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The Politics of Jesus
by John Howard Yoder
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 May, 1994)
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5-0 out of 5 stars stunning
This book has shaped my personal theology like few others. It offers unique insights into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a compelling critique to so many traditional streams of Christianity that consider the life of Jesus to have minimal relevance for our lives today.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Unashamed Theologian
This book is one of those that you will either completely hate and despise, or one that will completely rock your world.In my case, it was a world-rocker.Yoder was far ahead of much of nonfoundationalist and postliberal theology in his masterful work at simply reading and interpreting the Bible (and particularly the gospels) as if its content mattered for how we understand and perform social ethics.

The first part of the book is a contention that Jesus is not irrelevant for ethics.Yoder sucintly knocks down arguments that would seek to ground the substance of ethics in some norm other than God revealed in Christ.

The largest chapter of the book involves a close reading of the book of Luke, showing that Jesus, far from being apolitical, offers an alternative political possibility to that of Ceasar.Yoder goes on to discuss other biblical and historical issues such as the Jubilee language in the gospel of Luke and its implications, the oft-batted about passage on "the state" in Romans 13 - this section is simply masterful; Yoder is incredibly persuasive about how this passage has been misread out of context by those that seek to make Christian theology underwrite civil government.Yoder also examines the issues of war in the Old Testament, showing lucidly how these passages do not support an ethid of violence.There are also extended treatments on Pauline thought, including the Yoder's controversial (and brilliant) treatment of the Household Codes.There is a final chapter on Revelation is worth the price of the book itself.

This is definately a must-read.Even if you disagree with everything Yoder says, this book is a classic and presents questions that must be thought through by anyone who claims to follow Christ.

4-0 out of 5 stars Was Jesus a Dove?
I am borrowing a term from my youth and the Viet Nam conflct when people were labeled Hawks or Doves by their reaction to war.

Yoder makes a case that Jesus was VERY political.He was not uninterested in world events around him.He was involved, but not in the way that much of the religious right is today.More likely, he made the footsteps that Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mother Theresa later walked in.This is a book on politics, power, and pacifism.At least that is the way that Yoder sees it.

Many Christians do not agree with Yoder, but he is not easily dismissed.This book is well written and each chapter of this revised edition contains an epilogue that helps to update it with new information since the days of the first edition. ... Read more

Isbn: 0802807348
Sales Rank: 20090
Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Christianity - Theology - Christology    3. Christology    4. Example    5. Institutions & Organizations    6. Jesus Christ    7. Pacifism    8. Political and social views    9. Religion    10. Religious aspects    11. Social ethics    12. Theology   


20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid To Touch
by Tony Campolo
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (20 January, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Challenging, Thought-Provoking
While I do not agree with all of the author's opinions, I found the book to be insightful and thought-provoking.This book is NOT the same old same old.No.The author has original thoughts on almost every subject covered, and after reading the book and after careful, meditative reflection I have changed my opinions in a couple of areas.

On Homosexuality: Dr. Campolo DOES agree that the Bible maintains that homosexuality is a sin.He is clear.But he believes that someone with a homosexual orientation can refrain from engaging in sinful acts and be acceptable to God and a good Christian.Is this any different than someone with a bad temper submitting himself to God and striving to exercise self-control?Many of today's churches are accepting of remarriage after divorce (something that Jesus addressed)yet hold homosexuals in contempt (a subject that Jesus did not address).They protest in the streets against state recognized homosexual marriages without thinking twice (or even once) about divorce and remarriage.Is it any wonder why homosexuals think we hate them?Perhaps Romans 5:8 is missing in some of our Bibles.

5-0 out of 5 stars I agree with Tony Campolo 110 Percent!
Tony Campolo is right on the money. People who criticize him do not want to hear that their sins are just as repulsive to God as homosexuality. Dr. Campolo talks about other subjects such as women ministers,public schools, should Christians kill, and is it OK to be rich?

As far as homosexuality and AIDS. Dr. Campolo states that homosexualility is no worse than any other sin, especially the sin of adultery. To say AIDS is a special punishment from God for homosexuality disgraces the character of God. As Tony Campolo says if God uses illness to punish sin then we will ALL be in the hospital. Dr. Campolo urges Christians to reach out to the homosexual community and the people with AIDS with love.

Another topic was women ministers. He felt it was hypocritical to allow women to be ministers over seas but deny them the right to be ordained ministers in this country. Dr. Campolo states that there are many women with very strong ministries. DR. Campolo states that the passasge in scripture in which Paul says women should be quite in church was a reference to women who would use the church to speak out against their husbands. Also, Greco-Roman society was highly male dominate, therefore having women ministers may prevent people from joining the church. This is not the situation today.

Another controversial issue is pulling the plug on terminally ill patients. Dr.Compolo staes that it wrong to keep the body alive my artificial means. One such case are people that are declared brain dead. When the brain stops functioning the body stops functioning.These people are only kept alive by machines. Another case are people who are only kept alive by machines that are fully conscious. Dr. Campolo tells of a wife of a friend who had a disease that made some of her vital organs inoperative. She was in extreme pain and the pain medicine was not working. Without modern medicine she would have died anyway. He is not saying modern medicine is bad, but if these machines are the only thing that is keeping people alive,who are in extreme pain, at a great expense then these machines should be turned off and let nature take its course. He does not condone mercy killing or euthanasia. Dr. campolo is saying that when the body ceases to function naturally and the body is kept alive artificially then the patient and the patient's family has the right to turn of the machines.

I agree with Tony Campolo. Conservative Christians do not like to hear that they are equal sinners to homosexuals. Their sin is also mentioned in the Bible and is equally offensive to God. Tony Campolo is asking people to reach out to others with love and without judgement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book (that is,unless your a blinded fundamentalist!)
Tony Campolo is an amazing man of God who truly has a relevant message for today's church.Only those who believe that Republicanism and Christianity are indistinguishable would have a difficult time accepting Tony's suggestions in this book.Though I disagree with some of his ideas, I admire his courage in presenting some excellent concepts that the Church needs to face. ... Read more

Isbn: 0849935059
Sales Rank: 149355
Subjects:  1. Baptist authors    2. Christian ethics    3. Christianity - General    4. Inspirational - Protestant    5. Religion    6. Religion - Contemporary Issues    7. Social ethics    8. Religion / Christian Life    9. Social Issues   


The Soul of Politics: Beyond "Religious Right" and "Secular Left"
by Jim Wallis
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, but not very concrete
I really got this book hoping to be convinced by it's argument and vision.Like Wallis, I want to get beyond religious right and the scular left.The Religious Right is blind to crucial structural and social issues, particularly on the importance of race and class.The Left, however is likewise blind the the importance of religion and ethics in the public sphere and the loss of all notions of civic virtue.

Wallis is sucinct in his critique of both the Left and the Right, showing their significant failrues and incompleteness.His solution to the problem is to reintegrate politics and spirituality in continuity with the prophetic tradition of the biblical faith.This he thinks yeild signs of transformation that move toward addressing problems of race, class, gender, consumerism and militarism.

