Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity

Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity

According to new research from the Public Religion Research Institute, there are over 35 million consistently progressive Christians in the United States. Majorities of American Christians support reproductive justice and LGBTQ+ rights. Yet they're erased from our public narrative--only mentioned as outliers to the fundamentalist norm.

In Just Faith, progressive Christian activist and writer Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society, and he resurrects the long but forgotten history of progressive Christianity in the United States that can and must link arms with progressive Muslims and Jews to make the moral case for pluralism, human dignity, and the common good. Graves-Fitzsimmons provides a blueprint for this type of resurrection based on his advocacy work at the intersection of religion and American politics. Graves-Fitzsimmons creates a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that unapologetically fights for its values to impact the biggest political battles of our time--from immigration and economic fairness to LGBTQ+ rights and abortion rights--so that progressive Christians will stop lowering their voices when they identify as Christians. "What kind of Christian are you?" they'll be asked. And they'll even be understood when they reply with a smile, "The good kind."

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506462523
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 240
  • Publication Date September 15, 2020

Table of Contents

Part 1: Reclaiming Our Bold Tradition
Chapter 1: The Social Gospel
Chapter 2: Civil Rights Movement
Chapter 3: Liberation Theology
Chapter 4: The Fundamentalists' Revenge (And Progressives Fold)
Part 2: Where We Are: Strangers to our own faith
Chapter 5: Trump and the Religious Right
Chapter 6: Religious left nonexistent
Chapter 7: Church membership decline and the nones
Part Three: Where We Can Go: Reclaiming our faith
Chapter 8: Religious progressives exist
Chapter 9: Reclaiming what we can
Chapter 10: Institution building
Chapter 11: Radical Politics
Chapter 12: Bold Theology of Inclusion