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Overview Citing the failures of political venues to resolve issues in such arenas as health care, the environment, and education, the author of the best-selling God's Politics argues that faith-based agendas in the past enabled watershed reforms, in an account that provides a religious roadmap for tackling major world problems. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Publishers Description The New York Times-bestselling author of God's Politics reinvigorates America's hope for the future, offering a roadmap to rediscover the nation's moral center and providing the inspiration and a concrete plan to change today's politics.
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Release Date Feb 1, 2009
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 006144488X ISBN13 9780061444883
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More About Jim Wallis
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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The Great Awakening Jun 24, 2008
Finally, there is an evangelical who is not bent on ramming his faith down my throat. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because Jim Wallis speaks with common sense and wants to say that evangelicals are as sick of the religious right as the rest of us are. The religious right politicized religion to the detriment of us all.
But that being said, he is not promoting left wing or right wing policies. Instead, he wants to prote a non-political agenda where Christians actually do something for all society rather than simply push a political agenda that says the right is right and anyone else is wrong. Jim Wallis is articulate and persuasive. If there is one flaw to the book it is that he repeats himself way too much. I kept wanting to tell Jim "I get the point, now move on," but he continuously belabors his middle-of-the-road, the-time-for-action-is-now message.
But this is still an important book from an important theologian. He name drops a bit (most notably U2's Bono) but he clearly is elated that the religious right has lost its deathgrip on American politics. Now maybe common sense will take over and we can have a religious experience we can be proud of rather than divided into camps of those in power and those out of it.
Prophetic Christian Politics Jun 22, 2008
Israel's history reveals that after national politics began with the establishment of the monarchy, God ordained the prophets. In this book, Jim Wallis reminds us of government's role to promote the common good of the many, not just of the few.
The seven issues that he covers are surprisingly balanced. I read the book looking for any hint of pro-Democrat or anti-Republican bias as my conservative friends charge Wallis of. I found none, aside from in the chapter (10) on war and peace, in unsurprisingly. Wallis praised both parties for the good they have worked for and criticized them both for their blunders and shortcomings. He makes it clear that another way of doing politics is desperately needed in the U.S. and that people of faith are poised at this time to lead that move.
The book was less political and less theological than I expected. It read very easily with appropriate anecdotes from Wallis' life that increased his credibility. There was also a good bit of history incorporated throughout. The name comes from the first and second Great Awakenings in U.S. history, which were led by Christians - the second which spawned the term "evangelical" for their involvement in social change/justice.
With the book having come out in February 2008, before Super Tuesday, I am left wanting to hear more of his opinion of Obama and McCain. I expect him to call them both to a higher and more complete version of what God has in mind for all his children. Ultimately, it will take individual Christians working in their corners of the world to love their neighbors through their individual efforts, collectively through churches, privately through businesses and publicly through all levels of government.
Headed in the RIght Direction, But Still Doesn't Get It Jun 10, 2008
I tried really hard to read Willis' Book all the way through. I agree with his basic premise. I see signs that Christians from many different backgrounds are on the verge of a new consensus --- not just conservatives and liberals, but high and low church, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant, liturgical and Charismatic, including different denominational traditions from across the entire spectrum. In fact, what I believe that when it comes this work of God will be more than just another awakening. The church is going to experience a fundamental transformation more significant than any since the Protestant reformation. I agree with Willis. The new consensus will not just be spiritual. It will give birth to a new prophetic political vision.
However, I could not struggle through the entire book. It is so permeated with unexamined liberal assumptions, that I just could not force myself to finish. Rather than promoting consensus, the book may actually hindrance the process. Willis promotes living with the poor as essential to developing a more effective and compassionate program for the elimination of poverty. (I agree with him.)
However, I wonder how often he has tried to live and worship with most genuinely passionate and evangelical Christians in our country. His understand seems to have been formed by academic dialogues with his conservative counterparts, rather than by living and worshiping with their conservative constituents. He appears to be totally insensitive to the concerns this segment of the Christian community. It is hard to find a page where he doesn't say something to offend them. He's not being prophetic, because it is obvious that he is so out of touch, that he is often not even aware when he is offending.
For example, he begins his chapter on climate change, by relating a discussion he had with his daughter. She asked him about Global warming. He told her it was a proven fact that the earth was getting warmer, primarily due to the activities of mankind. He is obviously not even aware that many Christians would find this assertion troubling. Not for the normal conservative reasons (which is often based on nothing other than corporate greed and denial), but for theological reasons. His unexamined acceptance of liberal thinking is a problem that gets in the way of consensus.
I don't deny that the earth is getting warmer. Most thinking conservatives (religious or otherwise) no longer deny that the earth is getting warmer. Likewise, I don't deny that our current level of technology and worldwide development is having a measurable impact on the environment. But to say man is primarily responsible is arrogant. It's hubris. It comes close to being idolatry. It offends on some level any Christian that takes seriously the proposition that God is still in control.
