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|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
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.
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Christianity and politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Conservatism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- Controversial literature.
Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1993-2001.
United States -- Church history -- 20th century.
|Publisher|| New York :Delacorte Press,1996
xv, 220 pages ; 20 cm