Monday, April 04, 2005

A Look at God From the Left

An interesting dialogue has begun over at The Front Pew, the blog of Greensboro News & Record religion writer Nancy McLaughlin.

Yesterday, Congregational United Church of Christ began public sessions to read and discuss the book God's Politics, written by author and Democratic Party religion advisor Jim Wallis. The discussion group meets again next . . . Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m., at the church (400 West Radiance Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina).

To complement these sessions, McLaughlin's blog is providing an online forum hosted by the pastor at Congregational UCC, the politically outspoken and Left-leaning Julie Peeples, who is always the N&R's go-to person for liberal theological quotes (see Jesus in 2005.)

For more of a look at the politics and beliefs of Jim Wallis, read Katherine Mangu-Ward's article God's Democrat: The Church of Jim Wallis, which appears in The Weekly Standard's April 11 edition. (Hat tip goes to Susan Olasky at World Magazine Blog.)

Here's an excerpt:

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to write a book called God's Politics. But you have only to read a few pages of Jim Wallis's new bestseller by that name to discover that it isn't actually about the politics of an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful deity at all. Instead, it's 384 pages of Jim's politics, and Jim (with a couple of notable exceptions) is a pretty average, down-the-line leftist who, by the way, believes in God.


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