On the whole, I'm very sympathetic with Wallis's aims, as well as those of Sojourners magazine and the work of Sojournes Community in Washington D.C.However, there are at least two over-arching problems with Wallis's argument.

The first is political (as the word is normailly understood).Essentially, Wallis is good at pointing out problems in the current political situation and in talking about what a transformed politics would look like.However, there is little or no concrete discussion of how people can begin to work toward such forms of transformation, even on the grassroots level.I know that Wallis has been heavily involved in such efforts, and has a lot the he could say about how concerned people can begin to be active politically to work for transformation in cities and communities, but he simply never goes there.This, I think is problematic.

The second problem is theological.While Wallis is concerned to integrate politics and spirituality, he does so through what seems to be a theologically liberal approach, namely that religion is good in that it contributes "values" to the public square, but has no politics that is inherent in the life of the church itself.There seems to be an underriding assumption in Wallis's writing that the church's role in the world is to make the world better, rather than to bear witness to Christ through being a community of reconcilliation and peace.This is not to say that I don't think the church should work for social justice in the cities and communities in which they reside.But, the primary way the church effects transformation in the social order is to itself be a transformed social order.The best way for the church to work against racial problems in America is for the church to itself be a community in which racial differences are embraced and people of all races live together in peace and friendship.

In short, I am skeptical if the kinds of transformation that Wallis hopes for can be achieved throughout the world at all.But I know they cannot be if the church fails to embody for the world what a transformed society is.Until that happens, I don't think politics will ever be able to have a soul.

This is not to say I hated the book, or anyting like that.There are many important points made in this book, but I thinkWallis misses the centrality of the church and the importance of providing some measure of concrete guidance to those seeking to find ways of being a redemptive presence in society.Nevertheless, I do recommend this book, though the reader should make sure to read Stanley Hauerwas and Lesslie Newbigin for some more substanial material.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great and timely advice, but...
This is a very admirable view and Wallis is very forgiving, as we all should be. That is, after all, the Christian way. However, while we can and should forgive the Christian Right for their hypocrisy, they will not escape judgment from the son of man, as Jesus promised. Jesus said that while hypocrites prophesy and claim to do many wonderful works in the name of the Lord, they are an "abomination," and the day will come when they are told to depart from the church (unless they repent). That day has come.

As Jesus promised, the messenger for the Spirit of Truth now guides us unto all truth and shows us things to come. (John 16:13-14) And the messenger is the "bridegroom-lamb" who, as John foresaw, is our "brother who has the testimony of Jesus." (Revelation 19:10) He is not the Christ, but the prodigal son of man who fulfills Jewish and Christian prophecy. He explains the true meaning of prophecy, and he delivers truly righteous judgment.

This is all explained in the message, which is titled Real Prophecy Unveiled: Why the Christ Will Not Come Again, And Why the Religious Right Is Wrong, by Joseph J. Adamson. He says the world does not need a mortal savior to scorn and crucify, or to exalt and put on a pedestal, and no man should be tempted with such great worldly power or bear such responsibility. He says the world needs the truth, and nothing but the truth, and he repeats what Isaiah wrote, that "besides God there is no savior."

Therefore, while Wallis offers us great advice, we should not be surprised that the fulfillment of prophecy will mean that the proud and militant will be brought low in order to enable the humble and meek to inherit the earth. That's what it's all about.

5-0 out of 5 stars Disgusted with politics?Give this book a try!
Have you ever bought an interesting-looking book, tucked it away on a shelf, finally gotten around to reading it a couple of years later, and then kicked yourself for waiting so long?That's how I felt when I at last read Jim Wallis' *Soul of Politics*.If it doesn't reinspire you to work for a better society, nothing will.

Wallis calls for what he calls a "prophetic politics of personal and social transformation," one that's built on the Judaeo-Christian insight that righteousness requires both individual and social responsibility.A contemporary re-application of this insight can help the secular left and the religious right learn from and complement one another and break free of the dysfunctional impasse they've reached.The left tends to overemphasize structural evil at the expense of individual responsibility; the right tends to overemphasize individual virtue while ignoring structural evil.But the prophetic politics--the politics with soul--Wallis advocates takes both into consideration.Individual responsibility to other individuals, to the community, to the environment, a call to action that "challenges the old while announcing the new" (p. 53), a spirit-filled replacement of unjust institutions that prevent humans from attaining maximal being:this is the heart of Wallis' message.

It's easy to become cynical and opt out of the political arena to cultivate one's own garden.But if Wallis is correct, such a withdrawal--if I may use an old-fashioned word that we perhaps ought to take seriously again--is a sin.To remain silent in the face of injustice is to acquiesce to it.Wallis' book gives us a good idea of how to go about healing the fragmentation of our society.The last third of the book deals with strategic details.

Read this book.Politics is too important to be left to the professional politicians. ... Read more

Isbn: 0156003287
Sales Rank: 10186
Subjects:  1. 1993-2001    2. Christianity and politics    3. General    4. Philosophy    5. Political science    6. Politics - Current Events    7. Politics and government    8. Politics/International Relations    9. United States    10. Political Science / General   


Saints of the Revolution: The Story of Christians in Castro's Cuba
Director: Matt Valentine
VHS Tape (01 April, 2002)
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Asin: B0000665TK
Sales Rank: 61121
Subjects:  1. Television & Documentary    2. Religious Documentaries    3. Special Interests    4. Religion   


Fidel and Religion Conversations With Frei
by Frei Betto

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Isbn: 0947083006
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5-0 out of 5 stars SOJOURNERS Speaks for today's Issues...
When I first read Editor Jim Wallis Editoral, MINDS & HEARTS it was titled "The Religious Right ERA Is Over!" His Big statement was, "A backlash has begun even among Evangelicals: Falwell's rating has slid to 44% among Evangelicals. Pope John Paul, when speaking to the same issues of Abortion and Poverty has been rated by the same groups at 60%! Next pages feature, "10 things to do Before the Election!" I did them all easily, promptly and thoroughly! Third comes the longer article on, "Fear has control over most lives and groups because it is hardly ever recognized!"

Richard Rohr reminded me of those same lessons I learned in CPE in the late 1980's at EMORY! Only in facing honestly our deeper fears can we overcome those demons of fear that we struggle with in our "Psychology of Spiritual Obedience." The appropriate title of my favorite writer, Frances MacNutt! When you place the Black Church Immediately afterwards in The MACROWAVE Notes of David Batstone, Exec Editor... they are busy "Bringing Down the Holy Spirit", then you really stand at-attention and Tune-In!

