If we want to understand contemporary American culture wars, we must first come to grips with the culture wars of the nineteenth century.
Contemporary America is fiercely divided between the left and the right on cultural issues, we're increasingly unable to draw biblical distinctions and think about these topics as Scripture does. In this book, Douglas Wilson explains how our nation's failure to remove slavery in a biblical fashion has led us to many of the quagmires we find ourselves in and until we grapple with issues like racism, hate speech, and the biblical position on slavery, we will continue to repeat the same mistakes our ancestors did. This collection of essays lays out the answers from a view unafraid of historic, biblical orthodoxy, as well as addressing some of the controversies surrounding the previous edition of the book.
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"The Reverend Douglas Wilson may not be a professional historian, as his detractors say, but he has a strong grasp of the essentials of the history of slavery and its relation to Christian doctrine. Indeed, sad to say, his grasp is a great deal stronger than that of most professors of American history, whose distortions and trivializations disgrace our college classrooms. And the Reverend Mr. Wilson is a fighter, especially effective in defense of Christianity against those who try to turn Jesus' way of salvation into pseudo-moralistic drivel." -Eugene Genovese, Ph.D. Columbia University, Bancroft Prize author of Roll Jordan Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Wilson makes that old-time religion contemporary not by dumbing it down for the huddled masses, but through his trademark winsome snark. God's people are better for it. His enemies -- not so much." -Steve Deace, nationally syndicated radio host
"More like a lumberjack than a pastor, even when he wears a suit." -The New York Times
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"I much prefer Wilson's sincerity to the vague and Python-esque witterings of the interfaith and ecumenical groups who barely respect their own traditions. He is willing to maintain very staunchly that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and that his sacrifice redeems our state of sin." -Christopher Hitchens
"When friends ask me where I go for wise cultural analysis, the first name that always comes to mind is Doug Wilson. For years, I've found Doug's commentary on culture, politics, economics, and family to be profoundly insightful and biblically faithful. In Rules for Reformers, Doug has packaged his wise and witty cultural commentary with shrewd and gracious application of the Scriptures. In doing so, he's given those of us who love the gospel a manifest for grace-driven cultural reformation." -Joe Rigney, author of The Things of Earth and Live Like a Narnian and professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary
Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Is Christianity Good for the World, Evanjellyfish, Rules for Reformers, and Future Men.
AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 122 pages
ISBN 10: 159128032X
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2005
Solid thesis, and aptly argued. A bit of a piecemeal collection of essays, but Wilson admits as much.
This is a much needed perspective in history of the United states for Christians who want to understand how we got in this state. ,
We read things in this book that the public school system NEVER taught us. There's reason enough to buy it!
Doug Wilson had me hanging on every word of this book.
Black and Tan: Essays and Excursions on Slavery, Culture War, and Scripture in America
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