Biblical politics - neither Republican nor Democrat — 5 years ago
God’s Politics, written just after the 2004 presidential elections, takes the prophets of the Old Testament and applies their lessons to modern day politics. What do Isaiah, Micah, Amos, and the other prophets of the Bible have to say about economics, foreign policy, national security, and all of the other pressing issues of the day? This book is an excellent read for anyone seeking to truly ground their politics in Abrahamic religion (and not just in the same way as the Religious Right invokes God in everything they do). It is also a great read for any politico interested in the role of religion in American politics today, any religious person of an Abrahamic faith (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) who follows politics, or any religious person who feels that their religion has been hijacked and distorted by politicians both left and right.
Up until the end, I only had a very minor criticism of the book. I thought that Rev. Wallis oversimplified some of the economic issues. That’s a very minor complaint – Rev. Wallis is a pastor, not an economist, I don’t expect perfection on every economic suggestion he makes. There are other books for such things. Then at the end of the book, Rev. Wallis writes a list of “things we can hope for” for the future. One of those things was about the Catholic Church. Besides the fact that I completely disagreed with his statement on a theological level, it had NOTHING to do with the rest of his book at all. Nothing whatsoever. The issue he mentioned wasn’t even referenced in a passing manner in the entire rest of the book. Nor was it primarily an issue of American politics. It was completely irrelevant to the whole book. Completely unnecessary, as well as theologically shaky, at best. If it weren’t for that one sentence, this book would be getting five stars.
But one sentence I took issue with isn’t enough for me not to recommend this book. If you fall into any of the categories I list in my first paragraph, you should definitely read this book.