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Why Bush must go : a bishop's faith-based challenge /
Bennett J. Sims.
imprint
New York : Continuum, 2004.
description
144 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0826416373 (alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Continuum, 2004.
isbn
0826416373 (alk. paper)
contents note
Preface: The politics of peril and promise -- Saints and sinners -- Competition superseded -- Leadership as the exercise of power -- Apocalypse and evolution -- Global warming of the second kind -- The future of power -- Afterword: Hope and the sword of the Spirit.
catalogue key
5315630
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 142-144).
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bennett J. Sims is Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Atlanta (1972-83), and Founding President of the Institute for Servant Leadership (1983-99).
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-05-31:
Somewhere in the pages of this slim volume lurks the skeleton of a thoughtful and provocative book. The author, a retired Episcopal bishop, mixes autobiographical reflections with smatterings of paleontology, archeology, physics and biblical scholarship to make the case for a "global warming of the second kind," a renewal based on the principles of nonviolence and the unity of all life. While this poorly titled book does include a heated indictment of the current administration's policies in Iraq and elsewhere, Sims seems much more interested in making a case for a new social order. He is both chastened and hopeful about the possibility of environmental revitalization and world peace based on maturing human consciousness and feminist principles. The book is marred by periodic outbursts of tortured syntax and jargon. In his distress with environmental degradation and world events, Sims sometimes yields to the temptation to use epithets instead of ideas, as when he attacks "male-dominant fundamentalist sectors" of several world religions, examines the "dominator grip of the levers of control in America," and claims that the apostle Paul was converted from "Jewish rule-oriented rage." Readers sympathetic to Sims's alienation from the Bush administration and to his eclectic mix of religious philosophies may find encouragement and inspiration here. However, even they will have to be extremely persistent. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
S Sims makes an articulate plea for the American electorate to choose a leader who recognizes that power, political and otherwise, can only create conditions of peace and justice when it is based on the notion of service to others. “Grace & Truth, 21.3, 2004
SSim "s underlying effort ”namely, to provide a faith-based argument against fundamentalism and therefore an alternative to Bush "s model of a faith-based politics ”is an important one. “ BRIDGES Vol. 12
This is a timely and courageous book. It should provoke much thought, prayer and discussion. Read it. -Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate
"…[T]he book by the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta was a breath of fresh air. Instead of lambasting the president, as these books [Bushwacked, Dude, Where's My Country, et al.] proudly do, Sims lays out a reasoned, theologically sound argument against the kind of leadership the current administration practices, instead of attacking specific policies or the president's personal character." - www.whosoever.org (online Christian magazine), 5/5/04
… the book resounds with his awareness of a re-awakening spirit of justice and love, and a 'maturity of humanity,' emerging from eras of childhood self-identity and of adolescent violence. Patricia Nakamura, The Living Church, September 19, 2004
This is a passionate and persuasive book. Bennett Sims has woven together his career as an Episcopal theologian and bishop with his ethical and political concerns as an informed citizen of the United States. He examines issues underneath the political propaganda of the spin-doctors and presents a vision of what the country can be which judges what it is becoming. This book will not be popular in the present White House, but it will ring true with millions of Americans and people around the world will cheer that someone inside the USA sees what they see so clearly. -John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a Better World
SLike the minor prophets before him, Bennett Sims has written a small book that packs a major wallop. His mix of religion and politics is as fresh as it is bold, but his critique of power goes well beyond reproof. Having witnessed the worst that people can do, Sims remains an apostle of hope. His practical vision of a peaceable planet is so compelling that only the terminally hard of heart can fail to respond. ”Barbara Brown Taylor, author of When God Is Silent
SReaders sympathetic to Sim "s alienation from the Bush administration and to his eclectic mix of religious philosophies may find encouragement and inspiration here. “Publisher "s Weekly, 6/1/04
Sim's underlying effort-namely, to provide a faith-based argument against fundamentalism and therefore an alternative to Bush's model of a faith-based politics-is an important one. BRIDGES Vol. 12
"Bishop Sims believes in a politically committed spirituality. His message should be read and discussed in every church in the land at this critical time in the nation's history."- The Rev'd William Sloane Coffin
Like the minor prophets before him, Bennett Sims has written a small book that packs a major wallop. His mix of religion and politics is as fresh as it is bold, but his critique of power goes well beyond reproof. Having witnessed the worst that people can do, Sims remains an apostle of hope. His practical vision of a peaceable planet is so compelling that only the terminally hard of heart can fail to respond. -Barbara Brown Taylor, author of When God Is Silent
…Sims makes an articulate plea for the American electorate to choose a leader who recognizes that power, political and otherwise, can only create conditions of peace and justice when it is based on the notion of service to others. Grace & Truth, 21.3, 2004
SThis is a timely and courageous book. It should provoke much thought, prayer and discussion. Read it. ”Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate
