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The Subversive Manifesto: Lifting the Lid on God's Political Agenda Paperback – 20 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) (20 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841012114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841012117
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God has a political agenda - and it’s a subversive one. This is the message of a new book written by Ekklesia’s director, Jonathan Bartley.
“The Subversive Manifesto” is a call on Christians to rediscover the political dimension of their faith, and a challenge that Christianity should be more about subverting the social order than defending it.
Subtitled; “Lifting the lid on God’s political agenda” the book draws on the author’s own experiences in Parliament, as part of the Rt Hon John Major’s campaign team in the 1995 Conservative party leadership election, and work for several Christian campaigning organisations.
In so doing, the political approaches of Christians working both inside and outside the corridors of power are questioned thoughtfully. The author also challenges the way that current debates within the church have taken place, in particular the ‘tribalism’ that divides Christians into factions over issues such as homosexuality.
Tackling subjects such as sexual ethics, family policy, disestablishment, war and the arms trade, the book argues that Christians must reject the quest for power and influence that so often characterises their political involvement.
The author calls on the church, instead, to embrace a new politics based upon the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The book concludes by calling for the church to return to her roots as a subversive political movement that accepts Jesus’ radical call to embrace the values of the Kingdom of God
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Early on, Bartlett describes how someone 'misinterprets' the parable of the good Samaratan, and the dangers of taking a "personal and private reading of scripture".

Sadly he does not take his own advice. His own views include support of gay sex, belief in Global Warming, evolution, anti-Israel, support of those who deny the doctrine of penal substitution. (Presumably why its forwarded by Steve Chalke).
If I'd known all that before buying the book, I would not have bothered. There is little to learn from a 'Christian' who has (imo) abandoned the Bible.

Curiously the broad brush of his theology seems sound, but when it comes to specifics he simply tries to justify his own views rather than use Biblical exegesis.

The issue of homosexuality is an indicator of our time. Bartley has come out (aside from the book) in favour of gay sexual relationships.
He uses the common arguments of 'equality' and 'fairness', where provided thse are covered with the blanket of 'love', Biblical moral instruction can be ignored.
Of course I have my bias - happily declared - a bias to try and base my thinking on the Word of God above all. And I do not see how the Bible does anything but condemn homosexual behaviour.

If I could be bothered to follow Bartley's writings in left-leaning and/or green publications, I have no doubt that he has eagerly suported gay marriage, and will be in the vanguard of support of further marriage variants which are surely on their way.

The book was written in 2003, and he writes that all 3 main parties had leaders who profess a Christian faith, and claims there is a 'staggering reawakening of Christian involvement in politics', and a 'renaissance'.
With 10 years hindsight this is homourously naive.

With Christian thinkers like Bartley, God help this country. Please God.
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