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God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It [Paperback]

By Jim Wallis (Author)
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Item description for God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It by Jim Wallis...

Arguing that current practices in spirituality have resulted in losses of the social and liberating aspects of biblically based religion, a call for the recovery of a unifying faith offers recommendations on how to draw on the examples of Christ in order to promote justice, peace, and the advocacy of the poor and disenfranchised. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.

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New York Times bestseller God's Politics struck a chord with Americans disenchanted with how the Right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics, and with the Left, who were mute on the subject. Jim Wallis argues that America's separation of church and state does not require banishing moral and religious values from the public square. God's Politics offers a vision for how to convert spiritual values into real social change and has started a grassroots movement to hold our political leaders accountable by incorporating our deepest convictions about war, poverty, racism, abortion, capital punishment, and other moral issues into our nation's public life. Who can change the political wind? Only we can.

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God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It by Jim Wallis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christianity Today - 01/01/2008 page 61

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Studio: HarperSan Francisco
Pages   399
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060834471  
ISBN13  9780060834470  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Wallis is the founding editor of Sojourners magazine and a well-known Christian leader for social change. An activist, writer, and popular speaker, his books include Who Speaks for God?; Faith Works; The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change (The New Press); and, most recently, the national bestseller God's Politics. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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WONDERFUL! Rev. Jim Wallis is the founder of SOJOURNERS...  Mar 20, 2007
. . . a website, a political movement for social justice & spiritual food for the open mind.

This book cannot be appreciated unless it is read . . . it is truly ground breaking.

If you are a Christian who feels forsaken by the politics of the radical right that has hijacked your faith, take heart:

Jim Wallis is here to show you just how correct you are in trusting the words of the true Jesus Christ: radical, revolutionary and always with a heart for the least of these . . .
Eye-Opener  Feb 25, 2007
Jim Wallis and his Sojourner crew is making a huge impact on American politics. I had been disillusioned with the typical right-wing Christian rhetoric and that just lead me into political apathy. Wallis' book really opened my eyes about everything from taking care of the poor, the War in Iraq, homosexuality, and many other issues. Everyone who is tired of the typical right-wing rhetoric should read this book.
Biased, unsubstantiated viewpoints without basis in the Bible or reality.  Feb 20, 2007
God's Politics Jim Wallis

