vote as an act of conscience? Contributors offer both ethical and faith-based reasons for not voting. For some, it is a matter of candidates not measuring up to high standards; for others it is a matter of reserving political identity and allegiance for the church rather than the nation-state. These writers--representing a wide range of Christian traditions--cite texts from diverse sources: Mennonites, Pentecostals, and pre-Civil Rights African Americans. Some contributors reference the positions of Catholic bishops, Karl Barth, or John Howard Yoder. New Testament texts also figure strongly in these cases for "conscientious abstention" from voting. n addition to cultivating the ethical discussion around abstention from voting, the contributors suggest alternative ways beneficially to engage society. This volume creates a new freedom for readers within any faith tradition to enter into a dialogue that has not yet been welcomed in North America.

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