Third Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire

Book, 2011, 124 pp
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In this collection of essays, Tripp York makes the case that both nations and the church require total allegiance and that Christians should choose Christ over state.

Includes discussion questions.

(18 sessions)
“The quasi-Christian civic religion of America is like an immunization shot: people get just enough surrogate Christianity to keep them from getting the real thing! Third Way Allegiance is a powerful cure to this widespread diabolic affliction. I don’t know any work that so succinctly and effectively helps readers wake up to the way many values and practices of the American empire and of the American church are opposed to the kingdom Jesus established. This well-written, provocative, and insightful little book needs to be in the hands of every American serious about following Jesus.” —Greg Boyd, Author, The Myth of a Christian Nation; Pastor, Woodland Hills Church; and Adjunct Professor

“Drawing on a cloud of witnesses, Tripp York juxtaposes the politics and liturgies of Christianity with those of U.S. culture, challenging contemporary Christians to rethink the powers that truly hold their allegiances. Those who allow York’s vignette’s and questions to confront their assumptions cannot help but find their lives changed.” —M. Therese Lysaught, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theology, Marquette University

“Reader beware! This collection of essays may cause insomnia, bold new insight, heated debate, and exuberant bursts of radical discipleship. Tripp York agitates, stimulates, and occasionally pontificates. But here is a mother lode of rich ethical reflection, mined by a Christian scholar and teacher with a heart for the church. Third Way Allegiance is perfect as a small group study guide, an adult education elective, or a personal wake-up call to lived faith.” —J. Nelson Kraybill, President Emeritus, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Lead Pastor, Prairie Street Mennonite Church (Elkhart, Ind.)

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