CAPITALISM, DEMOCRACY & EMERGING CHRISTIANITY As the world seems to be self-destructing with war, social upheaval, terrorism, rapid ecological damage, global warming, financial meltdowns, dire poverty, and increasing disparities of wealth, humankind is being forced to mend its ways or become an extinct species. There is also emerging in the world a higher consciousness that can be said to be the evolutionary destiny of humankind in providing for its own survival. It is about seeking a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. It is "the great turning" that social scholars are speaking about, like David Korten, Paul Hawken, Eckhart Tolle, Wendell Berry, and Leonardo Boff. Many Christians also view this emerging higher consciousness as the incarnate spirit of the risen Christ now dwelling within all of humankind. To the author, this evolutionary shift in human consciousness is challenging and delegitimizing the forces of global corporate capitalism throughout the world. This higher consciousness is beginning to challenge these forces with the spiritual dynamics of democracy. The author warns us though that the continuous waging of war by the U.S. will probably never end without persistent and massive creative nonviolent civil disobedience. The author also speaks of the emerging Christianity movement as being part of this shift in global consciousness. Also within this challenge is the dysfunction of the human ego. Institutional consumer capitalism feeds on the human ego. This is what makes for a dysfunctional society. The power of the human ego can only be dealt with through a contemplative mind. Thus, emerging Christianity, with its more prophetic and contemplative faith, can serve as an important praxis to this shift in global consciousness. The author summarizes his essay with the thoughts that universal justice and democracy should be a major focus of the emerging Christianity movement. This is to engage all of humankind. The freedom to think great thoughts is what will give credibility to the emerging Christianity movement.
This book is a wake-up call for the twenty-first century church. Milt compares today's church with the first century church model. He believes the church has been weighed in the balance and found wanting, especillay in the areas of personal evangelism and discipleship. He draws on his forty-eight years of bible study, his ministerial experience, and his keen analytical skills to assess what's wrong with the church and gives suggestions on what can be done to fix it. When Milt speaks of the church he is referring, not to an organization, but to an organism, the body of Christ, made up of all true followers of Christ, irregardless of their denominational affiliation. Bible texts are from either the KJV or the NKJV bibles. Much scripture is quoted in this book. This is iinten- tional."Thus sayeth the Lord " is what gives any Christian work its sanction and authority. If God said it. I believe it. And that settles it.
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.
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