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by Jim Wallis

  • ISBN: 0060558288
  • Category: World
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Jim Wallis
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperSanFransisco (December 22, 2005)
  • Pages: 384
  • ePub book: 1353 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1673 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 665

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The separation of church and state doesn’t mean that politicians can’t be religious or use their religion to help guide their decisions

The separation of church and state doesn’t mean that politicians can’t be religious or use their religion to help guide their decisions. Wallis is simply saying that there is a danger in using religion to implement and justify bad policy. I’ll be honest: God’s Politics kind of fizzles out for me near the end. It ends up being a disjointed, unfocused series of essays and sermons on a wide variety of topics.

While the Right argues that God's way is their way, the Left pursues an unrealistic separation of religious values from morally .

While the Right argues that God's way is their way, the Left pursues an unrealistic separation of religious values from morally grounded political leadership. The consequence is a false choice between ideological religion and soulless politics.

Wallis gave the book three titles: "God's Politics: Why the Right . I deeply respect Jim Wallis because he doesn't just talk the talk- he lives it! He was on the front-lines of the civil rights movement, out of which he started Sojourners. He lives in the heart of Washington, .

Wallis gave the book three titles: "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It: A New Vision for Faith and Politics. Each title is fine by itself, but there are too many of them. I submit that two of those would have sufficed, and that even the third one could stand alone without loss. in one of the most economically and socially challenged urban centers in America.

Wallis is a leading figure at the crossroads of religion and politics in America today, the author of eight books, and the founder of Sojourners, a global faith and justice network

Jim Wallis has my vote to be Chaplain to the Nation. This is an extraordinary book Over-all it slams both Right and Left–the Right for claiming that Jesus is pro-war, pro-rich, and a selective moralist.

Jim Wallis has my vote to be Chaplain to the Nation. This is an extraordinary book. This hard-hitting book is full of both common sense and scholarship. Over-all it slams both Right and Left–the Right for claiming that Jesus is pro-war, pro-rich, and a selective moralist; the Left for not embracing faith and God as part of the politics of America.

Jim Wallis "out-bibles" the religious right in his powerful attack on George Bush, God's Politics. Gordon Brown has taken a huge risk endorsing him, says Jonathan Bartley. The "special relationship" between Britain and the US may be jeopardised by his blessing of this book, for Wallis's critique both of George W Bush's personal ideology and of a crucial component of his voting base is devastating. What makes God's Politics so original is that it is written from a religious perspective, by someone who is breaking ranks with his fellow believers.

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God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. by Jim Wallis. Jim Wallis argues that America's separation of church and state does not require banishing moral and religious values from the public square.

When Jim Wallis' "God's Politics" hit bookstores two years ago, his manifesto on faith and justice resounded like a rifle shot. The founder of Sojourners Magazine will turn 60 in the summer of 2008 and clearly he feels a powerful vocational calling to try to unite the various splintered groups within the evangelical movement behind a prayerful commitment to the timeless call to healing from the pages of Isaiah. The book describes much of Wallis' own journey, including his recent, tearful reconciliation with Campus Crusade for Christ's Bill Bright after a painful,.

God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It is a 2005 book by author Jim Wallis. The book focuses on the role of religious hypocrisy in politics, and critiques both the so-called "religious right" and the "secular left" while noting that the vast majority on the "left" have families who embrace both family values and religion. His criticism includes quotations from the Bible, as he accuses .

Jim Wallis was interviewed at The Hill's 4th Annual Political Book Fair about his book, God’s Politics: Why the Right .

Jim Wallis was interviewed at The Hill's 4th Annual Political Book Fair about his book, God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It, published by HarperSanFrancisco. He discussed the stereotype of religion being entirely associated with the Republican Party and partisanship. He said that there needs to be a moral voice that is neither conservative nor liberal, but focusing on the ideals of people of faith.

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.

Comments

Gavirus Gavirus
Jim Wallis is a great example of how to be in and not if the world of politics. He is a prophetic voice in a world desperately in need of it. This is a really important read, especially in the time of President Trump, but it could use an update for relevancy.
Akinohn Akinohn
I first saw Jim Wallis in a Frontline documentary about the influence of Evangelical Christianity on President George W. Bush. Rather than talking about how George Bush professes his faith in a calculated and hypocritical way--as many on the left claim Bush does--Jim Wallis considered Bush's faith genuine but added that such a faith had little theological merit; Wallis continually referred to Bush's "bad theology" and quoted both Old and New Testament scripture at length--not in a selected way but fully in context--to show how much Bush's theology diverges from the central principles of the Bible and especially the Gospels.

