A Faith of Our Own by Jonathan Merritt

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I’m glad that it’s books like these that are published, selling well, and again, I think this is a great starting point for needed conversation and this is perhaps what I like most.
-Black Coffee Reflections

Synopsis

Every day, major headlines tell the story of how Christianity is attempting to influence American culture and politics. But statistics show that young Americans are disenchanted with a faith that has become culturally antagonistic and too closely aligned with partisan politics. In this personal yet practical work, Jonathan Merritt uncovers the changing face of American Christianity by uniquely examining the coming of age of a new generation of Christians.

Jonathan Merritt illuminates the spiritual ethos of this new generation of believers who engage the world with Christ-centered faith but an un-polarized political perspective. Through personal stories and biblically rooted commentary this scion of a leading evangelical family takes a close, thoughtful look at the changing religious and political environment, addressing such divisive issues as abortion, gay marriage, environmental use and care, race, war, poverty, and the imbalance of world wealth. Through Scripture, the examples of Jesus, and personal defining faith experiences, he distills the essential truths at the core of a Christian faith that is now just coming of age.
 

About Jonathan Merritt

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Jonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer who has published over 350 articles in outlets such as USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com and Christianity Today. He is author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet, which Publisher's Weekly called "mandatory reading for churchgoers." As a respected Christian voice, he has been interviewed by ABC World News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Jonathan resides outside of Atlanta, GA where he actively serves and teaches at Cross Pointe Church. You can follow him, but please, only on twitter: @jonathanmerritt
 
Published May 8, 2012 by FaithWords. 215 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

The Gospel Coalition

Below average
Reviewed by Trevin Wax on May 08 2012

Unfortunately, I don’t think Merritt has offered a substantive way forward in political involvement.

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Englewood Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Scott Elliott on May 17 2012

Although some parts are sad, and even hard to read, it is a book full of hope for the future of Christianity.

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Christianity Today

Below average
Reviewed by Matthew Anderson on May 24 2012

But by the end, I was left wondering whether A Faith of Our Own is practical and substantive enough to help today's Christians transcend the culture war, as Merritt claims they desire.

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Black Coffee Reflections

Good
Reviewed by Tim Ghali on Jul 19 2012

I’m glad that it’s books like these that are published, selling well, and again, I think this is a great starting point for needed conversation and this is perhaps what I like most.

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Brandan Robertson

Good
Reviewed by Brandan Robertson on Jul 18 2012

I expected Jon Merritt to reflect his fathers views- but instead, he is innovating and getting the pulse of what we young evangelicals truly desire- and it is so refreshing to read!

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J. D. Greear

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Reviewed by J. Greear on Jun 27 2012

Unfortunately, Merritt’s prescription is unclear... Beyond counseling Christians to be more civil with others, it is difficult to see how A Faith of Our Own will disarm the warring parties.

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Ignorant Historian

Good
on May 08 2012

For me, I agreed with so much up to that point that I didn’t find it challenging. I wish I could say the same for the last couple of chapters, but if I’m honest I have to admit I don’t put hands and feet to my beliefs as much as I should...That is exactly what I needed to read. I hope you’ll pick up this book and be challenged, too.

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No Wayz Tired

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Reviewed by Marsha Randolph on May 07 2012

“A Faith of Our Own” by Jonathan Merritt is an important read particularly for those of you who consider yourselves political junkies.

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