Find out how contemporary America is on the brink of collapse-and the surprising group that's to blame-in Cory Kooyers's eye-opening new book, Hank Hanegraaff's Christianity is a Crisis for America.
Ingeniously blending politics, philosophy, and religion, Kooyers brazenly condemns those who would witness the collapse of society in favor of sitting back and profiting for their own selfish gain. Who are these people? Evangelical "leaders" such as Hank Hanegraaff.
Citing a dire lack of true leadership within the evangelical community, Kooyers call out churchgoers-from the ministers themselves to the common laypeople-for not defending the historic Christian principles that have been the foundation of Western civilization for hundreds of years.
By abandoning and redefining traditional biblical messages, people like Hanegraaff have distracted the religious public from the true enemies of our country and the church: fanatic pro-life, anti-gay fundamentalists (or "Christian Right Moralists") who have done irreparable damage to the true Christian cause by turning against the very people evangelicals are trying to reach.
By analyzing the ministry of Hanegraaff, along with the flawed teachings of the Christian Research Institute, Kooyers sheds some much needed light on the real problems facing America today.
World-renowned Jesus scholar Marcus J. Borg shows how we can live passionately as Christians in today's world by practicing the vital elements of Christian faith.
When Christianity came into the world it found a number of different political theories already in existence. These various conflicting concepts; Hebrew, Greek and Roman, influenced Christianity in varying degrees and in varying degrees were influenced by Christianity. Christianity as such added no new ideas to the current stock of political notions. The Hebrew Christian retained his Jewish theory; as did the Greek and the Roman in perhaps a less degree. The development of the Christian conception of the state, the Church, and history generally is a process of elimination, selection, adaptation, and synthesis of the various elements of political theory current in contemporary Hebrew and pagan thought. The characteristic modern separation of Church and State, the divorce between religion and government, existed as a matter of fact in early Christianity. But it was forced upon the Christians by the historical situation. As an idea it was foreign alike to Jews and Christians, Greeks and Romans. It was contrary to the whole body of contemporary political theory. The union of Church and State in the Fourth century, which has been so deplored by many modern historians and moralists was in reality perfectly inevitable. The social mind of the whole ancient world made any other course impossible either to Christians or Pagans once Christianity had developed to the point where it was the most powerful religious force in society. The theocratic nature of Jewish thought and practice is generally recognized but the close connection of religion and government in the pagan educational system is not perhaps so much emphasized. To quote Pollock: "It costs us something to realize the full importance of philosophy to the Greek or Roman citizen who had received a liberal education. For him it combined in one whole body of doctrine all the authority and influence which nowadays are divided, not without contention, by science, philosophy, and religion in varying shares. It was not an intellectual exercise or special study, but a serious endeavor to gather up the results of all human knowledge in their most general form, and make them available for the practical conduct of life."
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