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God's Politics: Why The Right Gets It Wrong And The Left Doesn't Get It

Wallis, Jim

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ISBN 10: 0060558288 / ISBN 13: 9780060558284
Published by HarperSanFrancisco, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2005
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Blue cover. Red endpapers. 384 pages; notes. The top and bottom edges of the spine strip and joints are softened. Four page corners have crease lines. DJ: One fold has a 3/8 in. peeled tear that is tipped back together with glue. Light crease lines are along three edges of the panels. The front flap has a vertical crease line; the back flap has a crease line on the top corner. Scans e-mailed upon request. Bookseller Inventory # 011053

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Title: God's Politics: Why The Right Gets It Wrong ...

Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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Edition: 1st Edition

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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.

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Secular liberals and religious conservatives will find things to both comfort and alarm them in Jim Wallis's God's Politics. That combination is actually reason enough to recommend the book in a time when the national political and theological discourse is dominated by blanket descriptions and shortsightedness. But Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, offers more than just a book that's hard to categorize. What Wallis sees as the true mission of Christianity--righting social ills, working for peace--is in tune with the values of liberals who so often run screaming from the idea of religion. Meanwhile, in his estimation, religious vocabulary is co-opted by conservatives who use it to polarize. Wallis proposes a new sort of politics, the name of which serves as the title of the book, wherein these disparities are reconciled and progressive causes are paired with spiritual guidance for the betterment of society. Wallis is at his most compelling when he puts this theory into action himself, letting his own beliefs guide him through stinging criticisms of the war in Iraq. In his view, George W. Bush's flaw lies in the assumption that the United States was an unprecedented force of goodness in a fight against enemies characterized as "evil." Indeed, although both the right and left are criticized here, the idea is that the liberals, if they would get religion, are the more redeemable lot. Wallis's line between religion and public policy may be drawn a little differently than most liberals might feel comfortable with, and while he pays some lip service to other faiths most of his prescription for America seems to come from the Bible. Still, for a party having just lost a presidential election where "moral issues" are said to have factored heavily, God's Politics is a sermon worth listening to. --John Moe

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