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God and Guns in America
PAPERBACK; Coming Soon: 5/12/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7643-0
Price: $ 21.99
216 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 5.50 x 8.50
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What would it look like for Christians to go beyond thoughts and prayers in their response to gun violence? 

The gun debate is raging in America. Mass shootings in El Paso, the Tree of Life Synagogue, Stoneman Douglas High School, Las Vegas, Pulse Nightclub, and Sandy Hook Elementary demand action. Senseless acts of gun violence—some involving police (e.g., Michael Brown) and some not (e.g., Trayvon Martin)—spark controversy about the right to own a gun. Yet many still regard gun ownership and use as an essential part of what it means to be an American. 

How should Christians think and act with respect to guns and gun ownership? God and Guns in America provides a thoughtful, measured, robust, and articulate biblical treatment of an issue that is too often treated with more heat than light. Ethicist Michael Austin ultimately defends the view—from a Christian but non-pacifist perspective—that (1) the right to own and use a gun is a conditional right, (2) using a gun to harm another person is only morally permissible as a last resort, and (3) more legal restrictions are needed in the United States. 

Austin’s book is for anyone who wants to consider the issue of guns in America from a Christian perspective—whether they are gun owners themselves or not.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: God, Guns, and America

Chapter 2: The Right to Own a Gun

Chapter 3: Guns, Lies, and Bad Arguments

Chapter 4: Violence, Guns, and the Gospel

Chapter 5: A Bible and a Gun

Chapter 6: Christ, Character, and a Colt .45

Chapter 7: More than Thoughts and Prayers

 

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