Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice [NOOK Book]

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Divine Rebels chronicles the extraordinary efforts of American Christian activists who agitate for a world free of racism, patriarchy, bigotry, retribution, ecocide, torture, poverty, and militarism. 

While pundits speak of the “Religious Right,” this is the underreported story of American Christians who are progressive because they are religious. They don’t see themselves simply performing good work, but Godly work. They believe in a community based on ethics, a world...

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Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice

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Overview

Divine Rebels chronicles the extraordinary efforts of American Christian activists who agitate for a world free of racism, patriarchy, bigotry, retribution, ecocide, torture, poverty, and militarism. 

While pundits speak of the “Religious Right,” this is the underreported story of American Christians who are progressive because they are religious. They don’t see themselves simply performing good work, but Godly work. They believe in a community based on ethics, a world with infinite potential for improvement, and an inclusive God of love. These rabble-rousers are small in number, and their efficacy is best measured on the margins, but they are part and parcel of an American tradition that began with the nation’s earliest Quaker abolitionists.

By profiling social justice activists on the frontlines of the “Christian Left” since the 1960s, Divine Rebels articulates a forward-thinking, faith-based alternative to both the conservative drone warping religion as well as the political left’s alienating cynicism.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Independent journalist Deena Guzder has reported from the front lines of international human rights crises in Pakistan, Iran, and India. Now, her first book chronicles the U.S. Christian human rights movements from 1960 to the present. While many commentators focus on the religious right as a social force, Guzder's accessible and engaging account highlights Americans whose politics are progressive precisely "because they are religious." The biographies of 10 nonviolent activists open a window on American Christianity's tradition as a catalyst for progressive social change. Profiles include Quaker Jim Corbett, an Arizona rancher who sparked the 1980s Sanctuary movement by providing haven for Central American war refugees; Pentecostal preacher and environmental activist Charlotte Keys, founder of Jesus People Against Pollution, who is fighting chemical dumping near her rural Mississippi home; and the more famous Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit priest who burned Selective Service draft files in 1968 as an antiwar protest. Guzder's first-person reporting animates her prose without obscuring her subject. By steering her fact-based writing away from the polemical, this Zoroastrian-raised writer provides a fine introduction to those who call themselves "social justice Christians." (May)
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"Divine Rebels offers a much-needed corrective to the wrathful voices on the Religious Right by showcasing the underreported heroism of politically progressive Christians who reject power and privilege in favor of compassion and reconciliation." —Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

"With a journalist’s eye for the interesting and an historian’s attention to context, Deena Guzder tells the under-reported story of America’s faith-based social justice movement after Martin Luther King, Jr. These are the lives of people I’ve learned from, people I love. What a gift to read their stories told so well."—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author, activist, and new monastic

"[A] learned, readable, and immensely important work of history, journalism, and advocacy." —Samuel G. Freedman, author of Upon This Rock

"[Divine Rebels] is a timely and important account of American Christian activists deeply committed to both their faith and to a better world here and now. . . . They are models for everyone who has ever wondered how personal faith relates to the injustice of the world. I highly recommend this book." —Sami Rasouli, human rights activist and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams

"[Divine Rebels] is the perfect blend of inspiration and challenging social commentary."—U.S. Catholic

"The book is the perfect blend of inspiration and challenging social commentary."—U.S. Catholic Magazine
 

"Guzder's first-person reporting animates her prose without obscuring her subject"

Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569768709
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 465 KB

Meet the Author

Deena Guzder is an independent journalist who has reported on human rights across the globe. Her work has appeared in Time, Mother Jones, Common Dreams, National Geographic, Washington Post, Ms. magazine, and elsewhere. She holds advanced degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Universe Bends Toward Justice 1

1 The Faith Driving the Freedom Riders Jim Zwerg 13

2 The Soul of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement Daniel Berrigan 38

3 The Crusade to Close the School of the Americas Roy Bourgeois 64

4 Convictions of the Hearth in the Sanctuary Movement Jim Corbett 96

5 Beating Nuclear Swords into God's Plowshares John Dear 122

6 Waging Peace by Resisting War Taxes Robin Harper 154

7 Living in the Clouds to Save the Redwoods Joseph Land 175

8 Modern-Day Abolitionists Against the Death Penalty Suezann Bosler 200

9 Ecojustice Warriors Against Pollution Charlotte Keys 221

10 The Peaceful Revolution of Downward Mobility Shane Claiborne 243

Epilogue: Interfaith Covenant for Peace and Justice in Modern America 267

Afterword 271

Notes 275

Index 293

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