All in All in my reading from Editorial to Book Review, I am totally hooked on SOJOURNERS,
from Today's Issues to Spirituality listings, the oft-circulated Petition with names Like Myron Augsburger, Joan Chittister, Blind Musician Ken Medema, Jeremiah Wright, and Phillip Yancey! Many more Amens for closing Editorial by Ed Spivey, H'RUMPHS...Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood

5-0 out of 5 stars Challenging for Christians
Christians live in an difficult age when disbelief is the norm, mediocrity defines many faiths, and passivity is not a choice of strength, but of fear. "Sojourners" discusses the real life of a believer.

"Sojourners" challenges all of those points. What does it mean to be a relevant Christian? With a myriad of complex social issues that Christians often respond to as a matter of politics and avoid examining the bibical principles.

Hunger. Homosexuality. Homelessness. Third world unrest. War. Gender leadership (in the Church).

What do you think?

"Sojourners" addresses and facilitates thinking about these issues. Don't expect it to preach to the choir. It is, in some ways, like "Moody Magazine," with an emphasis on world issues.

Read "Sojourners" carefully, with your Bible in hand. Disagree or agree with them, you'll like find yourself more passionate about one side or another of an issue.

I fully recommend "Sojourners."

Anthony Trendl ... Read more

Asin: B00005QJEA
Sales Rank: 265
Subjects:  1. Religion & Spirituality   


Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Over a recording career that spans three decades, Canada's BruceCockburn has established himself as a passionate social advocate, a deftguitarist, and an adventurous musical spirit. Though nobody would characterizehim as a singles artist, this collection of tracks originally earmarked for (andoften ignored by) radio presents his often earnest, occasionally elliptical songcraft at its most accessible. Cockburn's rhythmic insistence and airyarrangements--punctuated by jazzy violin and saxophone--redeem "If I Had aRocket Launcher" and "A Dream Like Mine" as more than sloganeering, though thestridency of "Call It Democracy" belabors the message at the expense of themusic. Bookended by two new cuts, this anthology anticipates a reissue series ofCockburn's catalog through his new association with Rounder Records. --DonMcLeese ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Tip of the Iceberg
This CD is a smart purchase if, like me, you have always admired Bruce Cockburn's work, but have been too stingy to purchase more than an album or two from his prolific catalogue.It's also a good introduction to those not as familiar with his body of work.It is, however, rather limited in its view, almost by definition.Being a "singles" collection, it focuses more on the commercially-tooled songs from his albums of the last 25 years, so it doesn't completely represent all sides of the artist.Still, there are memorable songs here, starting with "Wondering Where the Lions Are", his only U.S. Top 40 hit, from his breakthrough 1979 album "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws"; all the way up to "The Last Night of the World" from his wonderful 1999 release, "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu."All the previously-released songs are bookended by two new songs, "My Beat", and "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere."Cockburn has always written songs that make no secret of his political, environmental and spiritual views, and at times his lyrics do get a little preachy.But that's always redeemed by the excellence of the music in which it is presented.It's nearly impossible to adequately encapsulate an artist's 30-year career on one CD, but this one does a better job than most, and it's a pretty good way to get Cockburn a space on your CD rack.Buy this one, then if you want to expand your appreciation of this fine Canadian artist, buy the above-mentioned CD's, then try "Stealing Fire", "The Charity of Night", and "Nothing But a Burning Light".

4-0 out of 5 stars Starter Kit
Turn on a friend to this Absolute MASTER of guitar styles and influences...I have been a fan for 20 years and this is the most complete gathering of his hits. It would rate 5 stars but the addition of a couple of his more recent efforts took away a star.I have had this in the car cd player for two weeks and get a kick out of it every time.I saw Mr Cockburn with his band in Northampton many moons ago and it is still the most exciting evening of music I have ever experianced. Buy the disc for someone you love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Anytme, Anywhere
Bruce Cockburn's "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" is an outstanding single-disc anthology that collects enough first rate material to make the argument that Cockburn's name ought to be mentioned with the rock and roll elite of his era, despite his relative obscurity.Many people harp on Cockburn's leftist lyrics, but the same argument could be made against, say, U2, and Cockburn never wrote anything as silly as that U2 lyric about a fish riding a bicycle.The bottom line for any rock artist: is the music any good?And Cockburn's selections on this recording are very good.

The chronology starts out in the late 70s, fortunately, since that means it contains Cockburn's biggest single, "Wondering Where the Lions Are."It then moves through the 80s and 90s, hitting such high points as the angry "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," the danceable "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," the enviro-rant "If a Tree Falls," the sweet ballad "Waiting for a Miracle," and the ominously-titled "Last Night of the World."As with any artist who hasn't had a lot of singles chart success, some might quibble with a few of the selections, but every track included is at least solid.

Overall, a very generous sing volume anthology that greatly enhance's Bruce Cockburn's musical legacy. ... Read more

Asin: B00005U59T
Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Rock   


Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger
by Ronald J. Sider
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1-0 out of 5 stars Read Chilton's Refutation!
This is a classic piece of Christian socialist propaganda. Readers who are interested in learning the truth from Scripture will find David Chilton's refutation helpful, "Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators: A Biblical Response to Ronald J. Sider." Published by the Institute for Christian Economics, it may be accessed free in its entirity, here: http://www.freebooks.com/docs/21b6_47e.htm. Chilton's brilliant analysis includes the following observation (p. 20):

"Sider's blueprint calls for socialistic redistribution of wealth and government intervention - a blue-print not countenanced by Scripture, but which Sider claims to find in the fact that 'biblical revelation tells us that God and his faithful people are always at work liberating the oppressed, and also provides some principles apropos of justice in society.'

"In plain translation: where the Bible isstraightforward on economic issues, it is not valid; where the Bible states a general principlethat can be redefined in terms of 'liberationist' specifics, it is valid. In Sider's hands, the Bible becomes no more than a ventriloquist's dummy. Or, to put it another way: 'The hands are Esau's hands, but the voice is the voice of Jacob.' Sider's thesis looks biblical, on the surface; but the voice is the voice of Ronald Sider.

"Detailed documentation of this charge will appear in the following chapters. For the present, we will examine an outline of the biblical laws on economics and government. There is 'a comprehensive blueprint' for economics in Scripture, but it is not the kind Sider wishes to implement. Therefore, he has to deny that such a blueprint exists."

Read Sider if you wish, but be sure to read Chilton's clear refutation of all that Sider propounds in this antibiblical treatise, "Rich Christians."

5-0 out of 5 stars Our Continuous Improvement
It's about our salvation! I would say this is the basic message ofRich Christians in a Age of Hunger. Sider makes it loud and clear that these two facts are undeniable and inescapalbe. First, God is not passive about economic justice. Just read the 64 passages in The Bible about the liberation of the poor and oppressed and God's love of the poor and oppressed including Matthew 25:40. In addition, poverty and its horrible effects are wide spread in our world today.

Up to now, most of us have been denying the challenges of poverty to avoid feelings of guilt. What we need to do today is remind everyone that economic justice is about compassion not guilt. We can practice our compassion by doing our best to be more generous everyday. In the business world, this is known as "continuous improvement."