Absolutely horrible book. With a name like "God's Politics", I expected an objective, constructive view of local, national, and international political science through the lens of theology. Instead, we have a myopic novel filled with complaints, whining, personal attacks against President Bush (while overlooking everything any democrat has failed in), generalizations, assumptions, and short sighted optimism that completely neglects reality.
The author uses large words in an attempt to sound intellectual, but the complete lack of substance behind his arguments shows his ignorance. Specifically, the author's two main premises are that the war in Iraq/Afghanistan is (and has always been) unjust, and that we need to have vastly more government support of the poor.
On the issue of the war, the author completely overlooks the fact that the terrorist ideology clashes with our own, and that they hate us purely because we are non-Islamic and stand in opposition to their proposed way of life. He states that we needed to get to know their "grievances", but overlooks the fact that we HAVE known their grievances and are unable to satiate them. He overlooks the fact that a small minority, with access to WMD or aircraft or an endless supply of other destructive means, is all that it takes to cause a 9/11, and the only means to combat them is to overthrow the nations that sponsor them (which we did), and to instill freedom so that the "silent majority" in these nations can police themselves (in progress, via the war) and become open to the free exchange of ideas (think evangelism). He alleges that the goal of the war was "imperialism" and "empire", and ignores the fact that we are only there long enough to get out and we are, in fact, trying to leave. He states that we should've built international support rather than war, but overlooks the fact that we did, in fact, try to do just that, and that the international community further showed by their lack of interest (over the last ten years) that they wouldn't help. He states alleges that we are targeting "women and children" in the war, and completely overlooks the care we are taking to avoid collateral damage that the terrorist are trying their best to inflict. He also ignores the fact that Jesus will return with a sword (Revelation), that the centurion was commended for his faith and not chastised for his profession (Matthew 8), that violence does indeed have a place (Matt 21, Mark 11, John 2). He routinely makes judgment of others (in violation of Matt 7, which he himself mentions time and again against President Bush), by repeating the buzz word "bad theology" over and over again (without biblical reference or factual justification). He hurls out words like "blasphemy" and "idolatry" in describing President Bush, but never specifically addresses them. The author speaks eloquently about how we should "beat our swords into plowshares" (Micah 4:3), but he completely neglects Nehemiah's requirements of self protection and keeping a sword by our side, as there are those that would destroy us (Nehemiah 4:18). Speaking of "bad theology", perhaps the author should note that we'll be able to "beat our swords into plowshares" AFTER Christ's return! Peace on earth is a noble goal, and one we are trying to accomplish; NOTHING would please President Bush more... but the author poses no realistic solutions, when the threat is properly analyzed.
The author actually goes so far as to present an ultimatum... "will we stand with the Global Church, or with the American Government". His audacity is amazing. He states that President Bush thinks that he is on a personal, ordained mission to "end evil throughout the world", and wonders why we never invaded the other "evil" dictatorships (perhaps, because the President never saw it as a mission, and they didn't impose the imminent danger of harboring terrorists like Iraq and Afghanistan?). He even mentions that we have not found a single shred of WMD in Iraq (does he even read the news? we have indeed found countless WMD, albeit small and scattered). In a breath (without amplification or example), the author even compares Bush policy with "First Century Rome".
On the example of the poor, he completely overlooks that, by lowering taxes and focusing on economic growth, we are creating jobs and ending the welfare spiral that the author seems to endorse. Additionally, he overlooks the fact that our prosperity yields more to tithe, which is a better way to spend money helping out the poor than stifling tax rates, government bureaucracy, and welfare spirals (Matt 25). He doesn't offer one instance of scripture supporting his personal view that government's roll is to support the populace, and I'd argue that government's role is to create the conditions for the populace to take care of themselves, or that charity organizations (supported through the nation's prosperity) are best suited for such tasks. Although he pleads a truly excellent case for why we, as Christians, are called to help the poor, he offers no realistic solutions on how to accomplish it, and thus falls well short of his goal of defining "God's Politics".
The author, to his credit (albeit VERY briefly), touches on a few good points. He makes excellent example of leaders like Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, and civic leaders who took their bible in hand to the steps of the capitol. He mentions a few good points, such as the importance of applying the whole scripture to our actions, avoiding being manipulated by politicians, and the intrinsic value of religion to preserving morality and ethics. He does point out that there is a tremendous need among the world's poor for our assistance. But by continuing on and on (and ON and ON) in "Bush Bashing" while neglecting to mention the failures of a SINGLE democrat, he loses all credibility and seems to show that the primary purpose of his book is to undermine the President's support base, which the author attempts to accomplish by lies and deception. Also, by mentioning his magazine by name (repeatedly), he shows that a secondary purpose of the book is self-promotion (invokes the name of God in promoting his magazine). I really don't see that the purpose was EVER an objective review of "God's Politics".
Homage to the Upside-Down Kingdom  Jan 28, 2007
God's Politics starts off slow. The first two units are mostly Jim repeating many times how the Republicans and Democrats are at odds, with each other, and with the Gospel. He's right, but it's just too repetitive to be engaging.

But stay with it. Because God's Politics becomes fabulous in the next units. Jim Wallis doesn't take sides, but finds both liberals and conservatives are at fault, for both don't measure up to the teachings of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Jesus is quite clear on the needs to care for the poor, to love your enemies, and the value of all peoples. But in different ways both parties either spout platitudes and do nothing, or actively work against the disenfranchised. There is no choice of a seamless garment of life for the American voter; one party supports the right to abortion, the other party chooses war overseas, and both advocate the killing of criminals.

In measured and reasoned terms Wallis suggests there is an alternative. We can choose to actually try to deal with the problems, and find that common ground. He decries those who simply march for peace or argue for the poor, without proposing realistic solutions. Wallis feels that this is key for an activist, and a big part of what real hope is. And true to his beliefs, this book states the glaring problem, and also offers very real hope.
well balanced look at religion in politics..  Jan 25, 2007
a well balanced book on the problems with the religious right and liberal left...religion in politics is no longer a personal issue between the candidates and their God..everyone is now expected to clearly define their faith..right or wrong, it is what is..maybe, as Jim Wallis clearly writes, the great morality questions that define our political agendas: homosexuality, abortion need to be replaced by more pressing issues, the issues that our great religions were designed to address..

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