Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change / Edition 1

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Did Martin Luther King's spiritual understanding of political struggle truly help the Civil Rights movement? Can breast cancer victims incorporate both spiritual wisdom and political action in their fight for life? Confronting questions that challenge the foundations of both politics and spirituality, Roger S. Gottlieb presents a brave new account of how religious ethics and progressive movements share a common vision of a transformed world. In doing so, he offers a bold and eloquent affirmation: that authentic religion requires an activist, transforming presence in the political world, and that the moral and psychological insights of religion are indispensable resources in political struggles for democracy, human rights and ecological sanity. With original and compelling interpretations of Martin Luther King and the civil rights struggle, feminism, disability rights, the global environmental movement, and the fight for breast cancer, Joining Hands will alter the way spiritual seekers, political activists, and society as a whole think about the political role of religion and the spiritual component of politics.
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Editorial Reviews

Gottlieb writes well and with passion.
An absorbing look at the merger of religion and politics.
MultiCultural Review
Makes refreshing contributions to the fields of social activism, and political science and will probably spark interesting discussion among readers.
Roger Gottlieb has produced a profound and significant integration of spiritual and political concerns. Highlighting the spiritual strengths and weaknesses of the civil rights, anti-war, and feminist movements, Gottlieb shows that world-making politics and religion can be partners as they inform and deepen each other. As he ponders his role as a father of a physically challenged child, eschewing a perpetually optimistic version of spirituality, Gottlieb forces us to rethinking our commitment to "rational autonomy" as central to human identity. Rather than the dogmatic confidence of the true believer, Gottlieb offers faith and hope that leads to individual and collective political action even in the face of sorrow and loss, and without the surety of success.
Publishers Weekly
"If I am successful," Roger Gottlieb writes in the introduction to Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, "people will think twice... before presuming that religious life and progressive political movements have different goals." Gottlieb, who came of age in the 1960s, presents this book as a rapprochement between religion and politics two fields that, he says, should have more interaction with one another than they currently do. Gottlieb examines the civil rights movement, feminism, environmentalism and disability activism to increase "the full openness of religion and politics to each other's insights." In a presidential era marked by much discussion of faith-based social services, this thoughtful book offers a timely perspective, even though its worldview may be more left-leaning than "Dubya" would likely embrace. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813341880
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger S. Gottliebis a professor of philosophy in the department of humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of twelve books on politics, religion, the Holocaust, and ecology; and has contributed to numerous publications including Tikkun, the Boston Globe, Orion Afield, and Ethics. He lives in Boston.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
1 Two Ways of World Making 3
2 The Time Is Ripe 25
3 Politics Teaching Religion 49
4 Religion Teaching Politics 73
5 Redemptive Suffering and the Civil Rights Movement 101
6 After Patriarchy: Feminist Politics and the Transformation of Religion 129
7 Saving the World: Religion and Politics in the Environmental Movement 151
8 Beyond Our Private Sorrows: Spirituality and Politics as Responses to Breast Cancer and Disability 179
9 Toward Hope, Together 209
Notes 215
Index 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    Beyond the False Piety of Reigion and Politics

    Gottlieb presents a timely, eloquent, and well-reasoned discussion of the ways religion and politics need each other if they are to effectively address the major social issues of our time. His vision is far-ranging and hopeful, a reminder that what we are reading about in our daily news is not the best or only alternative we have. He weaves together a compelling narrative of new and old, remote and familiar. I found reading about Carter, King, and Gandhi as well as the succeses of political movements, especially those guided by a religious or spiritual vision, extremely uplifting. Joining Hands provides the basis for intelligent and meaningful dialogue in a world that is gasping for both. I hope some of our politcal and religious leaders accept Gottlieb's work as an invitation to think and discuss the central issues of our time with greater insight and depth.

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