There is good archeological evidence that climate change has affected the rise and fall of civilizations over the entire history of mankind. Even where those civilizations had little or no impact on causing climate charge, there is evidence that human activity hastened the fall of several civilization because of their inability to change their agricultural or technological methods to adjusting to the changing climate.
If we encourage the notion that man is primarily responsible then it encourages the mistake notion that man can totally stop global warming. From a policy perspective, it falls into the trap of assigning blame, rather than promoting comprehensive solutions. Just eliminating certain despised forms of technology, will not stop global warming. We may have helped accelerate the coming crisis, but as of today there is no technological fix for climate change. It is short sighted to promote the unrealistic hope that prohibiting or limiting certain human activities will solve the problem.
There is no question that we need to change the way we generate power and significant portions of our transportation infrastructure. Yes, we need to limit emissions. But such changes are just scratching the surface of the broader problem.
An equally significant amount of time and energy needs to go into adjusting to climate change that we can not stop. We need to learn the lesson of King Canute. We have to start prohibiting development in areas that sometime in the foreseeable future will be under water. We have to start saying "no" to developers who insist on building in areas where it is going to become prohibitively expensive (if not impossible) to hold back the flood waters. We should have started 20 years ago. We need to rethink disaster relief. Some areas once flooded, we need to help people relocate, rather than automatically helping them rebuilt. This will not be politically popular. But as long as, we continue to think man has the answers and that man is in some way primarily responsible, we won't make the hard decisions necessary to adjust to climate change.
Consensus is possible. But I believe it is going to be more radical than Willis has yet anticipated and it will start with a deep and profound acknowledgement of the sovereignty of God.
For those hoping for change May 13, 2008
"God is not Republican"... a phrase in this book still reverberating in my mind, even though I have never declared myself in the GOP ranks. As a citizen not only of the US, but of the planet, I have always had issues with conservative america's approach to global warming, fair trade, poverty reduction, etc; issues widely overlooked and even aggressively resisted. Yet, if we claim to know and fear a "just" God, why must I give my vote to those who care nothing for these principles.
Enter "The Great Awakening", a book confronting not only economic and social poverty abroad, but bringing it home to American soil as well. The poverty many fellow Americans live in, as exposed in hurricane Katrina's aftermath, prevalent racism and sexism still rooted in our society and the passive attitude the body of Christ has had towards these, are but a few of the issues raised.
Social justice is a term that is not widely taught in Sunday church around the country. Yet it is something many Americans are beginning to come to terms with and which Wallis drives deep into the reader's conscience. He helps us realize that it is in God's own heart to see us take responsibility for helping those less fortunate, for proper stewardship of the planet and its resources and becoming increasingly aware of the world as a whole. Our God is personal, but not individual.
This is a Christian book, written by a Christian man. Yet I recommend it to all as a call to a higher level as citizens of the most privileged country on the planet.
The Revival of a Christian Conscience Mar 25, 2008
The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America is an encouraging read for Christians with a social conscience. The long dark night of the Christian Right's dominance is drawing to a close. All across the land one can hear the clicking and clacking of Ezekiel's dry bones coming to life. Christians, especially young evangelical Christians, are rediscovering the historic connection between proclaiming the gospel of salvation, and the Bible's clarion call to believers to work for justice, i.e., to give a cup of cold water to the thirsty, whether or not they are a part of the Body of Christ. Jim Wallis, long a prophetic voice within the Christian community, begins his recent book by highlighting the historic roots of the call for reform and justice in the great revivals of nineteenth-century Great Britain and America. He then points the reader to encouraging signs of evangelical Christians who are insisting that to be consistently Christian in today's world means more than simply opposing abortion on demand and homosexual marriages. A new breed of evangelical Christians are finding their call to witness to a broken world in the pages of Scripture rather than political ideologies. They are discovering, or rather rediscovering, that they can make a positive difference on such issues as the environment, race relations and diversity, social and economic justice, and the choice of peace over war. The god of the Religious Right's making has been revealed to be an idolatrous patriotism that has put America in danger of losing its very soul. Tragically, well-meaning Christians have been misled into being "partners in crime" with those who seek false honors and hollow gains. But a new breeze is blowing through the slough of despond that has been the contemporary political scene in America for far too long. Christians are beginning to break free of their enchantment with the Religious Right and ask what it means to be pro-life, what it means to seek justice, in short, what it means to be salt and light in a fallen world. Posted over a bumper sticker that proclaims "My country, right or wrong," can be seen a new one that asks, "Who would Jesus torture?" The Great Awakening is for the thinking Christian, the Christian who would follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.