Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right
Princeton University Press
On Sale: January 24, 2008
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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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