Some good companions to this book are Opting For The Poor by P.J. Henriot S.J, How Much Is Enough? by Arthur Simon, and Unexpected News by Robt. M. Brown. These great books inspired me to compile a social ministry manual which is online and free at www.slu.edu/departments/church/SocialMinistry.htm .

5-0 out of 5 stars Still showing us where our hearts are trully at!
Ron Sider and this book is the main reason why I chose to go to seminary to prepare for the ministry, why I do music ministry among the homeless, and why I chose the Mennonite Church as my home denomination (freedom to focus on issues of compassion in tandem with evangelism). That's the hand of God in all of this. I'm amazed to see some STILL haven't made their peace with scripture's view of materialism and justice for the poor, but I shouldn't be surprised, because Jesus said there definitely would be goats to weed out in the end times!

Just looking over the "attack reviews" here is pretty revealing. One reviewer seethes with anger over the idea of putting others interests ahead of his own. Have you never read Paul? To wit:

Ro 9:3 "For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race."

Php 2:3 "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves."

Or how about Jesus:

Mt 16:24 "Jesus told his disciples, 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'"

Lu 6:20 "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."

Matt 25:44 "Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' 45 Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' 46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Along with all of this are the typical misrepresentations of Sider's theology: he advocates Marxism (no, he actually supports local-government control of affairs as the best way to bring about change); he thinks people should eat even if they don't work (never said that? where?); he is a liberal (actually he was schooled in Christian apologetics early on by John Warwick Montgomery); he is against earning a living (so laughable as to not even deserve a response). To those who persist in these ad hominem attacks, I say one thing: Ex 20:16!

So the idea of America being "rich because others are poor" is sheer nonsense, eh? Tell this to the Native Americans who were the victims of a near-genocidal attempt at taking away their homeland? (If you think I'm parroting what I know nothing about, look at Klamath County, Oregon, which in the days before the white settlers was a land rich in the fishing industry. Look at the area's current struggles SINCE we took over.) Tell this to African slaves who were used to practically build this country- to a large degree. Look into the history of things like "insurance policies" taken out on slaves as if they were property. Then look at how British and American interference in the Mid-East is STILL resulting in a turbulence- we build up dictatorial regimes & wonder why we are still hated over there & in other parts of the world as well. Bottom line: The U.S. is not perfect, not the "New Israel", not above committing sheer evil. Stop acting as if we are.

What bothers me the most about Sider's opponents is this: what if we really ARE wrong in the way we approach public policy in regards to poverty & wealth and the Bible has something to say about it? Not an outlandish idea since this happened to Israel. The detractors of this theology would have us bury our heads in the sand & not search our hearts & the scriptures & listen to the Spirit, since our Capitalism has already been "justified" in our eyes.

Go ahead and buy your books by dominionist heretics like Chilton. You need your conscious salved between now and the separation of sheep and goats. Make sure you stock up on some good systematic theology to keep you with the illusion that you are "predestined" to go to heaven and nothing you will do can keep you from that destiny, so you won't have to spend your nights awake bothered by the verses that place responsibility to repent on YOU. You don't want God to tell you that he is lord even of your wallet, so why bother? OR...maybe you would like to approach books like Sider's with an attitude of humility and resolve that you will do whatever GOD wants you to do with your life. Who knows, you might like submitting to God? His yoke is always easy! ... Read more

Isbn: 0849914248
Sales Rank: 32453
Subjects:  1. Christianity    2. Christianity - Christian Life - General    3. Christianity - History - General    4. Economics    5. Hunger    6. Religion    7. Religion - Contemporary Issues    8. Religious aspects    9. Wealth    10. Religion / Christian Life    11. Social Issues   


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5-0 out of 5 stars The best in Christian scholarship
The review by Douglas Hyden is greatly mistaken. He states, "If you're the kind of person who thinks that our invasion of Iraq fits the definition of 'just war', that we need to bring back the tridentine mass, that women in church should be seen and not heard, and that modern society is going to hell in a handbasket because of those damn liberals, then this magazine is for you."

What is most surprising is that Mr. Hyden is wrong on every point. First Things did a positive review of University of Chicago's Jean Bethke Elshtain's book, 'Just War on Terror,' but they also ran a rebuttal by Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University). Not to mention, the book (Just War on Terror) was defending the Afghanistan invasion; it says nothing of the present Iraq war. It is merely a defense of traditional, Augustinian just war theory. As for the tridentine mass comment, I've yet to read an article promoting a switch back to the tridentine mass. In fact, Fr Neuhaus (the founder and editor-in-chief) supports Vatican II (as a good orthodox Catholic), he just has some problems with the "spirit of Vatican II," as the dissenters call it (in order to defend everything from the use of contraceptives to the "right" to abortion). As for Hyden's comment on women, First Things ran an article by Michael Novak in defense of an all-male priesthood. That hardly translates into "women should be seen and not heard." It seems that Mr. Hyden has a problem with others expressing an opinion other than his. So he trashes the other opinion in a most immature manner. The truth is that First Things is perhaps the most even-handed journal out there. Even the article on banning priestesses was followed in the next issue with a rebuttal by Robert Louis Wilken (University of Virginia).

By and large, First Things represents a general Judeo-Christian orthodoxy (contributors include Catholics, Protestants, and Jews). It is widely read and widely respected, even by those who disagree. Fortunately, First Things puts all of their past issues online for free and includes a very helpful search engine. Go to the website and see why I believe this journal to represent the finest in Christian scholarship.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Naked Public Square
First Things is one of the best sources for in-depth analysis and reflection upon current trends in the church and the world from a scholarly, Christian perspective. It isn't a bunch of neoconservatives sitting around trying to figure out how to bring the Latin Mass back. It IS a thoughtful critique of modern culture with helpful remedies to the general intellectual and cultural trends that are sliding further into banality and often outright moral bankruptcy.Contributors range from both left and right of the political/theological spectrum, but the editor in chief, Fr Richard Neuhaus, is perhaps the leading catholic intellectual in the United States and he clearly pilots the magazine to the right- which isn't a bad thing. The good father's sharp wit and intellectual powers are always at full throttle.

Mostly Roman Catholic in perspective, but it appeals to anyone interested in the Naked Public Square.

You may also want to subscribe to Touchstone, a journal of Christian thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars Caution: No Pictures Inside!!!
Other political/social magazines are filled with questionable polls, inflammatory headlines, and emotionally charges photos.

First Things, on the other hand, forces the reader to deal with the issues, instead of providing an easy way out with all those "great" pictures, graphs, tables, and other easy-digestibles our culture seems to need before its members can understand anything over an eighth grade education.

