Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

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Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Social Science - 212 pages
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In Our Endangered Values, Jimmy Carter describes quite personally his own involvement and reactions to some disturbing societal trends that have taken place during the past few years. These changes involve both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and include some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day - frequently encapsulated under 'moral values'.

Many of these matters are under fierce debate, and include pre-emptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the welding of religion and politics. Carter, sustained by his own lifelong faith, assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal, but balanced and courageous way. Our Endangered Values is a book that his millions of readers have eagerly awaited.


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User Review  - trilliams - LibraryThing

Perhaps the greatest ex-president of all time (I know, Harding never got the chance), it's a good look at his mid-2000s assessment of the moral issues facing the country. As an admittedly non-religious person, it's interesting to see the perspective of a lifelong devout Christian. Read full review

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Mr. Carter was a mediocre President but was and remains an outstanding person of faith. His writing has also improved significantly as earlier works I have tried to read were just bad. Our Endangered ... Read full review

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My Traditional Christian Faith
The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism
Growing Conflicts Among Religious People
No Conflict Between Science and Religion
The Entwining of Church and State
Sins of Divorce and Homosexuality
Fundamentalism in Government
The Distortion of American Foreign Policy
Attacking Terrorism Not Human Rights?
Protecting Our Arsenals
Worshiping the Prince of Peace
Where Are the Major Threats
The Worlds Greatest Challenge
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Would Jesus Approve Abortions
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About the author (2005)

James Earl Carter Jr. was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946, and spent seven years as an officer in the Navy. When his term was over, Carter returned to Plains and began his career in politics at the state level in 1962. In 1970, he was elected Governor of Georgia and six years later announced his candidacy for the Presidency. Carter campaigned against Gerald Ford and eventually won with 297 electoral votes, becoming the 39th President of the United States. As President, Carter established a National Energy Policy, expanded the National Park System and created the Department of Education. He was also instrumental in the Camp David Agreement of 1978, which helped to bring peace between Egypt and Israel. Carter established full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and completed negotiations of the SALT II Nuclear Limitations Treaty with the Soviet Union. Upon completion of his term as President, he founded the Carter Center in Atlanta, a non-profit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflict and to enhance freedom and democracy around the world. In 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written several books including An Hour Before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Our Endangered Values, and A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.

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