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Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change

Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change

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Jim Wallis’s classic The Soul of Politics, originally published by The New Press in 1994 and now available in a new hardcover edition, 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,

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Jim Wallis’s classic The Soul of Politics, originally published by The New Press in 1994 and now available in a new hardcover edition, 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).

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"[A] passionate, heartfelt book." —The New York Times Book Review

"Wallis is an original and persuasive diagnostician of our social and spiritual woes." —The Washington Post Book World

"Jim Wallis calls us, with the authentic voice of one living what he preaches. . . . I pray that our nation heeds his call." —Marian Wright Edelman

"Stunning, provocative, and profound. . . . The Soul of Politics, if read widely, could be a major step forward toward social transformation." —Michael Lerner, Tikkun

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565842045
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.85(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.07(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; 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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Soul of Politics: A Practical and Prophetic Vision for Change 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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M. Heiss criticizes Wallis for opposing the excesses of Capitalism, but in fact, while Capitalism may be great for Mr. Heiss, the Earth itself cannot thrive in a climate of pure Capitalism. Jim Wallis proposes sustainable solutions to the world's most obvious problems, which in fact, also happen to be at the very heart of the Christian message. There is no justice in having a handful of oligarchs controlling all the wealth of the Earth. I support Jim Wallis's vision, and I encourage everyone to read not just this new book but the first one, as well, entitled God's Politics.