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Original Essays | September 4, 2014 0 comments
My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
Jim WallisDescribe your latest project.
The values of politics are my primary concern in God?s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn?t Get It. Of course, God is not partisan; God is not a Republican or a Democrat. When either party tries to politicize God, or co-opt religious communities for their political agendas, they make a terrible mistake. The best contribution of religion is precisely not to be ideologically predictable nor loyally partisan. Both parties, and the nation, must let the prophetic voice of religion be heard. Faith must be free to challenge both right and left from a consistent moral ground, offering a new vision for faith and politics in America. To do that, it offers a new conversation of personal faith and political hope.
The book explores how people concerned about social change and hungry for spiritual values can actually combine those two quests. Too often politics and spirituality have been separated, polarized, and even put into competition with one another. We have been buffeted by private spiritualities that have no connection to public life and a secular politics showing disdain for religion or even spiritual concerns. That leaves spirituality without social consequences and politics with no soul. And political discourse that is disconnected from moral values quickly degenerates. We will ask how we might change our public life with the values that many of us hold most dear. This book is about how to connect a genuinely "prophetic" spirituality to the urgent need for social justice. It is the connection the world is waiting for.
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