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Faith in Politics? Rediscovering the Christian Roots of our Political Values [Paperback]

Richard Harries
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22 Feb 2010
Explores the Christian basis of our political life and its influence on key concepts such as freedom, human rights, and democracy.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Darton, Longman & Todd (22 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232527873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232527872
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Harries was Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006. On retirement he was made a Life Peer (Lord Harries of Pentregarth). He is currently Gresham Professor of Divinity and an Honorary Professor of Theology at King s College, London. He has held a number of Church and Public appointments on the interface of ethics and society and has written widely in this area.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A CHALLENGING READ 9 Dec 2010
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This bok is 'a must' for anyone who cares about the ethics of public life, about our contemporary society and how it functions.
The reader is challenged to think carefully about lifestyle, attitudes and morality, rather than rules, regulations and self interest.
It takes a non-judgemental approach, is open minded and questioning and is written in an excellent engaging way. Lord Harries command of English is second to none; he writes with a rare balance of style between academic depth and fast moving prose
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politics and Religion should mix 20 April 2013
By Kimewil
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This book shows us how we can and should be consious of and partakers in the decisions made by leaders of our country that effect us all. We should stand up for justice
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So what of the Christian roots of our political values?

We need action that is informed by Christian values ... not self-aggrandising, reactionary, half-baked, attempted justifications, that serve only to perpetuate irrelevant debates and the absolute neutralisation of any meaningful ethical (i.e. political) discourse.Dialectic and Gospel in the Development of Hegel's Thinking
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4.0 out of 5 stars Idealistic, honest, optomistic...but is it realistic? 24 July 2010
By Todd Bartholomew - Published on Amazon.com
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Rev. Harries is certainly a controversial figure, but arguably one of the most forward thinking intellectuals in the Church of England. "Faith in Politics" is Harries attempt to explain how faith can be not only a moderating force in liberal democracies, but if done right as a bridge between faiths that helps to unify populations rather than dividing along religious lines. Obviously faith and politics has often been an unholy mix that tends to allow faith to lead the political process into dreadful slaughter, rigid ideology, and stifled cultures. But rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of religion and politics merging, Harries points to how religion and religious leaders can fill a vital role not just in society but in politics. The only trouble is it seems to work best in British politics, but even then not in a pluralistic manner. It's true that the presence of the Bishops in the House of Lords points to how religion can be incorporated into the political process, and serve as a beacon to other countries. But within comes the two perspectives: separation of church and state, and some combination of the two. Theocracies have often pointed to the problems of combining the two. Britain has had the luxury of centuries to develop an evolved system that combines the two without compromising religious freedom or turning the state into a theocracy. Harries argues that Britain's model could serve as an example for other states to follow and it certainly sounds good, although I wouldn't want to try that in the USA. The key problem is that Harries comes from a liberal pluralistic perspective when it comes to religion and most religious followers tend to me further to the right in the spectrum, verging on the fanatical. While I love what Harries has to say and truly believe that most people of faith feel the same, the reality is it is not realistic. But if you're willing to try, here is the best template to follow that I've ever read.
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