A fundamentally conservative work that only partially succeeds in finding common ground with the Christian left.

PULPIT FRICTION

REAWAKENING THE CHURCH'S VOICE IN A POLITICAL WILDERNESS

A timely discussion of the relationship between Christianity and contemporary U.S. politics.

Noting the mounting tensions inside American churches over politics, Kinton (Descending Mount Sinai, 2017, etc.) endeavors to provide Christians with a guidebook on how to unite conservatives and liberals within the Church without compromising fundamentals of the faith. Urging Christians to avoid the hot-button issues of our day, he instead calls for them to “speak on universal political truths.” By focusing on these broad issues, Kinton hopes that Christians of all political ideologies can align. His strongest chapter is a nuanced discussion of the various ways Christians have interpreted “nonviolence” and practical applications today. This chapter attempts to build not only bridges across political lines, but denominational lines as well. He brings in the perspectives of evangelicals, Jesuits, and Charismatic Christians. Other chapters touch on income inequality and racism and corresponding analyses of leading Christian thinkers (from both the right and the left of the ideological spectrum). Kinton’s efforts at finding common ground, while noble, may prove frustrating for everyone in that they don’t provide much critical assessment of either side. (This is one of the few works that favorably cites both far-right pundit Ann Coulter and black liberation theologian James Cone.) Though Kinton admirably seeks to unite the seemingly ununitable, it’s evident that he leans toward conservative evangelicalism. His chapter on prophecy concludes with a standard “End Times” narrative held to by mostly evangelicals, and his discussion on “sexual immorality” presupposes a traditional interpretation of biblical sexuality that lacks the nuance found in his discussion of nonviolence and other issues. Most glaringly given the political context that inspired the book, the author only neutrally mentions Donald Trump, while criticizing Hillary Clinton. Ironically, one uncritical reference to Trump is not only included in the chapter on sexual immorality, but comes only a page after the author alleges that liberals too often “revert to labeling and name-calling.”

A fundamentally conservative work that only partially succeeds in finding common ground with the Christian left.

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-973641-58-2

Page Count: 156

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: July 11, 2019

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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