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Who speaks for God? : an alternative to the religious right--a new politics of compassion, community, and civility

by Wallis, Jim.

Format: Print Book 1996
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 261.7 W21
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  261.7 W21
A prominent evangelical pastor offers a provocative political and socialmanifesto for all Americans who yearn for more spirit-centered politics but arefed up with the Christian Coalition.Most people across the political and religious spectrum agree that our countryis facing a moral and spiritual crisis, and that restoring values to ourpublic policies and discourse has become a critical issue. But while theReligious Right have taken it upon themselves to represent Christian values, their ideas are actually counter both to the teachings of the scriptures andthe historical tradition of evangelical activism, according to Jim Wallis. Who Speaks for God? is his cogent, compelling alternative vision forinfusing a sense of meaning and value into current politics, built around theprinciples of Compassion, Community, and Civility. According to the prophets, COMPASSION--treatment of the poor, the vulnerable, the weak, the children--isthe virtual measure of a nation's righteousness. Whether it builds or destroys, COMMUNITY is the second test of a nation's character, and CIVILITY--thecharacter of political discourse, such as the politics of blame so oftenutilized by the Religious Right--is the last means of assessing a nation. Theseprinciples used together, according to Wallis, will not only adhere to basicChristian doctrine, they will transform our country.Provocative, intelligent, and sure to spark debate, Who Speaks for God? is a call to arms for re-evaluating and radically reworking today'spolitical and social culture.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One of the many quotable things Wallis says expresses well his motivation for writing this book: "We are paralyzed by the politics of false choices and we need a fundamentally new approach." Those false choices, he asserts, are the ones ordinary, liberal-conservative, Left-Right politics poses between personal responsibility and social justice, good values and good jobs, strong families and strong neighborhoods, sexual morality and gay rights, the sanctity of life and women's rights, cultural renewal and the expunging of racism. We can and should choose both members of those pairs, Wallis avers, and if we hold American political behavior to the standards of showing compassion for the poor, fostering community integrity, and maintaining civility of discourse, we can re-create politics to minister to the problems of all citizens. Writing first out of alarm at the Christian Coalition's media-abetted co-option of evangelical Christianity--his brand of faith--Wallis forges the manifesto of a new, nonpartisan, religious impetus in American politics. Inspiring. --Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Wallis (The Soul of Politics, 1994), editor of Sojourners magazine, calls upon Americans to forge a "new spiritual politics beyond the old categories of Left and Right, liberal and conservative." Although he opens each chapter with quotes from Christian Coalition president Pat Robertson as examples of destructive, ideological religion, Wallis also chastises liberals, Democrats and groups like Act Up for contributing to the "impoverishment of American politics." While admonishing us to remember that God, not any self-appointed ideologue, speaks for God, Wallis calls for a spiritually based, not ideologically driven, politics tested by compassion, community and civility. Appendices contain the 1995 "Call for Renewal," written by the Christians for New Political Vision, a group composed of evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants and African American church leaders, which articulates clearly the call for a political vision renewed by spiritual wisdom. Infused with hope, Wallis's book is a refresher course in how religious faith can be brought into accord with citizenship and democracy. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Christian Coalition.
Christianity and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Conservatism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Controversial literature.
Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Christian sociology.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1993-2001.
United States -- Church history -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,1996
Language English
Description xv, 220 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 0385316909
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