By Michael Lerner
The unholy alliance of the Political correct and the spiritual correct threatens to smash the the United States we adore. It additionally threatens to generate a well-liked aversion to God and faith by way of picking 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 completed political dominance by means of forging a union with the non secular correct. This marriage has supplied a sanctimonious veneer for guidelines that experience helped the wealthy get richer whereas ignoring the desires of the center category and the terrible, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and looking international domination. the fitting champions the materialism and ruthless selfishness promoted through unrestrained capitalism after which laments the ethical crises of relatives instability and loneliness skilled by means of those that carry those advertisement values into their houses and private lives. In reaction, the non secular correct deals insular groups for the trustworthy and a tradition that blames liberals, activist judges, homosexuals, self sufficient , and all secular humans for the ethical and religious vacancy such a lot of americans adventure.
but, although distorted either the Right's research and its ideas to America's religious trouble should be, it wins allegiance via addressing the human starvation for a lifestyles with a few larger objective. The Left, against this, continues to be principally tone-deaf to the religious wishes of the yankee humans. it's the craving for that means in lifestyles, not only the will for cash or strength, that lies on the center of yank politics.
Addressing the primary secret of up to date 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 nation of religion in govt. 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 components in their power constituency. To be successful back, Lerner argues, the Democratic get together needs to reconsider its dating to God, champion a revolutionary non secular imaginative and prescient, reject the previous final analysis that promotes the globalization of selfishness, and deal head-on with the very actual religious obstacle that many american citizens event each day.
Lerner offers a imaginative and prescient that includes after which is going a ways past modern liberal and revolutionary politics. He argues for a brand new base line in our economic climate, faculties, and executive. it is a essentially clean method, person who takes religious wishes heavily in our monetary and political lives. offering an eight-point innovative non secular covenant with the US, Lerner presents a blueprint for the way the Democratic occasion can successfully problem the suitable and place itself to win the White condominium and Congress. via beautiful to spiritual, secular, and religious yet now not inevitably non secular humans, The Left Hand of God blazes a path which could swap our global and reclaim the United States from the spiritual correct.
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