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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
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This book shows the power of the pen. A book that truly changed history.

Teddy Roosevelt read it and made sweeping changes to improve life for millions of suffering workers.

As a Christian, one thing that stood out to me is how churches failed to lead the way in fighting inhumane conditions for immigrants.
The Jungle is scathingly in its critique of the Church.

One of the characters, a Christian socialist named Comrade Lucas, argued that Jesus and God’s Word stood with the oppressed:
“I am defending the word of God—which is one long cry of the human spirit for deliverance from the sway of oppression.

“I will grant you Jesus,” interrupted the other.

“Well, then,” cried Lucas, “and why should Jesus have nothing to do with his church—why should his words and his life be of no authority among those who profess to adore him?

"This Jesus of Nazareth! He, the sovereign lord and master of a world which grinds the bodies and souls of human beings into dollars—if he could come into the world this day and see the things that men have made in his name, would it not blast his soul with horror? Would he not go mad at the sight of it, he the Prince of Mercy and Love!"

He would indeed.

In The Jungle, Socialism is man's only hope. But the church was nowhere to be seen.
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Reading Progress

March 20, 2019 – Started Reading
March 20, 2019 – Shelved
March 20, 2019 – Finished Reading

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