A Lens of Love (Paper)

Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World

  • 9780664263546
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 216
  • 62.50
  • Paper
  • 0664263542
  • 9/19/2018
  • 3-5 days processing
$ 16.00


In order to engage the Bible in the spirit of justice, compassion, and love, Jonathan L. Walton suggests reading the Bible in its world for our world. Perfect for individual or group study, A Lens of Love helps Christians to read and interpret the Bible morally and confidently as they engage society’s pressing issues. Walton provides interpretive tools to help understand the context of the Scriptures along with the Scriptures themselves in order to engage the richness of the Bible as they strive to live in the world in a biblically grounded, theologically sound, and socially responsible way.


 “Jonathan L. Walton is one of the very few grand figures in American culture who is both public intellectual and prophetic preacher. His brilliant work and visionary words are legendary at Harvard and throughout the country and the world. This timely book is another testament to his calling, rooted in the legacies of Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Elijah Mays, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Fannie Lou Hamer!”
—Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard University

“A Lens of Love: Reading the Bible in Its World for Our World excels in bringing together intellectual engagement and a passionate love of God and Scripture. Clearly and beautifully written, it sets a model for how to do biblical theology right—how to come together and reason, how to live faithfully toward justice. It shows how to bring practical theology and social ethics together and inspires its readers to live out a just and faithful Christian identity.”
—Laura S. Nasrallah, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Harvard Divinity School

“Springing from the questions, anxieties, and frustrations of the millennials whom he serves, this text gives voice to many of the reasons why people of Christian faith have become either activated or disillusioned by the tyrannies of this moment. Through the powerful narratives of his young constituents and a reclamation of a historical lineage of progressive evangelicalism, Walton contends that the development of a just, contextual, and informed biblical hermeneutic is a critical tool for showing up and speaking up.”
—Neichelle R. Guidry, Dean of Sisters Chapel and Director of the WISDOM Center, Spelman College, and creator of shepreaches organization


“In a culture of extreme polarization and otherizing, I’m grateful for the voice of Dr. Jonathan L. Walton and his latest book, A Lens of Love. In a society that tends to place ourselves—intentionally or unintentionally—in an echo chamber where our assumptions and beliefs are merely affirmed

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