Howard Zinn's account of the rise of American empire in eight-and-a-half insightful minutes. Zinn, whose A People's History of the United States provided a welcome alternative, died January 27 at the age of 87.
This year's reading "offers three things rarely found in a single volume: solid science clearly presented, winsome Christian theology rooted in sound biblical interpretation, and much practical wisdom on what we individually and collectively can and should do," says Steven Bouma-Prediger, author of For the Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care.
"Should Christians be concerned about the environment in the first place? Isn't Christianity about saving souls? Won't the return of Jesus render all our environmental efforts redundant in any case?" Co-authors Nick Spencer, Robert White, and Virginia Vroblesky tackle these basic questions with biblical answers centered on Isaiah 40-66.
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In a two-part series, "Obama's Niebuhrian Moment," published online last week by the journal First Things, Ronald Osborn analyzes President Obama's use of the Christian Realism set forth by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, as reflected in the President's Nobel Prize acceptance speech. Then, Oborn then points to Martin Luther King Jr for a more Christian -- and realistic -- political ethic:
So what might an alternative realistic political ethic be, if not Niebuhr’s Christian Realism, with its pessimistic view of human nature and its hopelessly optimistic belief that policy makers can somehow manage a politics of violence without corrupting or destroying the ideals they say they are fighting for? The most eloquent voice for a constructive Christian ethic in times of war remains that of Martin Luther King Jr. His sermons and speeches—including his 1964