Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right
Princeton University Press, 2008 - 251 pages
The religious and political winds are changing. Tens of millions of religious Americans are reclaiming faith from those who would abuse it for narrow, partisan, and ideological purposes. And more and more secular Americans are discovering common ground with believers on the great issues of social justice, peace, and the environment. In Souled Out, award-winning journalist and commentator E. J. Dionne explains why the era of the Religious Right--and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage--is over.
Based on years of research and writing, Souled Out shows that the end of the Religious Right doesn't signal the decline of evangelical Christianity but rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold it out to a narrow electoral agenda of such causes as opposition to gay marriage and abortion. With insightful portraits of leading contemporary religious figures from Rick Warren and Richard Cizik to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Dionne shows that our great religions have always preached a broad message of hope for more just human arrangements and refused to be mere props for the powers that be. Dionne also argues that the new atheist writers should be seen as a gift to believers, a demand that they live up to their proclaimed values and embrace scientific and philosophical inquiry in a spirit of "intellectual solidarity."
Written in the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, Souled Out will help change how we think and talk about religion and politics in the post-Bush era.
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science), and people of faith are not blind automatons who never question
themselves or their deepest beliefs. At the heart of my argument is the view that
religious faith, far from being inevitably on the side of the status quo, should on
from faith itself — where, after all, did Voltaire come from? — by turning a concern
with the ultimate into a prop for temporal power. It distorts great traditions by
requiring their exponents to bob and weave in order to accommodate the political
Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right E. J. Dionne. disguising
doubt behind bold declarations that whatever they believe is really a mystery to
be taken on faith? I offer this list — I think it's fairly typical of questions believers
Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right E. J. Dionne. churches,
require unwed teenagers to have sex and then abort their children, and insist that
the schools teach atheism or exotic forms of New Age spirituality. It never crosses
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Like E.J. Dionne, I am a liberal Catholic, so the heart of this book, his two chapters on Catholicism, moved me. But I liked all of what he had to say about the role of faith in American politics and ... Read full review
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