Building a Better World
How faith makes a difference in life and to society, and can contribute to changing the world for the better. 'Malcolm Duncan pleads with the Church to recognise that we cannot change the world on our own....
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How faith makes a difference in life and to society, and can contribute to changing the world for the better.
'Malcolm Duncan pleads with the Church to recognise that we cannot change the world on our own. And he challenges those who have dismissed the teaching of Christ as irrelevant or obsolete to stop and take the time to think again.' Steve Chalke, from his foreword
It is often assumed that social action and religious faith are unrelated. Those with a passion for justice do not always see a place for faith, and those with religious conviction do not always see how it can impact society. Malcolm Duncan, demonstrates the vital connection between the two and highlights what this can mean to both individuals and communities in the effort to 'make poverty history'.
This book is for all who are concerned to make a difference in society. It invites those of faith and those of none into a conversation, a journey, looking at how the world can be made a better place. Eminently practical, it goes to the heart of the radical Christianity which is Jesus' legacy.
We all know there is a lot wrong with the world and we all have someone to blame. We do our bit, if we know what bit to do, but we can't take responsibility for it all and, for the most part, we shield ourselves from the worst. This is not unreasonable. Yet where does it lead? To a dead end. Change for the better won't happen without individual engagement and determination. So what is to be done? What can be more than a drop in the ocean? Can those who are trying to make a difference find ways to increase their impact? This book seeks to address these questions in a practical but also faith-filled way. The key point is that all of society is affected by faith. What that means, and how it can be more effective in bringing change, form the essence of the book's message. It is a message of hope in a society for whom the future can seem all too bleak.
Previously Head of Mission at Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Malcolm Duncan is now Movement Director at Faithworks. An Elim minister originally from Northern Ireland, he is a prolific speaker and writer. He has most recently written Kingdom Come: The local church as a catalyst for social change and Building A Better World .
- Dedication; Acknowledgements; Foreword Steve Chalke; Introduction; Section One: Does Faith Have A Place?; Chapter One Who Cares; Chapter Two What Difference Does It Make; Section Two: Christian Principles?; Chapter Three A Charter For Change; Chapter Four Positively Christian; Section Three: Personal Implications?; Chapter Five How Shall We Then Live?; Chapter Six Moving On; Postscript Just Us Or Justice? A Word To The Christian Community; Appendix What Are The Key Ingredients For An Effective Christian Social Movement?; More Information About Faithworks; Bibliography.