Kaitlyn Schiess
2023 |

★ Publishers Weekly starred review "A nuanced look at America's legacy of scriptural language."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Christianity Today 2024 Book Award Finalist (Politics and Public Life) How do Bible passages written thousands of years ago apply to politics today? What can we learn from America's history of using the Bible in politics? How can we converse with people whose views differ from our own? In The Ballot and the Bible, Kaitlyn Schiess explores these questions and more. She unpacks examples of how Americans have connected the Bible to politics in the past, highlighting times it was applied well and times it was egregiously misused. Schiess combines American political history and biblical interpretation to help readers faithfully read Scripture, talk with others about it, and apply it to contemporary political issues--and to their lives. Rather than prescribing what readers should think about specific hot-button issues, Schiess outlines core biblical themes around power, allegiance, national identity, and more. Readers will be encouraged to pursue a biblical basis for their political engagement with compassion and confidence.

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The Ballot and the Bible

How Scripture Has Been Used and Abused in American Politics and Where We Go from Here