Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

A Baptist Vision of Religious Liberty & Free and Faithful Politics: The Words and Writings of James M. Dunn

Academic journal article Baptist History and Heritage

A Baptist Vision of Religious Liberty & Free and Faithful Politics: The Words and Writings of James M. Dunn

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A Baptist Vision of Religious Liberty & Free and Faithful Politics: The Words and Writings of James M. Dunn. Edited by Aaron Douglas Weaver. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2018. 343 pp.

Aaron Weaver has assembled a veritable treasure trove of the sage wisdom and wry wit of James M. Dunn. Even the book's generous 343 pages cannot come close to containing a complete corpus. Fortunately, Dr. Weaver is well suited to pick out the pith from Dunn's 19 years as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC).

Weaver interned for me in the fall of 2004 at the BJC where he met James Dunn, who had retired but still visited periodically the BJC offices. During his internship Weaver developed an interest in public advocacy for religious liberty and Dunn's life and ministry in particular. He later wrote his master's thesis on Dunn and penned the well-received volume, James M. Dunn and Soul Freedom (2011), after extensive research and interviews.

For A Baptist Vision, Weaver carefully selected pieces to reflect the considerable depth and breadth of Dunn's product. He organized eight chapters along subject matter lines--including Baptist Identity, Church-State Philosophy, School Prayer, RFRA and Equal Access, and Tuition Tax Credits and Vouchers. Much of this comes from Dunn's writing in the BJC's monthly Report from the Capital. …

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