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Good News for the Public Square: A Biblical Framework for a Christian Engagement Timothy Laurence

Good News for the Public Square: A Biblical Framework for a Christian Engagement

Timothy Laurence

Published May 15th 2014
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126 pages
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 About the Book 

Jesus Christ is good news for public life, and Christian contribution is needed now as much as ever. But what does this mean? Christianity has a controversial history in the public square, including involvement, withdrawal and appeasement. Today manyMoreJesus Christ is good news for public life, and Christian contribution is needed now as much as ever. But what does this mean? Christianity has a controversial history in the public square, including involvement, withdrawal and appeasement. Today many Christians are left confused - resulting in either inactivity or division, just when our love and clarity are needed most. This foundational book lays out a biblical framework for Christian engagement. It shows Gods purposes for government as a small picture of his own kingdom. This means we can see how, rightly understood, political theory points toward the gospel, and also how the gospel should shape our understanding and approach to the public square. The four chapters of the book demonstrate this with reference to the four key questions of the public square, asked by Christians and non-Christians alike: 1. Public Authority - what is the role of the authorities? 2. Public Truth - how can we know what is good? 3. Public Good - what is good for us? 4. Public Hope - how can this good be achieved? What are others saying about the book? It is vitally important that Christians are involved in the public square but that involvement needs to be biblically faithful, theologically rigorous, Christ-centred, gospel-hearted and a practical expression of our call to love God and neighbour. This resource provides a wonderful guide to those seeking to find common Christian ground in such characteristics of engagement with law and government. Andrew Goddard, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics The gospel, which is the power of God to salvation, saves real people. In this sense, the gospel is private. But, is the gospel only private? ... Make no mistake: Jesus saves us from something for something. A purely privatised gospel fails to be the powerful gospel depicted scripturally. Read Good News for the Public Square and begin to explore how and why. Jeffery J. Ventrella, Alliance Defending Freedom