The Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change

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From the bestselling author of God's Politics, a seminal call to reintegrate politics and spirituality.

Jim Wallis's classic The Soul of Politics, originally published by The New Press in 1994, has sold 60,000 copies to date and has been widely praised for its prescience and passion. In fact, no issue has become more topical or polarizing in the United States than the ...
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Overview

From the bestselling author of God's Politics, a seminal call to reintegrate politics and spirituality.

Jim Wallis's classic The Soul of Politics, originally published by The New Press in 1994, has sold 60,000 copies to date and has been widely praised for its prescience and passion. In fact, no issue has become more topical or polarizing in the United States than the intersection of religion and politics, with the country seemingly irreconcilably split between the "religious right" and the "secular left."

In this "dynamic, hopeful" (The Nation) book, Wallis, the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine, shows why both the traditional liberal and conservative visions are inadequate to the challenge before us, and outlines instead a new political morality combining social justice with individual responsibility. Arguing that we need to look beyond the traditional corridors of power to find the resources for a political movement that will foster true democracy—emphasizing compassion, community, racial reconciliation, gender equality, justice, imagination, and joy—The Soul of Politics "speaks to how all Americans—not just churchgoers—need to take personal responsibility for change rather than rely on politicians" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

A vibrant new vision of politics and spirituality from the founder of Sojourners magazine. The Soul of Politics responds to signs of cultural breakdown and political impasse with a resounding and highly moving call to reintegrate politics and spirituality.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This eloquent manifesto for political and social transformation challenges liberals and conservatives alike. Wallis, a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots activist who is founding editor of Sojorners and an evangelical Christian preacher, writes in the tradition of Wendell Berry, Michael Lerner, Cornel West and others who have sought to reconnect politics to personal responsibility and the need to rebuild family and community. Attacking the religious right for supporting wasteful military build-up, fueling the backlash against women's rights and discriminating against homosexuals, Wallis argues for a new political morality that places the nation's-and world's-poor people at the center of our attention and is committed to ending institutionalized racism, sexism, selfish materialism and ecological destruction. Drawing on his own experiences fighting poverty, discrimination and gang violence in Washington, Los Angeles, South Africa and the Philippines, he sets forth numerous proposals ranging from community-based economic development programs to redistribution of land. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883449875
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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, and the national bestseller God's Politics. He lives in Washington, D.C. Garry Wills teaches history at Northwestern University and is the author of Saint Augustine's Conversion. Cornel West is Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University and recipient of the 2005 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The World Isn't Working
Pt. 1 The Conversion of Politics
Ch. 1 Signs of a Crisis: The Politics of Violence 3
Ch. 2 Can Politics Be Moral? Beyond Liberal and Conservative 15
Ch. 3 Politics and Religion: Toward a Prophetic Spirituality 31
Pt. 2 The Broken Community
Ch. 4 A Tale of Two Cities: The Division of the World 51
Ch. 5 Fire in the Sky: The Heat of White Racism 74
Ch. 6 Pattern of Inequality: Exploiting the Sisters 97
Ch. 7 I Shop, Therefore I Am: Wounded Hearts, Wounded Earth 126
Pt. 3 Toward an Alternative Vision
Ch. 8 Signs of Transformation: The Marks of an Emerging Prophetic Vision 147
Conversion: The Priority of the Poor 149
Compassion: No More Us and Them 161
Community: A Moral Foundation for Economics 165
Reverence: Honoring the Whole Creation 176
Diversity: Beyond Integration 180
Equality: Beyond Inclusion 184
Peacemaking: The Path to Real Security 188
Justice: The Hunger That Heals 193
Contemplation: The Inward Journey 196
Courage: Taking the First Step 200
Responsibility: How Change Begins 203
Integrity: The Quality of Leadership 209
Imagination: Dreaming New Possibilities 216
Reconstruction: From Protest to Rebuilding 221
Joy: The Unmistakable Sign of Life 230
Hope: The Doorway to Change 234
Afterword: A Time To Heal, A Time To Build 241
Notes 257
Index 271
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