America S Original Sin

Author : Jim Wallis
ISBN : 9781493403486
Genre : Religion
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America's problem with race has deep roots, with the country's foundation tied to the near extermination of one race of people and the enslavement of another. Racism is truly our nation's original sin. "It's time we right this unacceptable wrong," says bestselling author and leading Christian activist Jim Wallis. Fifty years ago, Wallis was driven away from his faith by a white church that considered dealing with racism to be taboo. His participation in the civil rights movement brought him back when he discovered a faith that commands racial justice. Yet as recent tragedies confirm, we continue to suffer from the legacy of racism. The old patterns of white privilege are colliding with the changing demographics of a diverse nation. The church has been slow to respond, and Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour of the week. In America's Original Sin, Wallis offers a prophetic and deeply personal call to action in overcoming the racism so ingrained in American society. He speaks candidly to Christians--particularly white Christians--urging them to cross a new bridge toward racial justice and healing. Whenever divided cultures and gridlocked power structures fail to end systemic sin, faith communities can help lead the way to grassroots change. Probing yet positive, biblically rooted yet highly practical, this book shows people of faith how they can work together to overcome the embedded racism in America, galvanizing a movement to cross the bridge to a multiracial church and a new America.
Category: Religion

Der Gro E Gatsby

Author : Francis Scott Fitzgerald
ISBN : 9783962179212
Genre : Fiction
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Der Ich-Erzähler der Geschichte ist Nick Carraway, ein junger Mann, der sich 1922 in New York als Wertpapierhändler versucht und ein altes und bescheidenes Haus in West Egg auf Long Island an der Ostküste der USA bezieht. In dem palastartigen Nachbarhaus lebt Jay Gatsby, die Schlüsselfigur des Romans. Gatsby ist ein junger Millionär und undurchsichtiger Geschäftsmann, dessen geheimnisumwitterte Herkunft, seine unklare Ausbildung (Oxford?) und sein unermesslich scheinendes Vermögen Stoff für viele Gerüchte bilden. Obwohl er in seinem Haus rauschende Tanzpartys für die New Yorker Gesellschaft veranstaltet, ist er einsam, wie sich im Laufe der Handlung herausstellt.
Category: Fiction

Bis Wir Frei Sind

Author : Shirin Ebadi
ISBN : 9783492974813
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Shirin Ebadi, die erste muslimische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin, wurde wegen ihres Engagements für Menschenrechte in ihrem Heimatland jahrelang von der iranischen Regierung bedroht und schikaniert – und verlor dabei alles: ihren Ehemann, ihr Zuhause, ihre Freunde, ihr Hab und Gut. Nur eines konnte man der Menschenrechtsaktivistin nicht nehmen: den Glauben an eine bessere Zukunft und den Willen, für ihre Überzeugungen zu kämpfen. Nun erzählt sie auf bewegende und erschütternde Weise von ihrem unablässigen Kampf für Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit, den sie trotz aller Widrigkeiten auch im Exil unerschrocken fortführt. Nach dem großen Erfolg von »Mein Iran« ist dies der zweite Teil ihrer beeindruckenden Geschichte.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Christentum Und Populismus

Author : Walter Lesch
ISBN : 9783451849732
Genre : Philosophy
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Das Entsetzen ist groß, sobald Populisten nach religiösem Rückhalt suchen und sich dafür christliche Legitimationen zu Nutze machen. Aus guten Gründen werden extremistische politische Programme und die menschenfreundlichen Werte des Christentums als unversöhnliche Gegensätze gesehen. Um aber nicht auf einem Auge blind zu sein, sollten Christen ihre eigene komplizierte Geschichte mit dem Populismus anschauen. Denn ihr Denken ist nicht frei von Tendenzen, die in einer Außenperspektive als „populistisch“ oder fundamentalistisch bezeichnet werden können. Autoritätsfixiertheit, Pluralismusfeindlichkeit, Xenophobie, Kritik an Eliten, usw. sind ständige Begleiter von Volksreligion. Dieses von Walter Lesch herausgegebene Buch verfolgt ein doppeltes Ziel: Die Beiträge haben die Absicht, die klare Positionierung gegenüber dem Populismus mit Argumenten zu untermauern und die Chance zu nutzen, einen selbstkritischen Blick auf „unheilige Allianzen“ zwischen Populismus und Religion zuwerfen. Dies geschieht in der festen Überzeugung, dass nur der glaubwürdig gegen den Populismus auftreten kann, der vor der eigenen Haustür gekehrt und seine Altlasten entsorgt hat. Denn gerade Religionen sind nicht immun gegen populistische Muster der Sicht auf Politik und Gesellschaft. Wer sich dieser irritierenden Berührungspunkte bewusst ist, gewinnt an Glaubwürdigkeit und entdeckt neue Perspektiven der Weiterentwicklung seiner Überzeugungen. Unverzichtbar für alle politisch wachen Christen und aufmerksamen Beobachter der Religion. „Im Rahmen der aktuellen Kontroversen fällt auf, wie die christlichen Kirchen mit oft unmissverständlicher Schärfe gegen populistische Stimmungsmache und für ein Projekt aufgeklärter und toleranter Demokratie Partei ergriffen haben. Dieser Elan ist nachdrücklich zu begrüßen und soll auf keinen Fall gebremst werden.“ (Walter Lesch) Mit Beiträgen von: Regina Ammicht-Quinn, Christoph Baumgartner, Michelle Becka, Daniel Bogner, Hille Haker, Marianne Heimbach-Steins, Michael Hoelzl, Gerhard Kruip, Walter Lesch, Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl, Christof Mandry, Wolfgang Palaver, Hans Schelkshorn und Christian Staffa
Category: Philosophy