" [T]he book by the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta was a breath of fresh air. Instead of lambasting the president, as these books [Bushwacked, Dude, Where's My Country, et al.] proudly do, Sims lays out a reasoned, theologically sound argument against the kind of leadership the current administration practices, instead of attacking specific policies or the president's personal character." - www.whosoever.org (online Christian magazine), 5/5/04
Readers sympathetic to Sim's alienation from the Bush administration and to his eclectic mix of religious philosophies may find encouragement and inspiration here. Publisher's Weekly, 6/1/04
S the book resounds with his awareness of a re-awakening spirit of justice and love, and a maturity of humanity, " emerging from eras of childhood self-identity and of adolescent violence. “Patricia Nakamura, The Living Church, September 19, 2004
SThis is a passionate and persuasive book. Bennett Sims has woven together his career as an Episcopal theologian and bishop with his ethical and political concerns as an informed citizen of the United States. He examines issues underneath the political propaganda of the spin-doctors and presents a vision of what the country can be which judges what it is becoming. This book will not be popular in the present White House, but it will ring true with millions of Americans and people around the world will cheer that someone inside the USA sees what they see so clearly. ”John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a Better World
"At a time when national polls indicated that most citizens base their judgments concerning national policies on what they hear from the media rather than what they hear at church, this is a very important book. Bishop Sims makes very clear how our religious convictions must be the basis for our political choices, which are also clearly profound moral decisions. I hope this message is spread throughout the land." - Thomas J. Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Detroit
"... the book resounds with his awareness of a re-awakening spirit of justice and love, and a 'maturity of humanity,' emerging from eras of childhood self-identity and of adolescent violence." -Patricia Nakamura, The Living Church, September 19, 2004
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Summaries
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"Sims . . . examines issues underneath the political propaganda of the spin-doctors and presents a vision of what the country can be which judges what it is becoming."--Bishop John Shelby Spong.
Main Description
In a style that's both personal and analytical, retired Episcopal Bishop Bennett Sims offers a penetrating critique of the extremist religious and political assumptions that underlie the domestic and foreign policies of President George W. Bush. He contrasts two radically opposed conceptions of power. Both concepts are found in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures. The concept of power represented by the President is the centuries-old one of male-dominant, militarist imperialism, co-opted in recent history by a fierce Fundamentalism that forecasts an imminent and violent end of history. The other is the enduring power of compassion, justice, and nonviolence exemplified by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth. This book celebrates the movement of prophetic power from the shadows of history to the foreground of political action.
Long Description
In a style that "s both personal and analytical, retired Episcopal Bishop Bennett Sims offers a penetrating critique of the extremist religious and political assumptions that underlie the domestic and foreign policies of President George W. Bush. He contrasts two radically opposed conceptions of power. Both concepts are found in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures.The concept of power represented by the President is the centuries-old one of male-dominant, militarist imperialism, co-opted in recent history by a fierce Fundamentalism that forecasts an imminent and violent end of history. The other is the enduring power of compassion, justice, and nonviolence exemplified by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth. This book celebrates the movement of prophetic power from the shadows of history to the foreground of political action.>
Bowker Data Service Summary
In a style that is both personal and analytical, retired Episcopal bishop Bennett Sims offers a penetrating critique of the extremist religious and political assumptions that underlie the domestic and foreign policies of US president George W. Bush.
Main Description
In a style that's both personal and analytical, retired Episcopal Bishop Bennett Sims offers a penetrating critique of the extremist religious and political assumptions that underlie the domestic and foreign policies of President George W. Bush. He contrasts two radically opposed conceptions of power. Both concepts are found in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures. The concept of power represented by the President is the centuries-old one of male-dominant, militarist imperialism, co-opted in recent history by a fierce Fundamentalism that forecasts an imminent and violent end of history. The other is the enduring power of compassion, justice, and nonviolence exemplified by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth. This book celebrates the movement of prophetic power from the shadows of history to theforeground of political action.
Long Description
In a style that's both personal and analytical, retired Episcopal Bishop Bennett Sims offers a penetrating critique of the extremist religious and political assumptions that underlie the domestic and foreign policies of President George W. Bush. He contrasts two radically opposed conceptions of power. Both concepts are found in the Hebrew-Christian Scriptures.The concept of power represented by the President is the centuries-old one of male-dominant, militarist imperialism, co-opted in recent history by a fierce Fundamentalism that forecasts an imminent and violent end of history. The other is the enduring power of compassion, justice, and nonviolence exemplified by the Hebrew prophets and Jesus of Nazareth. This book celebrates the movement of prophetic power from the shadows of history to theforeground of political action.
Table of Contents
Preamblep. 6
Preface: The Politics of Peril and Promisep. 7
Saints and Sinnersp. 19
Competition Supersededp. 38
Leadership as the Exercise of Powerp. 57
Apocalypse and Evolutionp. 72
Global Warming of the Second Kindp. 92
The Future of Powerp. 106
Afterword: Hope and the Sword of the Spiritp. 126
Resources for Participation in Global Warming of the Second Kindp. 135
Notesp. 142
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