All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice

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Catapult, Apr 28, 2009 - Religion - 212 pages
A thought-provoking reassessment of religious faith and progressive politics from an author whose “wonderful writing is both a surprise and a relief” (Naomi Klein).
In All My Bones Shake, author and political activist Robert Jensen sheds light on the spiritual unrest at the root of our nation’s current political, economic, cultural, and ecological chaos. While popular media has reduced the issue of faith to a talking-heads debate between atheists and believers, Jensen shows the conflict to be far more complex. While fundamentalists on both sides have fought to an intellectual standstill and moderates seem content to ignore the battle, Jensen pushes for a progressive approach to theological questions, offering a path of faith that doesn’t negate the modern scientific world or threaten the rights of marginalized people.
More than a simple study of the religious debate in America, All My Bones Shake marks a new communion: a way to use theology to create a sustainable society and meet the uncertainty of our lives with confidence.

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In "All My Bones Shake," Robert Jensen chronicles his own spiritual journey. Jensen was raised Presbyterian, but rejected religion as a young adult due to its conflict with reason. However, the ... Read full review


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Robert Jensen is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism, where he teaches courses in media law, ethics, and politics. Jensen also serves as the director of the university’s Senior Fellows Honors Program of the College of Communication. Since joining the UT faculty in 1992, Jensen has published four critical books on media and power: Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). In addition, Jensen writes for both the alternative and mainstream popular media, with opinion and analytic pieces on politics, power, and race appearing in papers across the country. He has appeared on-air at FOX, MSNBC, and CNN, and numerous community and commercial radio stations in Los Angeles, New York, Berkeley, and Houston.

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