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Overview The debate over President Clinton pushes us, to confront issues of law and morality that will remain with us long after the present crisis has been fully resolved. And while this profound national crisis has been difficult end even tragic for millions of Americans, it has been a time when all of us can deepen our understanding of what truly matters in our personal and communal lives.
According to J. Philip Wogaman, the drama being played out in Washington represents a struggle for the nation's soul. On one side is an emphasis on repentance and forgiveness, time-honored themes of the nation's formative religious traditions. On the other side is an emphasis on condemnation and punishment for wrongdoing. The question is, which represents the more appropriate path for the future of the United States? This is the question Wogaman sets out to answer in this fascinating book.
Citations And Professional Reviews From the Eye of the Storm: A Pastor to the President Speaks Out by J. Philip Wogaman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 03/01/1999 page 100
Publishers Weekly - 01/11/1999 page 68
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.07" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1999
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664221408 ISBN13 9780664221409
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More About J. Philip Wogaman
J. Philip Wogaman is former Senior Minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., past President of the Interfaith Alliance, and Professor Emeritus of Christina Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of over eighteen books, including "Faith and Fragmentation: Reflections on the Future of Christianity", "From the Eye of the Storm: A Pastor to the President Speaks Out", and "Moral Dilemmas: An Introduction to Christian Ethics".
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Wogaman is an apologist for shabbiness Jun 21, 2004
What kind of world of moral relativism do you have to be living in to "forgive" (excuse) Clinton for lying under oath, while condemning in the harshest possible terms Clinton's opponents. This reverend's partisanship makes Sid Blumenthal look like a balanced observer.
The Not so Black and White Nature of Forgiveness & Religion Jul 30, 2003
The author is to be commended on taking up the topic of moral judgement and its associated companion of forgiveness in our rather primitive religious society where diversity is not the foundation upon which it is built. Not a criticizm, but a recognition that at the levels of CEO, or for a President, the weight of issues that crowd the mind (as well as the heart) are not easily dissembled into the primary parts that adhere to the simplicity of typical right and wrong assessments, for the mere fact that the reponsibilities of so many depend upon a fluid, or relative nature of morality in a context few people can imagine, and fewer still can manage. The offices do not lend themselves to the easy right and wrong answers that govern most people in their deliberations where only a few concerns need be addressed. That is not to suggest that being absolved of, or restrainted by a deep, abiding sense of moral justice is not required. Indeed, it alone is the guiding star of most persons in that position. But those fundamentals are woefully inadequate to the nature of the variables due to the stature of visibility and impact that is the natural result of the job, and the status. Modeling in such cases is not so easily obtained or reduced to its lowest common denominator of elements. Far too many Presidents (and CEO's) faced with difficult choices where someone will always be harmed by either decision, must grope with the multiple levels of moral judgement as described in the 6 steps of Kohlberg in 1981 who expressed the high level analysis that accompanies, or should accompany such positions that do not lend themselves to the toggle switch of morality that most religions teach as the process of making moral decisions. Getting to yes or no is, by and large, much more difficult in such cases, and may fall upon individuals who do not have those responsibilities as well, as, for example, in parenthood, in the teaching of values and how to reconcile competing interests. At onset, the dilemma may appear to be simple, and forthright to a casual observer, but may from someone else's perspective with greater knowledge and sensitivity to broader aspects of a dilemma, require different decisions to produce a desired outcome. The simplicity of historic and even current religious guidance is to quickly assume the need for conditioned responses which may not take larger consideration into account. Hence, toleration of both expression and decisionmaking in others is highly desirable, since few of us ever know exactly the circumstances and factors involved in someone's work decisions, much less their personal decisions, and especially not when they are uniquely combined in a position like President where carrying others concerns are as important as carrying one's own. It's good to see Dr. Wogaman undertake to help answer these questions to help relieve the moral burden from each of us, reminding us that morality is essentially a subjective perspective, even within Christian guidelines.
With friends like these . . . Aug 20, 1999
I'm a democrat, and no fan of the either the Republicans or the president, but I've got to say, this rambling, incoherent defense of Clinton actually ends up making the case for impeaching Clinton. And frankly, I was shocked that a Pastor would interject himself into a political debate and label his political opponents' actions as immoral.
In two words: shockingly dull.
Wogaman couldn't think his way out of a paper bag. Apr 29, 1999
If you appreciate "cheap grace" and relentless feel-goodism, this is the book for you, but for real commentary on the Clinton scandal that gives a less partisan angle, try Judgment Day at the White House.
An alternative perspective on President Clinton Apr 25, 1999
This book provides an intimate understanding of the president as well as a religious look at this entire episode in history. Rev. Wogamon is an intriguing and thoughtful writer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Clearly a different perspective from most of the drivel out there (a la Andrew Morton's book, etc.).