The Soul of Politics by Jim Wallis
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 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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Jim Wallis was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 4, 1948. He graduated from Michigan State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is an evangelical Christian writer and political activist, best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners Magazine and of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name. He has written numerous books including The Great Awakening; Reviving Faith and Politics in a Post-Religious Right America (2008), God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It (2005), Faith Works: How Faith Based Organizations Are Changing Lives, Neighborhoods, and America (2000), The Soul of Politics: Beyond Religious Right and Secular Left (1995) and The Call to Conversion (1981).
Published January 1, 1994 by Orbis Books. 275 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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He avoids discussing the underlying philosophical questions of how society should be run and what people's duties are to each other, and his assessments of people and situations, such as that of contemporary South Africa, can be idealistic and naãve.

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Liberal and conservative politicians are so busy bashing each other that they have not put forward positive visions or programs to combat the social, economic, and political problems which confront us.

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