REVIEW: Prophetic Evangelicals

Here is my latest book review for the April issue of Christianity Today.

Prophetic Evangelicals: Envisioning a Just and Peaceable Kingdom
Edited by Bruce Ellis Benson, Malinda Elizabeth Berry, and Peter Goodwin Heltzel (Eerdmans)

Evangelicals tend to reinvent themselves. The authors of this book are no exception. Unlike presumably Western, white, patriarchal, pietistic evangelicals, these “prophetic evangelicals” follow the shalom politics of the Jewish prophet Jesus; emphasize deeds—”neighbor love, hospitality to the stranger, and the ministry of peace and justice”—over creeds; conceive of the church as mission more than polis; and envision a new social order, inspired by the abolitionist and civil rights movements, that challenges empire. Their minority report may be commended for its improvisational interpretation of Scripture and confession of Christian culpability in historic cruelties, but it goes overboard in its activism, reducing the biblical religion to a justice movement.—Christopher Benson


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