“Austin’s sound arguments, welcoming tone, and emphasis on building peace alongside protections of individual rights have potential to sway Christians on both sides of the discourse around faith and firearms.”

~ Publishers Weekly

Politics & Prose
Hearts & Minds
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Check out the foreword, preface, and first chapter here.

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“With insight, brilliance, and conviction, Austin shows us how to match what the Bible, the evidence, and Christian discernment say about God and guns in America with corresponding actions we can undertake to reduce the dangers and suffering that so often attend to them.”

Rob Schenck, from the foreword

God and Guns in America is required reading for any follower of Jesus interested in the gun debate. The book takes the Bible and the gospel seriously, and also has a good grasp of the legal issues and historical background around the Second Amendment, as well as the public policy issues involved with meaningful control of gun violence. Austin advocates a third way between pacifism and just war notions of the use of violence, which he calls ‘peacebuidling.’ Most readers will likely find something they disagree with, but this is a fine work of theological integration around one of our culture’s most vexing issues. It is a substantive contribution and a helpful way forward.”

Scott B. Rae, Biola University

“Michael Austin exposes the economic forces that have driven America’s gun culture since the end of the Civil War and challenges Christians to be peacebuilders in a violent world, offering a way forward in making it harder for us to harm one another with guns.”

Rev. Deanna Hollas, Presbyterian Church (USA)

“This is an important book – comprehensive yet concise, well researched yet accessible, with a balanced treatment of the theological, ethical, and legal issues related to guns. Highly recommended!”

David Gushee, Mercer University

Who is this book for?

The gun debates in America often generate more heat than light. This book will help you think about these debates in a deeper way, beyond sound bites and cliches. This book is for anyone interested in thinking about guns in America from a Christian perspective. It is grounded in the conviction that we can reduce gun violence while protecting individual rights. It’s for people who’ve never owned a gun. It’s also for people who own and love guns, sitting in a duck blind at dawn or practicing at the range after work.ย 

If you decide to read it, let me know what you think!

About the author

Michael W. Austin

I’m a philosophy professor helping people cultivate character and contribute to the common good.






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