Jim Wallis on Religion and Politics

This Thursday, Jim Wallis will give a keynote speech at the Faith and American Values Summit.  Wallis His important God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It just came out in paperback, and the Oregonian published a short interview this morning.

Not long ago, some politicians challenged the faith of anyone who disagreed with Bush's judicial appointments. You use the words "blasphemous" and "idolatry" to describe their actions. Did they have any response?

"The use of faith to gain political power is idolatrous and blasphemous. God is not Republican. God is not a Democrat. Neither party owns God."

How do people respond when you suggest that our lifestyle, as Americans, is greedy and wasteful -- in those words?

"Pastors all over America struggle with how their congregations get captivated by shopping and materialism and how many taxes they do or don't pay. Here's a news flash: Shopping doesn't satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart."

If you'd like to hear more from Wallis, Powell's did a much more extensive interview with Wallis. 

Jim Wallis, "Good News for God's Politics," 7:30 pm Thursday, First Baptist Church at Southwest 12th Avenue and Taylor Street.  Free.

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    Should be a good event. You can read more about the meeting at:

    Oregon Center for Christian Values

  • 17yearoldwithanopinion (unverified)

    I'm reading God's Politic's right now and its a very good book. All democrats should read this thoughtful book.

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    Last time Wallis came to town, he was riveting. I definitely encourage people to see him and enjoy his wisdom. The book is also excellent.

  • AndyN (unverified)

    There was an interesting statistic floating around the internet the other day - according to a survey, 49% of people thought that the right pushes religion too much, and 69% percent thought the left pushes religion out of public life too much. Wallis makes some interesting points in his columns (haven't read this book yet). The danger for the left comes from ignoring the second half of the subtitle. Another interesting statistic showed that Bill Clinton got 40 percent of believers' votes, while John Kerry got just 21 percent. Then there are people like Howard Dean who couldn't even put Job in the right Testament. The left's problem in reaching people of faith is 1) being geniune and believable, and 2) doing so but not pissing off its aethistic and agnostic base that think it is okay to discriminate against Christians but not anybody else.

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    If you want to get into a dialogue with others on this subject, don't just go on Thursday, but sign up for the workshops on Saturday. This is where the rubber meets the road. <ahref=http: www.occv.org=""/>OCCV

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    Andy, that stat came from Pew's wonderful survey on religion and politics. You have the stat right on.

  • Danny Haszard (unverified)

    I was born/raised a devout Jehovah's Witness and they shun politics and anything else that's fun.~Danny Haszard Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses Rockland Massachusetts

  • Shannon Floyd (unverified)

    There's a good interview with Jim Wallis on the Al Franken Show on Air America today (9/21). In particular, he talks about his view of the role of religion in politics, with politics.

    <h2>Talking about Bush's certainty that he has "a direct line to God": "There are 2 uses for religion. One is to bring us greater certainty and the other is to call us to deeper reflection... His certainty, his self-confidence, tied to the sense of his faith, I think, is a dangerous thing... It's a matter of whether religion causes us to listen, and to pay attention, and to be more humble."</h2>
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