By Rick Herrick, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2020
A Christian Foreign Policy: New Ways to Think About the Problem is a nonfiction book written for a lay and scholarly audience. The purpose of the book is to present a new model for thinking about the relationship between religion and politics. Passage picking from Christian scriptures is rejected as an approach because the Bible can be used to support any political position one chooses to take. Instead a new approach to political decision making from a religious perspective is developed from the insights of process theology. I illustrate the new model with case studies pertaining to American foreign policy because I taught courses on this topic for twenty years at the university level.
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From the back cover:
This short book draws a profound link between openheartedness as a core element of the experience of G-d and the practical stance Christians should take toward what we call “foreign policy.” Using specific case studies, Herrick shows us how Christians can be guided by love when they think about complex questions such as how to evaluate whether a war is just or how to engage lovingly but practically with countries pursuing policies they regard as harmful. This book movingly illustrates the Christian path toward what I would call “tikkum olam,” the healing rather than the fixing of the world. — Peter Gabel, Editor-at-Large of Tikkun magazine and the author of The Desire for Mutual Recognition.
I found Rick Herrick’s book, A Christian Foreign Policy, interesting and insightful. In this book, the former professor explores a different approach to developing a Christian foreign policy that is both provocative and sane. It’s a small book with big ideas. I highly recommend it for both scholars and laypeople. — Fred Plumer, ret. President of ProgressiveChristianity.org
Dr. Rick Herrick (PhD, Tulane University), a former tenured university professor and magazine editor, is the author of four published novels and two works of nonfiction.