The Call to Conversion

The Call to Conversion : Recovering the Gospel for These Times

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This work examines two fundamental questions Christians must answer: what is the nature of authentic conversion today, and how can people heed the biblical call to conversion today? Jim Wallis offers a new social vision grounded in the reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ, outlines a direction for action that seeks to establish justice for the poor and reclaims the Christian responsibility for making peace. The key to this biblical witness is Jim Wallis' vision of a revitalized Christian community deeply rooted in worship and in the practice of the spiritual disciples.
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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 7.62mm | 158.76g
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0060692421
  • 9780060692421

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Yes, there are left-wing Evangelicals, and Wallis (editor of Sojourners) is one of their most convincing spokesmen. In this loosely organized collection of sermon/editorials he makes a strong case for Christianity as radically opposed to the American status quo, and assaults the unholy alliance between the Evangelical mainstream and conservative political causes. For most Evangelicals, conversion means personal moral reform, especially as evidenced by certain conspicuous signs of non-partisan "godliness." For Wallis, on the other hand, "Any idea of conversion that is removed from the social and political realities of the day is simply not biblical." These realities include oppression of the Third World and of native minorities, nuclear weapons, rapacious consumerism, and other public evils. Wallis calls for prophetic resistance to all this and denounces as un-Christian the vision of America as "white, prosperous, and number one in the world." Nowhere does Wallis attack his Falwellian brethren by name, and except on the issue of arms control (the Cross vs. the Bomb) he deals in moralizing generalities and skips the details - but then he is doing theology rather than journalism. Like other revolutionaries, Wallis has to answer the question, what should we do? In reply he points, diffidently, to the Sojourners community (a commune in Washington, D.C.) and its efforts, practical and symbolic, for social justice. Wallis' exposition of the Gospel is neither exceptionally original nor exceptionally vivid, but his intense, honest, and humane commitment to it give his book undeniable power. (Kirkus Reviews)
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