Realizing The Civil Rights Dream Diagnosing And Treating American Racism

Author : Kenneth B. Bedell
ISBN : 9781440853760
Genre : Social Science
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This book explains why America can realize the civil rights dream in the 21st century—if U.S. citizens take actions as individuals as well as work together for equality. • Asks—and answers—the troubling question: Why have the civil rights hopes of the 1960s not yet been realized? • Demonstrates the relationship between what happens in everyday life and racism's persistence • Provides insightful historical context for racism as it exists the 21st century • Presents a framework for understanding how social forces preserve racism • Offers a refreshingly optimistic perspective that racism can be overcome
Category: Social Science

The End Of White Christian America

Author : Robert P. Jones
ISBN : 9781501122323
Genre : History
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Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, spells out the profound political and cultural consequences of a new reality—that America is no longer a majority white Christian nation. “Quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year” (The New York Times Book Review). For most of our nation’s history, White Christian America (WCA) set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But especially since the 1990s, WCA has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches. Today, America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white, Christian nation. Drawing on more than four decades of polling data, The End of White Christian America explains and analyzes the waning vitality of WCA. Robert P. Jones argues that the visceral nature of today’s most heated issues—the vociferous arguments around same-sex marriage and religious and sexual liberty, the rise of the Tea Party following the election of our first black president, and stark disagreements between black and white Americans over the fairness of the criminal justice system—can only be understood against the backdrop of white Christians’ anxieties as America’s racial and religious topography shifts around them. Beyond 2016, the descendants of WCA will lack the political power they once had to set the terms of the nation’s debate over values and morals and to determine election outcomes. Looking ahead, Jones forecasts the ways that they might adjust to find their place in the new America—and the consequences for us all if they don’t. “Jones’s analysis is an insightful combination of history, sociology, religious studies, and political science….This book will be of interest to a wide range of readers across the political spectrum” (Library Journal).
Category: History

The Sin Of White Supremacy

Author : Fletcher Hill, Jeannine
ISBN : 9781608337026
Genre : Religion
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Hill-Fletcher shows that the Christian habit of seeing themselves as the "chosen ones" has often been translated into racial categories as well. In other words, Christian supremacy has historically lent itself to white supremacy, with disastrous consequences. Hill Fletcher proposes educational strategies to disentangle the two that will help us move forward toward racial healing in America.
Category: Religion

California Dreaming

Author : Ronald A. Wells
ISBN : 9781532602382
Genre : History
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California matters, both as a place and as an idea. What famed historian Kevin Starr has called “the California Dream” is a vital part of American self-understanding. Just as America was meant to be a place of renewal, even redemption, for Europe, so too California was intended as a place of renewal for America. Therefore, California—place and idea—provides a fertile ground for scholars to think deeply about what it means to articulate “the promise of American life.” This book follows in the train of George Marsden’s classic The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship—believing that people of faith have a contribution to make to scholarship—and of Jay Green’s more recent book, Christian Historiography: Five Rival Views—believing that scholars of faith should engage in moral inquiry. In this book, eight authors inquire into the moral questions that emerge from studying California.
Category: History

Socio Economic And Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems Emerging Research And Opportunities

Author : Hampton-Garland, Pamela
ISBN : 9781522538448
Genre : Political Science
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America has the reputation of being one of the wealthiest and most powerful countries in the world, yet within its borders social problems persist and negatively impact Americans. Though profound changes are taking place in the social, economic, and cultural contexts of America, they are precipitated by the urge for equal opportunity and social justice. Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities provides emerging research on the most current issues facing the American public and political system. While highlighting the changes America is making in the social, economic, and cultural regions of society, readers will learn how these changes are coming to shape their lives in the country. This book is an important resource for undergraduate and graduate students and professionals seeking current research on how social, economic, and educational issues impact the American political system and policies.
Category: Political Science

The Myth Of Equality

Author : Ken Wytsma
ISBN : 9780830881086
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Is privilege real or imagined?It's clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation's consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it's not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us.Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today's race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding both of the origins of these issues and of the reconciling role we are called to play as ministers of the gospel.Inequality and privilege are real. The Myth of Equality opens our eyes to realities we may have never realized were present in our society and world. And we will be changed for the better as a result.
Category: Family & Relationships