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Essential book for all those who care about faith and citizenship
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Jesus is not a Communist
posted by Anonymous on January 15, 2007Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2007
Jesus is not a Communist
Mr. Wallis GP uses the Bible to justify his communist leanings. He is totally anti-American and would love to see our country lose its identity. No where in the Bible do you find Jesus calling for income sharing. The never identified the prophets that made the quotes used nor was the Book, Chapter and Verse used! In fact the prophets talked about the people falling away from God or some evil that the King did. Only one prophet mentioned race and that was to kill all those who were not Jewish! Maybe he did not name them because they were not Biblical Prophets. I would not recommend this book to any Christian or true American who loves their country. Unless you want to read a new version of a Communist Manifesto!
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Posted July 12, 2005
Jim Wallis' book God's Politics is a complete sham. I'm a progressive, liberal, and know how appealing it is to be a so called moderate. Don't get me wrong, this book might be for you as it was for the previous readers but there is a reason why this book fell off the bestsellers list so quickly - it has no substance. Anyone can tell you why we need more moderation, more tolerance, more dialogue in politics, religion and ethics - that isn't new or original. What is needed is a more pronounced articulation of justice. Justice is not defined by moderation or by popularity. Jim Wallis is not very different from the evangelical right wing preachers who self-aggrandize their base following with 'half-baked' arguments. Let's end poverty, or let's end abortion. The sheer superficiality of the middle and right is mind-boggling. Maybe the liberal, left is no better. Bottom line: we need to get on the ball, hold our government to higher standards, get more organized, active, and informed. God's Politics ain't going to cut it. He could have made the same points in a book have its size. If you really want to understand something about God's politics read real books by Abraham Heschel, William Sloane Coffin, or even Bill Moyers. These are the heavyweights. All the credit to Jim Wallis for his 15 minutes of Warhol fame, but if you want to understand God's justice you will have to look deeper and further. God's Politics is just an exploitation of our divided times. There is a deeper, longer tradition in America and the Bible which never tried to 'toe the line.' When we fought to end slavery, people took a side when we fought for women suffrage, people took a position we we fought to end segregation, end the War in Vietnam, people took a side. The middle of road approach is 'nice,' but it tells us nothing about the true nature of politics or ourselves. Politics is polemical. Whether you are Christian or not, people need to wake up and realize that playing it safe, being in middle won't accomplish any thing. Real leaders, real people stand up for what they believe in. They don't critize both sides and say I don't stand for anything. Stand for something!
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Posted August 4, 2006
This book is no more than a dramatic, inspirational speech. I agree with a previous reviewer who said the book lacks substance. I think we all know that Jesus preached that we should care for the poor and be peacemakers. And it is nothing new that the left tends to be inept regarding religion while the right has hijacked it. But it is these old ideas that he constantly regurgitates, without really providing anything new. He seems to conclude that if everyone worked toward biblical ideals, we would all get along and agree. Yet he provides no support. Even his 'support' from the Bible is lacking. He quoted precious few verses and failed to address alternative interpretations even of those. And for those less accepting of the Bible, he did not make a very strong case for why religion should be taken more seriously (except that it would bring in more votes). He neglects to address counterarguments, but only provides conclusory assertions. He fails to articulately define his conceptions of social justice or peace. I can't imagine how this book would be convincing to either side. He would have done well to address the problems of the left and right separately, provide objective support for why they have taken particular positions, and then analytically counter their arguments. Instead the book is a convoluted mess. If you are looking for arguments, rather than mere conclusions, this is not your book.
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