WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As an observer of Christianity and public life, Bruce Ashford sees the good, the bad and the ugly of American political engagement. In a new book, "Letters to an American Christian," he is seeking to change it for the better.
In a whimsical yet informative series of letters between Ashford, provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a fictional character named Christian, the book seeks to address hot-button issues and ideologies in today's American culture and how believers can speak thoughtfully and persuasively into them.
"I'm trying to show Christian conservatives how we can be our better selves, and I'm trying to appeal to progressives to show them why more conservative principles would be better for our nation," Ashford said.
The recipient of the letters, Christian, is a university student among professors who are secular progressives and from a family of secular conservatives. In this context, Ashford seeks to help Christian consider how to address such topics as transgenderism, Black Lives Matter, nationalism and the relationship between church and state. Read More