This is not a journal for the knee-jerk conservative or the knee-jerk liberal--if you're not willing to think about it, don't read it. ... Read more

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The Divine Conspiracy : Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
by Dallas Willard
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dallas Willard, an acclaimed theologian and professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California, fulfills the longing of many Christians who want to live as true disciples of Christ rather than distant dabblers. Likewise, he scoffs at consumer Christians who are simply banking on admittance to heaven as their payoff for attending church. Or worse still, those who use Christianity to advance their political agendas rather than their spiritual ones. But this is not a scolding book. Rather, Willard devotes his efforts to discussing specific and inspiring ways to develop a discipleship to Jesus--not as an act of sacrifice or even one of spiritual luxury--instead, as everyday people committed to the teachings of Christ. "The really good news for Christians is that Jesus is now taking students in the master class of life," writes Willard. "So the message of and about him is specifically a gospel for our life now, not just for dying. It is about living now as his apprentices in kingdom living, not just as consumers of his merits." --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Dallas Willard's treatment of the Gospel
I, too, might have given 4 or 5 stars to this book had I not read chapter 2. In it, Dallas Willard seems to go out of his way to virtually deny that the Gospel is "Jesus death for our sins and His resurrection from the dead." But I am hopeful that was not Willard's intent. I imagine he is trying to make God's people realize that eternal life begins now, that changed lives and an intimate relationship with God come from the Gospel. And to that I say AMEN! However, in pages 41-50 of the hardback, he writes in such a way that leaves an impression of undermining the significance of Jesus death for our sins and resurrection from the dead. He seems to deny that Jesus death and resurrection is the Gospel. Perhaps I've misunderstood him, but, nevertheless, that is the impression I came away with after reading chapter 2.

In a book by D.A. Carson, the auther says Dallas Willard has a "pop-atonement theology". Whether this is true or not, you be the judge. Here are a few quotes from Willard's book, The Divine Conspiracy:

The Atonement as the Whole Story
'If you ask anyone from that 74 percent of Americans who say they have made a commitment to Jesus Christ what the Christian gospel is, you will probably be told that Jesus died to pay for our sins, and that if we will only believe he did this, we will go to heaven when we die.
In this way what is only one theory of the "atonement" is made out to be the whole of the essential message of Jesus. To continue with the theological language for the moment, justification has taken the place of regeneration...'

'Charles Ryrie states that "The Gospel that saves is believing that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead." "The good news." he continues, " is that Christ has done something about sin [paid for it] and that He lives today to offer His forgiveness to me."....Ryrie does not try to support his claim that removal of sin-guilt (not of sin itself, as his words might suggest), to secure entrance into heaven after death, is the problem or issue. He quite correctly assumes that all parties to the current debate (ie. MacArthur, etc.) will agree with him about this. But in the face of Christian history and of the biblical record, that claim does need support -- support it can never find.'

Recalling Abraham's Faith and Righteousness
'Ryrie comments, with reference to the use of "gospel" in the Gospels of Mark and Luke, "Our Lord is the central theme of the good news." And this is certainly right. But he and many others see no distinction between saying that and saying, "The Gospel is the good news about the death and resurrection of Christ" '

4-0 out of 5 stars A book for our generation and this church
I have read through this book four times. Much of it is disconcerting, but in the sense of the change of pardigm it forces upon you. Willard's writing is sometimes wonderful, sometimes long-winded. But the thoughts are always first rate. I understand some peoples uneasiness of what he writes from a theological side, and at several places his exposition of the Sermon on the Mount is awkward,or at least not traditional. But his primary assertion that this teaching of Christ was descriptive, not perscriptive, is good news. He is strong in his understanding of the primacy of the Kingdom of God in the teaching of Christ, and that drives him to ask where is that primacy now? Important question, if not prophetic. His move from the theological understanding to the practice of the faith is always his main objective. This being so, I cannot agree with the assertion that he is weak on the doctrine of sin. He seeks to address sin in the way Christ did.

Sometimes he says things in ways that can be misconstrued if taken out of context. Several negative reviews fall in to this practice.

In short this is one of the best books on the christian life as it was meant to be lived- maybe a modern classic. Certainly it is Willard's finest work.

5-0 out of 5 stars A profound rediscovery of Jesus teachings
I'm loath to even attempt to review this book, as I don't think I can really do it justice, but I'll make a brief recommendation. The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard is a very stimulating discussion of the teachings of Jesus, encouraging the reader to take seriously a commitment to being a student (disciple) of Jesus as we live our lives, rather than settling for mediocrity and 'consumer Christianity'. It ranges from a look at where Christianity stands at present, what the Kingdom of God actually means in the universe through to the essence of what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus. Willard provides a refreshing take on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes which looks at the whole message in context rather than as a series of unrelated commands which seem impossible to live up to. At points it's heavy going, but I'd definitely recommend taking the time to devour this book - it's one of the most powerful that I've read. ... Read more

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Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, 25th Anniversary Edition
by Richard J. Foster
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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When Richard Foster began writing Celebration of Discipline more than 20 years ago, an older writer gave him a bit of advice: "Be sure that every chapter forces the reader into the next chapter." Foster took the advice to heart; as a result, his book presents one of the most compelling and readable visions of Christian spirituality published in the past few decades. After beginning with a simple observation--"Superficiality is the curse of our age.... The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people"--Foster's book moves to explain the disciplines people must cultivate in order to achieve spiritual depth. In succinct, urgent, and sometimes humorous chapters, Foster defines a broad range of classic spiritual disciplines in terms that are lucid without being too limiting and offers advice that's practical without being overly prescriptive. For instance, after describing meditation as a combination of "intense intimacy and awful reverence," he settles into such down-to-earth topics as how to choose a place and a posture in which to meditate.

Perhaps most interesting and useful is Foster's chapter on the controversial Christian discipline of submission. According to Foster, submission does not demand self-hatred or loss of identity. Instead, it simply means growing secure in the conviction that "our happiness is not dependent on getting what we want" but on the fulfillment that naturally flows from love of one's neighbors. Such wise and encouraging suggestions have helped many readers to discard the idea that discipline is an onerous duty and to move toward a liberating and simpler idea of discipline--whose defining character, as Foster never forgets, is joy. --Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth Celebrating
When you think about the title, "Celebration of Discipline," and when it was first written, 1978, then Richard Foster's wisdom and boldness grow more apparent. The late 70s and early 80s were not times associated with discipline. Celebration, yes. Discipline, no.

In linking celebration and spiritual discipline, Foster demonstrates that he is a man before his times, bringing us back to times before ours. He was one of the first to call Protestants to return to the spiritual disciplines of their spiritual ancestors. Nearly three decades later, many have jumped on Foster's bandwagon, but none have blazed a better trail.

"Celebration of Discipline" remains the classic treatment on the path to spiritual growth. It is used by those in the traditional, the contemporary and the emergent church movements. It cuts across ideological barriers because of its scalpel-like precision in cutting to the heart of spiritual formation.

Foster demonstrates that the classic spiritual disciplines practiced throughout Church history provide the door to liberation--liberation from defeat, despair, and division. His balanced focus on the inward, outward, and corporate disciplines encourages personal spiritual maturity in the context of Christian community that impacts the larger communities in which we live.

