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by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

  • ISBN: 0826416276
  • Author: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
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  • Rating: 4.4 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (February 8, 2005)
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  • Category: History
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Saving Christianity From Empire book.

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The Arrogance of Faith: Christianity and Race in America from the Colonial Era to the Twentieth Cent. June 1991 · The Journal of American History. July 2013 · China Information. March 2004 · South Asian Survey.

Saving Christianity from Empire. by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Saving Christianity from Empire examines four central themes. First, the book describes the nuts and bolts of present . Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780826416278.

Jack is the Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of Saint Thomas

Jack is the Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of Saint Thomas. He is the author of books including Is Religion Killing Us, Violence in the Bible and the Quran, Jesus against Christianity, Reclaiming the Missing Jesus, Saving Christianity from Empire, and School of Assassins: Guns, Greed and Globalization. He is a recurring, often requested, speaker at Pilgrim House. He would be on anyones list of the most thoughtful, consistent, and daring activist thinkers in America. He is no accomodationist, because he can find no place for violence, only justice and peace.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer announced his intention to challenge incumbent . Bibliography: Books by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. "Hunger for Justice: the Politics of Food and Faith". Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1980.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer announced his intention to challenge incumbent Democrat Martin Sabo for the Minnesota's 5th congressional district . House of Representatives seat in early 2006. Nelson-Pallmeyer believes that global warming is anthropogenic (caused by humans), as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims, and has proposed a plan in which 80% of greenhouse gas emissions are cut in the United States by 2030. "The Politics of Compassion". Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1986. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Nelson-Pallmeyer’s Saving Christianity from Empire and three other recent books subject the idea of American empire to moral and theological reflection

Saving Christianity from Empire. Nelson-Pallmeyer’s Saving Christianity from Empire and three other recent books subject the idea of American empire to moral and theological reflection. Just as the nation is divided politically over the question of empire, these books expose a moral and theological divide.

5 Books by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Saving Christianity from Empire. New York: Continuum International, 2005. Nelson-Pallmeyer was born as the youngest of four brothers to parents Wayne and Audrey Nelson in 1951. He was born and raised in Minnesota. After graduating with a . in political science, he earned a Master's of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Authentic Hope: It's the end of the world as we know it but soft landings are possible New York: Orbis Books, 2012.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is Assistant Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more than twenty years he has studied and written about the relationship of religion, violence, and peace, and his books include Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus (Trinity Press International) and School of Assassins: Guns, Greed, and Globalization. Is religion killing us?: violence in the Bible and the Quran. This volume by justice and peace studies professor Nelson-Pallmeyer (Univ.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, . iv He is the author of numerous articles and books on faith, hunger, the arms race and . iv. associate professor of justice and peace studies at St. Thomas, is a nationally recognized teacher, writer, public speaker, and activist committed to nonviolent social change. He has written extensively on issues of hunger, poverty, . foreign policy, the historical Jesus, problems of God and violence, and authentic hope. He is the author of numerous articles and books on faith, hunger, the arms race and .

U.S. foreign policy today, as presented in official documents and carried out in Iraq, Afghanistan, and an ill-defined "war on terrorism," commits the United States to seek global domination through the unilateral exercise of military power. Critics and supporters of this policy rightly describe it in reference to empire. Saving Christianity from Empire examines four central themes. First, the book describes the nuts and bolts of present U.S. foreign policy, including the philosophical foundations and practical policy options used to justify and pursue empire. Second, the author asserts that empire distorts Christianity, especially in the U.S. context ―one in which many Christians passively or actively support U.S. global domination through the exercise of unilateral military power, in opposition to the radical nonviolence of Jesus. In the U.S. imperial context, some combination of fear, patriotism, propaganda, and distorted theology results in broad-based support among Christians for policies that are dramatically opposed to authentic Christianity rooted in the life and faith of Jesus. In short, this theme addresses how the U.S. Empire subverts and distorts Christianity. Third, Saving Christianity from Empire describes empire as a key biblical theme. It explores three conflicting biblical streams, one that embraces or aspires to empire, one that portrays opposition to empire as essential for authentic faith, and another that explains imperial domination of Israel-Palestine as deserved punishment for sin. Finally, Saving Christianity from Empire explores the radical nonviolence of Jesus, the nuts and bolts of nonviolent power and nonviolent social change theory and practice, and the practical challenges to Christians living in an imperial nation now understood by many people throughout the world to be the gravest threat to world peace.

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Jack Nelson-Palmeyer's books all have serious titles and one might expect that they would be a little boring. I find them to be easy and thought provoking reads. He discusses things that I have thought about but could never find anyone objective enough to talk about them. I highly recommend his books if you want to understand why the religious texts of the various faiths may be contributing to the warlike state of the world.
Had there been the ability to give this book 3.5 stars I would have. I believe four may be too many and three is not enough. However, since I agree with the general premise, I give it the higher rating.

Pallmeyer makes a strong case that our modern American Empire is now the result of conservative Christian meddling in American foreign policy. To be Christian and to engage in the various imperial activities the American government is currently involved with is an ethical dilemma that cannot be reconciled. Christ spoke of peace and non-violence but nearly every aspect of American foreign policy is the manifestation of violence and territorial ambition. Whatever happened to "turn the other cheek" or the notion that our founding documents promote equality? The Christian right has hijacked American foreign policy and turned it into an Old Testament quest for aggrandizement. Anyone who suggests a different direction is either considered non-Christian or unAmerican, or both. Democrats and Republicans share the blame together.

We have strong republican (small "r") traditions that stem from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and moral vision that stem from the Bible. But somehow these have been mutated into imperial aggression to the detriment of all. Americans are not as safe as we were even before 9-11 because the actions of our government and military have pitted nearly the rest of the world (except for lackeys like Tony Blair) against us. Our faith is in our military, not Christ. Though Pallmeyer doesn't say it, I believe an underlying message is that the moral of the Biblical experience is relevant for today, but the historical context of the various stories is 2500 years out of date.

Fear of attack is what keeps the current political situation from changing. The party in power does nothing to quell people's fears, and the party not in power offers no tanglible solutions of their own. Americans are thus caught in the rhetorical crossfire of two competing (but not conflicting) arguments.

Pallmeyer's argument is somewhat poorly constructed as he uses primarily modern events (events not much older than 15 years) as the basis for his case. Empire is not the invention of the Bush administration. It's been around from our earliest history. People always looked to the horizon for opportunity, but with such opportunity the government grew its attitude of continual growth. We've since filled in our borders (and stole a lot of land from natives and neighbors along the way) but our need to grow continues. Pallmeyer might have had a better book had he taken a more critical view of empire as a way of life (he often quotes William Appleman Williams).

The great victim of American empire is Christianity. A religion of peace is bastardized into an aggressive, unsympathetic movement. For this, Pallmeyer claims, we should be ashamed. Reading the book one could conclude the greatest fear conservative Christians should have (besides Hillary Clinton) is if these really are End Times. Christ may easily confuse the American empire for the Roman empire of his day, and cast his judgment against all of us. What if Revelation is indeed correct, but we've misinterpreted its message?

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