Faith and Politics: How the "Moral Values" Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together [Unabridged]

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As a former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an ordained Episcopal priest, John Danforth has watched the changes in his party and the church with growing alarm. Now he wants to voice his concerns and call for change. Danforth speaks out clearly against the religious right’s conflation of their political agenda with a religious agenda. He argues that no one should presume to embody God’s truth. He castigates the religious right for their focus on wedge issues that drive people apart and that create “tests” for religious orthodoxy. In fact, Danforth looks closely at many of the major wedge issues of our day: abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage, the Schiavo case, and public displays of religion. In Faith and Politics, Danforth provides a blueprint for moving forward that is based on years of hard-won political experience and a life of religious service by calling for Christians to look to the Bible and Christian teachings for ways in which they can practice their faith day to day so as to inspire a trust and focus on common ground, not fringe issues. As a respected former senator, ambassador to Sudan, priest, and especially here as an author who writes openly about political life, and ambition, humbly about his achievements, and above all with clarity and reason that both Republicans and Democrats hear all too little of, Senator Danforth is uniquely qualified to call for the change we so desperately need.

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"John Danforth was a Republican senator and is an Episcopal priest, and he is deeply disturbed by his party's engagement with religion. He knows whereof he speaks in this meditation about the contested terrain where politics and religion intersect."
-George F. Will

"Heed the call of this certain trumpet! No one speaks with more clarity, honesty or sincerity than my old friend Jack Danforth. When things would get rough in the U.S. Senate, he was the guy we would send off to negotiate our way out of the tough problems with the troops on the other side of the aisle. Heed this thoughtful and provocative message. He always gave his very best. He again does so here."
-Alan Simpson, served as Senator from Wyoming 1979-1997

"With passion, clarity, and common sense, John Danforth has given us a great gift: a lucid, powerful book that is at once reflective and instructive. By candidly writing about his own unusual pilgrimage through what Roger Williams called 'the wilderness of the world and the garden of the church,' Danforth--priest and politician--sheds light on the complexities and ambiguities of religion and politics. Jesus once told his followers that 'in this world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer,' and, reading Danforth, one is heartened anew that if we all conduct ourselves with humility and a sense of history, we shall find fresh cause to be of good cheer as we face the storms of the present."
-Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek and author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

"This stirring book--part political memoir, part sermon, part moral plea--reminds us again why the remarkable Jack Danforth has become one of the most respected voices in American political life. His thoughtfulness, deep wisdom, and simple decency radiate from every page, and leave one at the end with rare hope that through commitment, faith and politics can ultimately enrich, and not corrupt, one another."
-Harold Hongju Koh, Dean, Yale Law School

"Danforth's is a welcome voice of reason and moderation during a time of divisive and polarizing rhetoric. As priest and politician he ably sets forth the deeper truths of the Christian tradition with clarity and compassion and applies them to the issues of our time."
-Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, Episcopal Church

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John Danforth is an ordained Episcopal priest and former U.S. senator (R-MO). In 2001, President Bush appointed Danforth as special envoy to Sudan, where he worked to broker a peace agreement that ultimately ended the twenty-year north/south civil war in 2005.

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