Reviewer: Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is the author of "Soul Physicians: A Theology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Spiritual Friends: A Methodology of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," and the forthcoming "Sacred Companions: A History of Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." He is also a seminary professor and department chair.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential For all Followers of Christ
If you are in search for true spiritual meaning, read this book.It takes you through a world uncharted by many Christians, but should be experienced by us all.This is not a "how to" book, it is much more than that.

5-0 out of 5 stars True classic! Essential for any christian's spiritual growth
The pastors serving my church always quote this book in their sermons. So, blame it on my pride and stupidity, I had neglected it for long. I had been very wrong. Though it's just about 200 pages, it is the most concentrated (think of Uranium 235) spiritual dose I had ever taken. With no nonsense, the 3 parts (Inward/Outward/Corporate Disciplines) of 12 topics including Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service, Confession, Worship, Guidance and Celebration, simply (in my opinion as a baptised Christian for over 2 decades and somebody who read tens of Christian books) give every Christian the essential armor or weaponry to fight their spiritual wars on earth. It's the best combination of simple words, great teachings and excellent writing skill. In short, a must read. ... Read more

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Loaves and Fishes
by Dorothy Day
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5-0 out of 5 stars "All we give is given to us to give"
So says Dorothy Day in "Loaves and Fishes" (p. 177), and it is both the heart of the book's message and the central theme of her adult life.Thank goodness Orbis has reprinted this classic personal history of the Catholic Worker movement and the colorful saints in its ranks.In the book, Dorothy tells how her depression-era meeting with Peter Maurin birthed first a newspaper, then a hospitality house, then a national movement.In addition, Dorothy tries to explain the underlying theological and spiritual principles of the Catholic Workers:the resistance to power structures that cynically refuse to care for society's most vulnerable; the Christ-inspired conviction that voluntary poverty (or what Dorothy called "precarity") is a mechanism for social reform as well as a transformative sharing in redemptive suffering; that the duty of Christians is to collaborate with God in the creation of God's Kingdom; and that in society as it's currently structured, one is either on the side of the poor or one is an exploiter--there's no fence-sitting.As Peter Maurin says (quoted by Dorothy, p. 86):"We cannot see our brother [or sister] in need without stripping ourselves.It is the only [genuine] way we have of showing our love."

Reading Dorothy Day, as I try to do every year, is a reminder both of how far from the Gospel message most of us who call ourselves Christians live, and how wonderfully easy, joyful, and liberating living that message would actually be.By both her example and writings, Dorothy invites us to ask ourselves why we hold back from doing what we know is right, and inspires us to roll up our sleeves and accept the Gospel challenge.Let her have the final word here (p. 176):

"One of the greatest evils of the day...is [a] sense of futility.People say, What good can one person do?What is the sense of our small effort?They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the one action of the present moment.But we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transorm all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes."

5-0 out of 5 stars inspiring
This book contains the highlights and experiences of Dorothy Day,the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. It is a very enjoyable book. The philosophy and beliefs are brought out in a series of experiences, many of them humorous, about the unique characters, role models and lessons learned in trying to adopt an early Christian communal attitude to charity and bring it to the streets of New York City. Dorothy Day lived her beliefs intently.Over the decades it resulted in running many urban soup kitchens, Hospitality houses, a farm or two, along with publishing the Catholic Worker Newspaper and authoring this very inspiring book.. This book will make you think,

5-0 out of 5 stars A deeply moving book, from a sorely needed voice
At a time when the "mainstream" media insists on appointing the Christian Coalition and other groups of their ilk as voices of the Gospel in todays world, we are reminded of how much the life, words, and witness of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker are needed.Back in print in the handsome edition, "Loaves and Fishes" tells the history of the movement founded by Day and Peter Maurin.In an era when far too many associate Christianity with indifference to Christ's poor, and the embracement of intolerant and spiteful political agendas, the voice of prophets like Day are sorely needed. ... Read more

Isbn: 1570751560
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Director: Richard Attenborough
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 multiple-Oscar winner (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley) is an engrossing, reverential look at the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, who introduced the doctrine of nonviolent resistance to the colonized people of India and who ultimately gained the nation its independence. Kingsley is magnificent as Gandhi as he changes over the course of the three-hour film from an insignificant lawyer to an international leader and symbol. Strong on history (the historic division between India and Pakistan, still a huge problem today, can be seen in its formative stages here) as well as character and ideas, this is a fine film. --Tom Keogh ... Read more


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4-0 out of 5 stars Great
I was told to watch this movie for a history class a few years back.I have been interested in India and its place in the new world order.This movie was depressing, but also uplifting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb film about Britain, India, and the man in between.
Notwithstanding his having been a great man, Gandhi is not necessarily an example for our times. This is a beautifully made film; one of the most moving ever made, but not for its perceived "Lessons".Rather, this film is great for what makes any film great: wonderful acting (phenomenal on Mr. Kingsley's part), skilled direction, great camera cinematography, lighting, editing, and pace.The sceenplay and story, of course, are highly contributory herein, but even were this fiction the film would still qualify as a great film.It is simply a great film however you look at it. You needn't read too much into this film to enjoy it; or see in Gandhi's example, say, a panacea of sorts for our world of today.Passive non-violent resistance worked for Gandhi first in South Africa (to some extent) and then India mostly because his adversary was a civilized one.Gandhi, let's remember, basically used British law against the British themselves.He was able to succeed not simply because his cause was noble and/or because passive resistance is inherently effective.I grant you that his campaign was a brilliant one, skillfully engineered; but against most any other country save Britain, it would have only "ended before it began," as former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky says in his book "The Case for Democracy"; most likely in Gandhi's death ordisappearance.Disregarding some fellow reviewers herein, do you honestly think a Gandhi would have had any chance resisting the likes of a Kaiser Wilhelm, Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin or even a Mugabe, Duvailier or Hussein?(How long do you think, to modernize this issue, would the Dalai Lama remain free were he to land in Tibet and attempt to lead a campaign of non-violent resistance against Red China?) I have read Gandhi's autobiography and I give him his just due. I'm just saying that Imperial Britain's historic traditions and norms of behavior had an important role herein as well, and this ought be recognized (and no, I'm not British myself). Gandhi is an example in one way (and maybe we'll see the likes of another Gandhi somewhere, someday), but "His Example" isn't one we should deceive ourselves as being applicable across the board within the chaotic world in which we live.In short, this film is a superb treatment of an important historical episode (particular to a rather specific period and set of circumstances) and, as such, well worth your time viewing. Cheers!

