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The Gospel and the Citizen (L'Évangile et le citoyen)

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Essay on the Christian and the Church in Politics

What would you do if ... Your pastor gave voting instructions? A deputy asking you for a public position on the government? Did an association suggest that your church lock the doors of an abortion clinic at night? …

Florent Varak and Philippe Viguier note in history different modes of interaction between Church and State before drawing from the Bible a model favoring public and coherent witness to the Gospel. They bring out from Peter's 1st letter a series of attitudes that Christians must possess in order to make this witness audible and credible for our society.

Enriched with historical anecdotes, contemporary examples and practical questions to tackle alone or in groups, this book will help you to take thoughtful positions on delicate questions of faith and politics.

Why read the book?

  • To approach without anxiety the family meals that turn to politics.
  • To discern the interest and relevance of an FB post, twitter… on your President.
  • To develop a healthy and biblical attitude towards the political world.
  • To examine different Christian perspectives on the interaction between church and state.
  • To know how to respond to those who are thinking of a Christian policy for our country.
  • To understand what a Christian citizen consistent with his faith is.
  • To reflect on the notion of voting as a Christian in a democracy.

Public

  • Christians who want to understand their position as citizens.
  • Citizens who want to understand the biblical (evangelical) perspective.
  • Church leaders who have a duty to clarify biblical teaching.
  • State officials interested in the Christian evangelical perspective.
Table of contents

Preface
1. The Church and Power?
2. Witness by example (1 Peter 2: 11-12)
3. Witness by respect (1 Peter 2: 13-14)
4. Witness by Freedom (1 Peter 2: 15-16)
5. Witness with kindness (1 Peter 2:17)
To conclude

Details

Edition : Key editions
Authors : Florent Varak, Philippe Viguier
Publication : October 2015
ISBN : 978-2-35843-031-9
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 5.5 '' x 8.5 ''
Weight : 130 g
Format : paperback

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