Ethical Religion and Christian Activism

A Handbook for the Modern Christian Making Church Life Meaningful

by John Shellenberger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/14/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 268
ISBN : 9781532097027
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 268
ISBN : 9781532097041
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 268
ISBN : 9781532097034

About the Book

In the realm of Christian publications targeting the laity, this book is unique – and revolutionary. It argues that the essence of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth was ethical rather than “religious”, that Christians who identify themselves as “followers of Jesus” need to think and act in ethical terms, and that the role of the church is to promote discussion of issues from an ethical perspective – and then to act appropriately. The first part of the book considers how the stories and sayings of Jesus were influenced by the intervening period of oral transmission between his life and when the Gospels were written – and what the core message was that he was trying to convey. The latter part of the book looks at multiple contemporary issues and how an ethical perspective regards them. It concludes that, rather than eschew dealing with controversial issues, the church should be the forum for such discussions. The final Appendix section provides supporting historical and reference information. This is a book for the thoughtful lay person who is having trouble reconciling what he/she really thinks with what they hear from the pulpit, what they remember from childhood, and what most churches preach and represent. This book encourages churches and church people to become active in their communities as centers of public activity and to engage in service for their communities. It reinterprets the message of Jesus and the message of the church, encouraging churches to become a redeeming voice in their communities. An abundance of literature exists on traditional Christian religion. This book provides the reader with a serious, relevant and thoughtful perspective that the general lay person will find enlightening and useful.

About the Author

John received his Theology & Ethics degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary and his M.A. degree in Political Science from Stanford University. He spent several years as a Presbyterian pastor before taking up a career in financial services. He continues his interest in religion and ethics and has studied and written articles in the interim. John also writes about environmental issues and hosts a radio program WILDERNESS & WILDLIFE with a companion website: He is the author of a blog, POLITICS, RELIGION & THE ENVIRONMENT which can be viewed at After living for several years in Bozeman, Montana, John & his wife now reside near Seattle.