This struck a chord with me because I had effectively said the same things myself in private conversations with friends and family, although not nearly so eloquently. Until I heard Wallis interviewed on Frontline, however, I felt almost alone. When I went to one of Wallis book signings, I related this story to him, and he emphatically signed my book "Mike, You are not alone! Jim Wallis"

I labored through the book because the message is so important, but I admit the policy sections didn't flow very well, and, as other reviewers have pointed out, Wallis tends to repeat himself, so I only gave the book 4 stars. Even if you don't want to read the book, I still strongly encourage you to see Wallis speak in person. He may not be a great writer, but he's an excellent public speaker, as one might expect from a preacher. In a one hour speech you'll learn the central message of his book and feel both inspired an entertained. I guarantee it.

I'll end with some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Faith is personal but never private."

"Budgets are moral documents."

"This is your Bible." Wallis apparently has a Bible with all passages calling for mercy and kindness to the poor and dispossessed carefully cut out. He especially likes to shake this "hole-y" (not Holy) Bible in front of conservative theology students while repeating the quote.
Hanad Hanad
Wallis is a politically-active pastor whose work emphasizes peace, social justice, and serving the poor. As a result, he's mostly on the Left in political debates. Clearly, the 2004 election annoyed him, associating religious values with the Right. This book is the result, and it's clearly stamped by the events of 2004.

Wallis makes good points. Generally speaking, the first half of each chapter lays out his general principles and connects concerns for social justice to the gospel. Unfortunately, the second half of each chapter degenerates into riffs, with repetition of earlier themes, the wholesale inclusion of editorials or ecumenical statements on topics, some name-dropping and stories about speeches that Wallis has given or people he's met.

Indeed, the titles set the tone for the volume as a whole. Wallis gave the book three titles: "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It: A New Vision for Faith and Politics." Each title is fine by itself, but there are too many of them. I submit that two of those would have sufficed, and that even the third one could stand alone without loss. Much of the book is like that - - a strong editor willing to cross out large chunks of text would have made it better.

This would have been twice the book with half the words.
Nikojas Nikojas
Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, and advocate for social justice has written a refreshing book on the intersection of faith and politics in public life, entitled "God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong, and the Left Doesn't Get It."

Wallis, a Christian evangelical with very progressive social views, takes both sides of the political spectrum to task.

Of conservatives, he asserts that the radical right has co-opted and abused the language of faith on hot-button values issues like homosexuality and abortion, while at the same time enacting and supporting policies that have left 50 million Americans without health care, our urban schools in shambles, and seniors with little or no retirement benefits or health coverage- thus failing to fulfill the great commandment to "Love your neighbor."

He critiques liberals for failing to engage people of faith in their vision for social justice, healthcare and education reform. Wallis claims that all too many social liberals have stubbornly clung to such a rigid secularism that many people of faith with similiar social views have felt alienated by their rhetoric.

He takes the Bush administration to task for their mis-handling of the 9/11 investigation, an unjust war in Iraq, along with fear-mongering and court-packing.

He is also pro-life, so he calls on both sides- not to outlaw abortion, but to focus the energy and resources on prevention, better pre-natal care and more adoption options.

Wallis calls for a consistent ethic of life.

Some other key topics he addresses in the book are international relations, economic justice, race relations, and social change.

I deeply respect Jim Wallis because he doesn't just talk the talk- he lives it! He was on the front-lines of the civil rights movement, out of which he started Sojourners. He lives in the heart of Washington, D.C. in one of the most economically and socially challenged urban centers in America. He is a uniter rather than a divider- he critiques aspects of both sides of the political spectrum; and calls for all people of faith to reclaim a unified vision for social justice.

This is an outstanding book that will change your life, and hopefully encourage you to join the movement seeking to bring about positive change in the lives of others in society.

There is also an excellent study guide for the book available online at the Sojourners website:

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