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Faith And Politics: How The "Moral Values" Debate Divides America And How To Move Forward Together [Unabridged]

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As a former three-term Republican U.S. senator from Missouri and an ordained Episcopal priest, John Danforth has watched the changes in his party and the church with growing alarm. Now he wants to voice his concerns and call for change. Danforth speaks out clearly against the religious right's conflation of their political agenda with a religious agenda. He argues that no ...more
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G.H. Monroe
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are frustrated with their radical, ryte-wing Christian friends
Shelves: top-shelf-books
This book will be poorly rated because it's not what you think. Considering the author and his credentials, you might think that this book would be a game plan for the radical ryte (misspelled intentionally so as to avoid confusion with the word "right", which is the opposite of "wrong"). This book takes the radical ryte to task (along with the radical left) and calls for people to use their religion as a unifying force rather than a divisive force. I am enjoying the read immensely and feel that ...more
Cherif Jazra
Overall a casual and easy read. The topics are important however, as former republican Senator John Danforth from Missouri, an ordained Episcopalian priest as well as a lawyer, analyses the role of faith in politics, with a critical eye towards the hijacking of the Republican Party by the Christian Right. On various topics such as public display of religion, abortion, stem cell research, and gay marriage, the senator shows that the religious right has been playing a divisive role in politics, us ...more
Gilberto Gonzalez
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always skeptical when I see a book about politics written by a politician. Of course, one would think politicians would provide a wealth of information in their books. At this point my faith in our politicians has waned to the point that I rarely pick up their books. This one was different because it tackled religious faith and how the author balanced his faith in a political arena - in the U.S. Senate. The only reason I picked up the book was because of the title.

The book didn't pull me in
Chris Csergei
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This was interesting at times, and I think he had a few ideas, but overall it was an unbalanced presentation. He seems to blame conservative Christians for modern partisanship, and his solution seems to be the increased involvement of all people of faith to dilute the effect of the Christian right. He seems to long of the old days of the Republican Party, which is interesting since at the time the party was pretty marginalized. Republicans went something ling like 40 years without having a major ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read this because my husband really liked it. i did not. somehow, he just rubbed me the wrong way. While I appreciate his discussion of developing a "ministry of reconciliation" within Christianity to use as the proper approach to political debate, and his criticism of nasty partisan politics, I was distinctly unimpressed with his protestations that his good friend Clarence Thomas had suffered so unfairly during his nomination process. Danforth is certain that the allegations against this friend ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is an easily-read, enjoyable analysis of the state of American politics and the silence of the political center and true moderates. Danforth speaks across political lines as he argues that the Christian Right does not have a monopoly on faith, values and morality. However, by claiming them as their own and focusing energy on wedge issues, they have created a political atmosphere so divided that deadlock is the norm. If the American government is to move forward and resolve any of the key is ...more
Mar 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Danforth, a Republican Episcopal minister explains when the religious right took hold of the Republican party.
Although the reading can be tedious, with Biblical quotes, Mr.Danforth eloquently explains why it is important to keep politics and religion separate. He also give his opinion on the damage that the religious right is doing, by professing "God's Will", in the name of governmental decisions.
Elizabeth Cook
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, this is a must read for anyone who is concerned about the divisive issues that dominate our political scene...he makes a real and valid plea for us to work together and not concentrate on these issues that divide us..he has valuable knowledge having served as a senator in the US Congress and also is an Episcopal Minister...
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, memoir
A moderate republican former senator, who also is ordained in Episcopal church, writes about his perspective on the intersection of politics and faith - I really appreciated his perspective and can see how his calls to action could make a positive difference in our political world and to the Christian church.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rev./Sen. Danforth argues that the religious right has corrupted the Republican Party and divided the nation. He recommends ways to bridge this divide and repair Jefferson's and Madison's wall between church and state.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin
Senator Danforth is also an ordained Episcopal priest, so he speaks with authority on matters of moral values.
He retired from the Senate in 1995, back when there were still many moderate Republicans in government.
If more red-staters read this book, perhaps there would be more...
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for a class at church and was not expecting to like it because I really can't stand the Republican Party right now. Maybe because I'm from Missouri, I related to Danforth and agreed with many of his ideas. Not going to convert to a Republican, but wish Danforth hadn't retired.
Oct 18, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This was an interesting read. I'm only giving it three because some parts put me to sleep.
Lori D.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone with a political opinion should read this book. Hats off to Mr. Danforth!
Tom Gorski
The book is like the man - moderate. However, in today's political world a bit more moderation would be welcome. He is the right person to point out his party's race to the right - moderately.
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John Claggett Danforth (born September 5, 1936) is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Before becoming the UN Ambassador he was the Attorney General of Missouri and United States Senator from Missouri. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest.
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