Faithful Discipleship in a Partisan World

C. Andrew Doyle

Feb/2020, 272 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640652019



A must-read for Christians in the present political conversation

Citizen helps Christians find our place in the politics of the world. In these pages, Bishop Andy Doyle offers a Christian virtue ethic grounded in fresh anthropology. He offers a vision of the individual Christian within the reign of God and the life of the broader community. He adds to the conversation in both church and culture by offering a renewed theological underpinning to the complex nature of Christianity in a post-modern world.

How did we get here? Is this the way it has to be? Are there implications for conversations about politics within the church? Doyle contends that our current debates are not about one partisan narrative winning, but communities of diversity being unified by a relationship with God's grand narrative. Crafting a deep theological conversation with a unified approach to the Old and New Testament, Citizen asks, what does it truly mean to live in community?

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Audience: Clergy, lay leaders, general readers, Christians interested in political conversation

C. Andrew Doyle, ninth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, summarizes his autobiography in six words: “Met Jesus on pilgrimage; still walking.” He is author of Unity in Mission, Unabashedly Episcopalian, CHURCH, A Generous Community, Small Batch, The Jesus Heist, and Vocātiō: Imaging a Visible Church. He and his family live in Houston. Follow him on Twitter at @texasbishop or catch his popular weekly podcast and Bible study blog at

"An alternative to both apathy and anger, Citizen is a call to discover civic hope. 'Follow Jesus,' Bishop Doyle urges in a winsome and compelling way, and you’ll find yourself mending God’s garden--God’s home--that is our shared world."
––Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture

"A keen-eyed theological analysis of where we are today as Christians."
––Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School

Foreword by Cynthia Briggs Kittredge 

Introduction: Engaging an Apathetic Christian Citizen 

Chapter One: A Birth Narrative 

Chapter Two: Our Beloved Civil Religion 

Chapter Three: A Frame for Christian Citizenship 

Chapter Four: A Garden Social Imaginary 

Chapter Five: Rejection of Dominion Politics 

Chapter Six: Prophetic Citizenship 

Chapter Seven: A Differentiated Wilderness Society 

Chapter Eight: The Rise of King and Prophet 

Chapter Nine: A Step into God’s Story 

Chapter Ten: A Different Destiny 

Chapter Eleven: A Decolonized Citizenship 

Chapter Twelve: The Story of the Disinherited 

Chapter Thirteen: The Hive Lens 
Chapter Fourteen: Vineyard, Sword, and Cross 

Chapter Fifteen: The State’s Accountability to God 

Chapter Sixteen: A Tabling Christian Citizenship 

Conclusion: No Pleasant Valley Sunday 

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  • politics
  • liberal
  • conservative
  • American
  • theology
  • community

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