By Michael Lerner
The unholy alliance of the Political correct and the spiritual correct threatens to smash the the United States we like. It additionally threatens to generate a well-liked aversion to God and faith through deciding upon non secular values with a pro-war, pro-business, pro-rich, anti-science, and anti-environmental stance.
during the last few a long time, the Republicans have accomplished political dominance through forging a union with the non secular correct. This marriage has supplied a sanctimonious veneer for rules that experience helped the wealthy get richer whereas ignoring the wishes of the center type and the bad, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and looking international domination. the proper champions the materialism and ruthless selfishness promoted through unrestrained capitalism after which laments the ethical crises of family members instability and loneliness skilled by way of those who carry those advertisement values into their houses and private lives. In reaction, the non secular correct bargains insular groups for the trustworthy and a tradition that blames liberals, activist judges, homosexuals, self sufficient ladies, and all secular humans for the ethical and non secular vacancy such a lot of americans event.
but, although distorted either the Right's research and its suggestions to America's religious problem should be, it wins allegiance by way of addressing the human starvation for a existence with a few better goal. The Left, against this, continues to be mostly tone-deaf to the non secular wishes of the yank humans. it's the longing for that means in existence, not only the need for cash or strength, that lies on the center of yank politics.
Addressing the valuable secret of latest politics -- why such a lot of americans vote opposed to their very own monetary pursuits -- The Left Hand of God offers a useful, well timed, and blunt critique of the present country of religion in executive. Lerner demanding situations the Left to renounce its deeply held worry of faith and to tell apart among a domination-oriented, Right-Hand-of-God culture and a extra compassionate and hope-oriented Left-Hand-of-God worldview. additional, Lerner describes the ways in which Democrats have misunderstood and alienated major elements in their strength constituency. To prevail back, Lerner argues, the Democratic social gathering needs to reconsider its courting to God, champion a innovative non secular imaginative and prescient, reject the outdated base line that promotes the globalization of selfishness, and deal head-on with the very actual religious difficulty that many american citizens adventure each day.
Lerner offers a imaginative and prescient that comes with after which is going a ways past modern liberal and innovative politics. He argues for a brand new base line in our economic climate, colleges, and executive. it is a essentially clean strategy, person who takes non secular wishes heavily in our monetary and political lives. providing an eight-point revolutionary non secular covenant with the United States, Lerner presents a blueprint for the way the Democratic get together can successfully problem the best and place itself to win the White apartment and Congress. by means of beautiful to spiritual, secular, and religious yet no longer inevitably non secular humans, The Left Hand of God blazes a path which may swap our global and reclaim the USA from the non secular correct.
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