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Third Way Allegiance
Christian Witness in the
Shadow of Religious Empire

Tripp York

Summary: In this collection of essays, Tripp York makes the case that both nations and the church require total allegiance and that Christians should choose Christ over state.

“The quasi-Christian civic religion of America is like an immunization shot: people get just enough surrogate Christianity to keep them from getting the real thing! Third Way Allegiance is a powerful cure to this widespread diabolic affliction. I don’t know any work that so succinctly and effectively helps readers wake up to the way many values and practices of the American empire and of the American church are opposed to the kingdom Jesus established. This well-written, provocative, and insightful little book needs to be in the hands of every American serious about following Jesus.”  —Greg Boyd, Author, The Myth of a Christian Nation; Pastor, Woodland Hills Church; and Adjunct Professor

“Behind the light and engaging tone of Third Way Allegiance lies a powerful punch—what the truth of the gospel looks like when lived with joy, faith, and authenticity. Drawing on a cloud of witnesses, Tripp York juxtaposes the politics and liturgies of Christianity with those of U.S. culture, challenging contemporary Christians to rethink the powers that truly hold their allegiances. Those who allow York’s vignette’s and questions to confront their assumptions cannot help but find their lives changed.” —M. Therese Lysaught, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theology, Marquette University

“Reader beware! This collection of essays may cause insomnia, bold new insight, heated debate, and exuberant bursts of radical discipleship. Tripp York agitates, stimulates, and occasionally pontificates. But here is a mother lode of rich ethical reflection, mined by a Christian scholar and teacher with a heart for the church. Third Way Allegiance is perfect as a small group study guide, an adult education elective, or a personal wake-up call to lived faith.” —J. Nelson Kraybill, President Emeritus, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Lead Pastor, Prairie Street Mennonite Church (Elkhart, Ind.); Author, Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation (Brazos, 2010)

"Tripp York’s call to a different type of allegiance is something that can transform your faith in a powerful way; it certainly has mine. I invite you to turn the page with me, begin the wrestling match, and embark on your journey of allegiance to the gospel of Jesus."  —Matt Litton, Author, The Mockingbird Parables: Transforming Lives through the Power of Story, in the Foreword

Market: High school, college, and seminary students; congregational study groups; anyone interested in a provocative call to give highest allegiance not to any earthly nation but to the kingdom of God under the lordship of Jesus.

Shelving: Discipleship in contemporary culture; Theology—Third Way, Anabaptist, Mennonite; Bible study—individual and small group. BISAC: Religion.

The Author: Tripp York teaches in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Western Kentucky University. He has written numerous books including The Purple Crown: The Politics of Martyrdom. The book’s study guide was produced by Chuck Seay, pastor of Sheffield (Ala.) First Church of the Nazarene. Seay has a BA and an MA in Religion, both from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Potential Copublisher: Herald Press
Publication date: July 2011
Pages: 124 with discussion questions by Chuck Seay; notes
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $12.95 US/Can. ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-82-9; ISBN 10: 1-931038-82-1


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