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent and extraordinary
Excellent movie about an extraordinary man. I was surprised to learn that Gandhi incorporated the teachings of Jesus Christ into his belief system. He successfully freed India of England's rule without ever lifting a sword or firing a gun. Just amazing! ... Read more

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The Long Loneliness
by Dorothy Day
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3-0 out of 5 stars The Long Loneliness
This book is Dorothy Day's own autobiography. I know she was a remarkable woman. Everything that I have seen and heard about her has been outstanding. I was excited when I found this book.
However, I felt disappointed by this book. It was rather boring and dry. Dorothy must have been very humble, because she writes about herself in a mundane fashion. It sounds like this is the diary account of her life. I guess she must not have realized how heroic she really was. She also experienced significant pain and isolation in her life, hence the title.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Conversion Story
Catholic faith fascinates people. How did her spiritual life develop, and how did it influence the remainder of her life? Many wonderful authors, including but not limited to people such as William Miller, Robert Coles, and most recently Paul Elie, have written extensively about Dorothy Day and help us understand this amazing and complex woman, but nothing is more rewarding than reading the writings of Day herself.

THE LONG LONELINESS is a classic spiritual tome and is often referred to as Day's spiritual autobiography. In many ways it is similar to Thomas Merton's SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN, and it is easily a close second in popularity with many Catholics. Though Day's writing style is much drier than Merton's writing and her story is not quite as spellbinding as the artist and aspiring writer turned monk, the reader can sense God working powerfully in Day's life. If the book were published today, it would probably be categorized as a memoir, rather than an autobiography since day does not as much tell her story as reflect on how God called her to a life of faith.

The book is a "must read" for anyone who loves and admires Dorothy Day. It is also a book that will interest people interested in religious social activism. Yet the book may speak most powerfully to those who are on a spiritual quest themselves, either knowingly or unknowingly.

1-0 out of 5 stars she should've stuck to being a social activist
I was required to read this book for school this summer and it was by far the worst book I have read in my life.Its only a 280 page book, but her style of writing makes it seem as if it was about a thousand.She fills the book with useless information (i.e. she writes an in depth account of a cover of a book her brother brought home one day and then wonders what it was about.That was completely pointless and failed to advance the plot at all.)Instead of sticking to the core story, which might have been interesting she rambles off about random occurences constantly. ... Read more

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The Violence of Love
by Oscar A. Romero James R. Brockman
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5-0 out of 5 stars Please read this book
I bought this book after seeing the DVD "Romero".There are very few things in my life which I can say changed everything for me, and the DVD and this book were some of those few.He speaks simply and clearly to a loved audience of suffering believers.He speaks to the need of a conversion of love for the poor as an imperative step after a conversion to Christ.That every Christian living in comfort and safetymust give money, time, energy, and prayer to the needs of the poor and oppressed.And that this giving must be past the point of what is convenient.He says that no Christian has a right to live in comfort if he sees someone suffering.That any Christian suffering must pray for and love their enemies.This book is radical in its simplicity, in its clarity, in its gentleness, and in its absolute conviction. Tragically, Romero was killed in 1980 for trying to live out the commands of Christ.

This book is great as a devotional, even if you are not into devotionals, and can be read in small bites.

5-0 out of 5 stars a search for the meaning of Christianity
A wonderful book for discovering the true meaning of Christian love in our often difficult and painful world. I have used this book more than once in putting together mini retreats for adults. One cannot help soul searching after the experience. Viewing the film Romero with Raul Julia helps bring it all home. Don't let the title put you off - the book is all about love without violence.

5-0 out of 5 stars moving; powerful witness for justice
Archbishop Romero, the asassinated bishop of El Salvador (1980) is considered by me and many to be a prophet to the church and world of our time. Faced with a situation in his country that saw 5 percent of hisnation with 95 percent of the wealth and total power over the governmentand military which they used to oppress the 95 percent in poverty,Archbishop Romero was transformed from a conservative bookworm to thegreatest orator for justice in the clergy since Martin Luther King, Jr.This book contains excerpts from his sermons arragned in chronologicalorder during the three years of his episcopacy in San Salvador (1977-1980).These sermons were more than just spiritual messages, but rathernation-wide calls for social justice, for nonviolence, and for an end topoverty and pain. Drawing on readings from the bible, Romero the scholarand orator shine through, but so does the Romero of compassion andsolidarity with the people who suffered so much. And in many ways what hesaid then is still applicable today, not only in El Salvador, but all overthe world, wherever there is injustice and oppression. A must read for anyperson concerned for social justice for all grounded in a Christianperspective! ... Read more

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And the Risen Bread: Selected Poems, 1957-1997
by Daniel Berrigan John Dear
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Poems and slogans, felicities and flaws
Daniel Berrigan's early work is his best, written in a time when the poet realized that "poems are made of words, not ideas" and took a craftsmanlike attitude to each syllable.

As has been noted, "Time without Number" was justly lauded by the modernist titan, poet Marianne Moore; and Berrigan's second volume prompted Moore to exclaim, "I read with reverence anything Fr Berrigan writes"; indeed, the poems of "Encounters" are unsurpassed, esp "Trees: October" and "A Statue of the Blessed Virgin Carved in Wood" with its initial line "Wood is noble when it forgets resemblance."There is, too, a poem which ends with the lines "is flown, is fled, is spent / skeleton : element."

Up until about 1964, the poems were poems and not slogans.In fact, Berrigan is perhaps at his best when he pays tribute to other poets, notably Wallace Stevens and Gerard Manley Hopkins.Berrigan's hymns to Hanoi are virtually indistinguishable from the great glut of anti-war matter that was written at this time, and his elegy to Thomas Merton -- though evidently heartfelt -- is slack, sprawling, and aesthetically infirm (the last lines, something about lotus blossoms) are just plain dippy.

In the later work, it helps the reader if she or he is sympathetic to Berrigan's political Weltanschauung, but there are felicities:Berrigan's lean athleticism of language, and way with a pleasing embedded rhyme or calculated dissonance, are knacks which serve him well.

But the priest/poet does, too often, confuse sloganeering with art, and that is a foible we find somewhat difficult to ignore.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most overlooked poet of our time
Daniel berrigan, S.J.,poet,priest,confessor,witness has his second volume of collected poems.{the first,published by doubleday in the mid-1970's,is out of print.}It is curious that Berrigan is so overlooked{ignored]. His poetry is superb:supple,elegant,concise. Due to his political{religious}witness, he has been consigned to the fringes{where he is quite comfortable}Unfortunately, this has made his poetry less accessible,which is really too bad. For I believ him to be one of the great poets of our time. This collection begins with his Lamont award collection,TIME WITHOUT NUMBER,up and beyond HOMAGE TO GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS, and some uncollected work. From Vietnam to prison, to an elegy for some young children on block island, to an homage to his 10 year old namesake killed,these are vital poems, lush with language,deeply heartfelt,written about life as seen by one of its more ineresting participants . Beautiful,lyrical rich poerty, a feast for the mind and heart. Do yourself a service,read this book,savor these poems,for in many of them you enter a holy realm,a place of peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars A splendid anthology!
It's rather sad the mainstream press has overlooked this wonderful collection. Before he became known for his activism in the name of peace, Dan Berrigan was-and still very much is-a poet of grace and enormousinsight. This collection gives new readers the gift of being able to tracethe progress of his work through more than 40 years. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 1545524
Subjects:  1. American - General    2. Berrigan, Daniel J. - Poems & Criticism    3. Poetry   


A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics and Salvation
by Gustavo Gutierrez
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 June, 1988)
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4-0 out of 5 stars the shot heard round the world
Liberation theology was originally conceived as a progressive response to the traditional Catholic ethos, a kind of asocial spirituality. What is this ethos? In The Social Justice Agenda (1991), Donal Dorr writes:

"From the sixteenth century up to about the sixties of this century, the teaching of many Church leaders laid great stress on the God-given authority of kings and queens and of the State. This was matched in practice by a rather escapist spirituality which encouraged oppressed people to look for reward in the next life while here on earth they should submit to injustice and endure repression rather than struggling for liberation" (p. 39).

