Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right

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Princeton University Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Political Science - 251 pages
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"E. J. Dionne gives us a thoughtful and nuanced exploration of Christianitys contributions to American politics. Critical of the exclusionary politics of both the Left and the Right, he calls for a new bond between religious conservatives and progressives rooted in our shared moral values and inspired by the wonder and awe that give birth to faith."--Susannah Heschel, author of "Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus"

"E. J. Dionne is my favorite columnist. He is one of Americas most insightful social commentators and a persistent articulator of the powerful but neglected vision of the common good that calls both Left and Right to moral accountability. "Souled Out" is a crucial contribution to the new American discourse on faith and politics."--Jim Wallis, author of "Gods Politics" and president of Sojourners

"E. J. Dionne is this countrys single most knowledgeable writer on religion and politics. Approaching this subject so central to the American experiment as a person of faith as well as a seasoned political reporter, Dionne brings an understanding and knowledge to the topic unique in the current debate."--Cokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News and National Public Radio

"For much of the last decade the notion has been abroad in the land that religion is a conservative influence in American politics. E. J. Dionne, a liberal and a Catholic and one of the wisest of American journalists, challenges this myth. As the country emerges from a dreadful era, Dionne provides a perspective from which to recover the wisdom that religion, like everything else in America, is politically pluralistic."--Andrew Greeley, author of "The Catholic Revolution"

"E. J. Dionne has a unique voice and special authority as a liberal spokesman on religion and politics in America. Here, he models how to lower the temperature of the public discussion about religion and politics so that real advances in understanding can take place. This book will further cement Dionnes standing as the leading voice in the mounting campaign to revive a broad-based, religiously liberal politics--something that we havent seen since the days of Martin Luther King Jr."--Richard Wightman Fox, author of "Jesus in America"

"Any book by E. J. Dionne is a treat, and one about religion is especially to be savored. This is not simply the work of an astute political commentator but of a person of faith who writes gracefully and often prophetically. He has an enviable flair for moving the reader along almost effortlessly and yet making clear and compelling arguments. There are fresh insights here in abundance."--Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

  

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

Like E.J. Dionne, I am a liberal Catholic, so the heart of this book, his two chapters on Catholicism, moved me. But I liked all of what he had to say about the role of faith in American politics and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Page 184 sums it up: "We do not need, and should not want, to end religion's public role. We do need a more capacious understanding of what that role is. ... And we need to understand that religion ... Read full review

Contents

Is Religion Conservative or Progressive? Or Both?
25
Why the Culture War Is the Wrong War Religion Values and American Politics
45
What Are the Values Issues? Economics Social Justice and the Struggle over Morality
71
Selling Religion Short When Ideology Is Not Enough
92
John Paul Benedict and the Catholic Future
126
What Happened to the Seamless Garment? The Agony of Liberal Catholicism
151
Solidarity Liberty and Religions True Calling
183
Notes
205
Acknowledgments
227
Index
235
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About the author (2008)

E. J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist for the "Washington Post," a regular political analyst on National Public Radio, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. His books include the best-selling "Why Americans Hate Politics" (Simon & Schuster), which won the "Los Angeles Times" book prize and was nominated for the National Book Award.

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