God's Politics

God's Politics

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

Book - 2005
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Conservative evangelicals have hugged their Bibles, worn their flag pins, and self-righteously attempted to co-opt 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. Drawing on his experiences with the poor, with preachers, and with presidents, Wallis points a way for every person to draw on their faith and spiritual tradition to do their part, offering practical tips for how one can enact the spiritual ethic in their own public lives. Wallis finds the current conservative, liberal, and libertarian options out-of-ste
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060558284
0060558288
Branch Call Number: 261.7 Wallis
Characteristics: xxiv, 384 p. ;,24 cm.

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epltina Jun 09, 2012

Despite the US focus (Republicans and Democrats) Jim Wallis shares a great perspective on the true "politics" of the bible and how no political party has any claim on the message, teaching or call to action. I found it a really easy read with lots of logical, practical and through-provoking insights. Excellent read.

And totally agree -budgets ARE moral documents.

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vegan443
Jun 02, 2012

A good reminder that abortion is not the only moral issue that we vote on. As my wife and I quote often "budgets are moral documents."

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