In 1971, Gustavo Gutierrez, a Peruvian priest incited by the ferment then taking place within the ranks of the clergy, undertook to place within the Western intellectual tradition ideas that had been gestating in the Latin American Church for many years. Historically, the institutional Church had always been allied with the status quo, but the yawning gap between the elite and the poor, aggravated by the forces of industrialization in the developing world, gave rise within the Church to a movement to realign itself on the side of the poor. Drawing on two primary sources, Marxism and Catholic theology, liberation theology sought to give the poor a powerful voice, attempting a new synthesis in the process.

By this influential book, Gutierrez earns a permanent place in intellectual history. He merits at least a very large footnote in Church history, perhaps a smaller footnote in world history. His book instigated a fierce exchange that is far from concluded.

This is a difficult book to read. All throughout, the heavy jargon and the high level of abstraction throw up obstacles to understanding. The best preparation assumes knowledge of Marxism, Catholic theology, the Western intellectual heritage, and social and political conditions in Latin America. Jurgen Moltmann, Johanne Baptist Metz, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer--important theologians in themselves--are cited by commentators as notable sources. I might suggest that this book is best read with a good commentary as a companion.

There is an unmistakable mixture of Marxism and Catholicism here that, in my opinion, will never prosper. Between Marxism and Catholicism, certain fundamental ideas are incompatible. Marxism and Catholicism share a hostile, even violent history, so it is difficult to see how they can successfully intermingle. They make uncomfortable bedfellows. Plowing through this book, I felt that at various points it sounded incestuous. Some Marxist ideas, such as praxis, the dynamic of reflection and action, may perhaps be reconstituted as Christian praxis, but in this case as in others, there are themes in the Catholic tradition that already capture important meanings without the aggressive historical connotations of Marxism. It is especially difficult to see how ideas like class struggle, shaded with hatred, can be understood to be Christian.

In this connection, I observed the distinct lack of what I would describe as the transcendental quality, in the sense of classic Thomism, of traditional Catholic theology. But this characteristic is to be expected because of the essentially sociopolitical orientation of the book, concerned as it is with a societal transformation that is at bottom temporal. In this aspect, the book is influenced by Marxism's exclusive focus on the here and now.

Because liberation theology emerges in the context of the Catholic religion, it is only to be expected that an adequate reading of the book entails investigating what the Vatican, specifically, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, would have to say about it. For this reason, I would strongly recommend reading the two instructions on liberation theology issued in 1984 and 1986, respectively. They are available on the Internet.

In the Church, liberation theology is on the retreat or perhaps quiescent, but only for now. After all, the theme of liberation continues to provide a compelling rubric for encompassing the movement for social justice in the Christian tradition, and the value of this theology is shown by the fact that the Vatican itself has reworked and appropriated it. Liberation theology has made an enduring contribution to the Church so that the framework applies well to movements against far-ranging social evils--religious discrimination, racism, or forced prostitution, for example.

The significance of liberation theology lies not only in the advancement of Church doctrine but also in its participation in the continuing dialogue about development, "desarollo." Liberation theology introduces a religious or ideological dimension to "desarollo," but from the standpoint of development economics, especially in liberation theology's espousal of dependency theory, Western models of economic development and even specific positions propounded by the papal social encyclicals are more practicable.

Because of his intellect and insight, besides the fact that he is controversial and famous, Gutierrez is eminently quotable. Here is my favorite: "The human work, the transformation of nature, continues creation only if it is a human act, that is to say, if it is not alienated by unjust socio-economic structures. A whole theology of work, despite its evident insights, appears naive from a political point of view" (p. 101). Yes!

4-0 out of 5 stars This is where it started.....
...penned by the man who coined the term "Liberation Theology," which later inspired Ignacio Martin-Baro's "Liberation Psychology," for which he was martyred by a Salvadoran hit team.

My impression was that this was written mainly for clergy getting their activist feet wet.In that sense the book is an invaluable milestone.Because of this, it poses liberation (in the sense of liberation from oppressive social conditions like poverty and tyranny) as an intellectual issue, historically and theologically.Correction:it appeals to an intellectual understanding of what the author obviously has lived and felt very deeply.

Having just read LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE, I bought this book expecting to read flesh-and-blood examples of liberation theology as brought into the streets.You won't find much of that here.It's more of an account of how the movement has gone on in circles theological.As such, it poses vital questions to believers and clergy alike--questions of conscience, questions of the relevance of Scripture and the risks involved in living a Christian life of service and conscience in perilous situations.

5-0 out of 5 stars The fundamental book on Liberation Theology
This is the first and probably the most crucial book on Liberation Theology to follow Vatican II and the Medellin conferences.It's not an easy book to read, but it will challenge you, as well as challenge what youthink you know about liberation theology.For any student of moderntheology this book is well worth the time and effort.Robert McAfeeBrown's summary book is no substitute for the real thing. ... Read more

Isbn: 0883445425
Sales Rank: 32113
Subjects:  1. Christianity - Theology - Catholic    2. Liberation theology    3. Religion    4. Theology   


Gracias: A Latin American Journal
by Henri J. M. Nouwen Henry J.M. Nouwen
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback (01 February, 1993)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Stepping Beyond Security
September 24, 2000

In Henri Nouwen's journal entries, he captures each moment and thought of his struggle to find God's calling during his journey through Peru and Bolivia. Not only does he describe his own feelings, but also the joys and struggles of the people he came in contact with.His journal depicts the true venture of stepping into mission work or at least stepping outside of our everyday life in search of our place in this world.He gives encouragement to those who are searching and have felt a calling to go out and help others. He opened my eyes to show me that it is not the number of people you help but it is the one heart that you touch that counts. ... Read more

Isbn: 0883448513
Sales Rank: 108541
Subjects:  1. Biography    2. Catholic Church    3. Clergy    4. General    5. Inspirational    6. Inspirational - Catholic    7. Nouwen, Henri J. M    8. Religion    9. Spiritual life    10. Vocation, Ecclesiastical   


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