>BOOKS: Ghandi & American Christianity

>Today I’ll look at two books I’ve come across recently.

Gandhi And Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism
In the most recent Sojourners email, Jim Wallis highlights this books and describes it thusly: “In the most compelling treatise on nonviolence available today, lifelong activist and respected scholar David Cortright convincingly asserts that the power of nonviolence is just as relevant in today’s world as it was in the past. Cortright’s candid analysis of the methods of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and others forges useful new tools for nonviolent action to face today’s challenges to peace and justice.”

Amazon.com says: “Is there room for nonviolence in an age of terrorism? Long-time peace activist and authority on creative nonviolence David Cortright makes a strong case for the need for nonviolent action now more than ever. Drawing on the legend and lessons of Gandhi, Cortright traces the history of nonviolent social activism through the early twentieth century to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam era, and up to the present war in Iraq. Gandhi and Beyond offers a critical evaluation and refinement of Gandhi’s message, laying the foundation for a renewed and deepened dedication to nonviolence as the universal path to social progress and antidote to terrorism.”

Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar
Christine E. told me about this one. Looks good.

“Somehow, somewhere the true spirit of Christianity has been co-opted by a political and economic movement. Somehow the true meaning of the cross has been sublimated by “straw man” rhetoric over guns, gays, and abortion. What the hell’s going on here? Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church is funny, infuriating, angry, dogmatic, insightful, and very, very scary. A fascinating, compelling read.”—Ole Anthony, publisher, The Wittenburg Door, The World’s Pretty Much Only Religious Humor and Satire Magazine


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