God's Politics Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It

ISBN-10: 0060558288

ISBN-13: 9780060558284

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jim Wallis

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A leading voice of Christians in this country offers a prophetic indictment against our pursuit of individual spiritualities to the exclusion of any social responsibility for the common good, as well as the lack of political options for believers who want to link their personal ethics to social justice. Conservative evangelicals have hugged their Bibles, worn their flag pins, and selfrighteously attempted to coopt any discussion of religion and politics. Liberals are embarrassed to discuss their religious beliefs in public and attempt to avoid the subject altogether. Is there an appropriate way Christians and other morally concerned people can express their faith and values in the public debate while still supporting the constitutional separation of church and state? We've become great at pursuing our individual 'spiritualities', but in the process may have lost sight of the power of religious belief for motivating social reform. What we need is something akin to the social politics of Jesus: speaking out for peace, justice, the poor and disenfranchised; while speaking out against oppressive government and rampant commercialism. Wallis points a way for every person to draw on their faith and spiritual tradition to do their part in their own public lives.
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/11/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Jim Wallis was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 4, 1948. He graduated from Michigan State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is an evangelical Christian writer and political activist, best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners Magazine and of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. He has written numerous books including The Great Awakening; Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008), God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (2005), Faith Works: How Faith Based Organizations Are Changing Lives, Neighborhoods, and America (2000), The Soul of Politics: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left (1995) and The Call to Conversion (1981).

Introduction : why can't we talk about religion and politics?
Take back the faith
A lack of vision
Is there a politics of God?
Protest is good; alternatives are better
How should your faith influence your politics?
Prophetic politics
Be not afraid
Not a just war
Dangerous religion
Blessed are the peacemakers
Against impossible odds
Micah's vision for national and global security
The poor you will always have with you?
Poor people are trapped - in the debate about poverty
Isaiah's platform
Amos and Enron
The tipping point
A consistent ethic of life
Truth telling about race
The ties that bond
The critical choice
Epilogue : we are the ones we've been waiting for
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