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Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church
Brueggemann, Walter

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007 pp. xii + 209. $19.95

Description: In this work Walter Brueggemann sets forth a new vision of the Christian church in today's world. Based on recent speaking engagements surrounding his critical passion and conviction-that the church in this moment must set itself in tension with the rest of the world-the essays in Mandate to Difference call the church to courageously defy political polarization, consumerism, and militarism. "If this is God's world and if the rule of love is at work," he writes, "then our mandate is not to draw into a cocoon of safety; rather, it is to be out and alive in the world in concrete acts and policies whereby the fearful anxiety among us is dispatched and adversaries can be turned to allies and to friends."

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology

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Review by Stephan Joubert
Published 2/23/2008
Citation: Stephan Joubert, review of Walter Brueggemann, Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2008).

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