Press Release: The Politics of Witness

The Politics of WitnessJune 8, 2011


Gonzalez, Florida

New Book, Politics of Witness: The Character of the Church in the World

Energion Publications is pleased to announce the release of the third book in its popular Areopagus series, The Politics of Witness: The Character of the Church in the World by Dr. Allan R. Bevere.

Dr. Bevere begins the dialogue on this important subject, the character of the church in the world. He ties the church’s witness to politics and politics to ecclesiology. β€œI ask the church to consider the recovery of a robust political ecclesiology that sees the very life and witness of the ecclesia as its politics, and the primary and central political posture of the church toward the nations is not one of influence in the political chambers of Washington D.C., but by embodying in its collective life what God expects of the nations.”

In agreement with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas who said, β€œIt is God and not the nations who rules this world,” Dr. Bevere believes that most Christians believe in the truth of that statement, but only in the abstract. When Christians align themselves with the left or the right, Republicans or Democrats, they are actually stating that it is the nations running the world.

The Politics of Witness will be released on June 13, 2011 and is 92 pages in length.


About the Author:

Allan R. Bevere is a pastor with the West Akron Regional Ministry of the United Methodist Church (Akron, Ohio) and a Professional Fellow in Theology at Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland, Ohio). He received his Ph.D from the University of Durham, U.K. He has written three books, The Character of Our Discontent, Sharing in the Inheritance: Identity and the Moral Life in Colossians and All Is Not As It Seems: Random Reflections on Faith, Ethics, and Politics, and is currently working on several more. He has published sermons, contributed articles to a Bible Dictionary, and most recently contributed a chapter to Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives in Honor of James D. G. Dunn for His 70th Birthday. Bevere engages in a teaching mission in Cuba with the United Methodist Church. He is married and has four children.


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