Joining Hands

Joining Hands

Politics and Religion Together for Social Change

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Did Martin Luther King?s spiritual understanding of political struggle truly help the Civil Rights movement? Can breast cancer victims incorporate both spiritual wisdom and political action in their fight for life? Tackling such questions that shake the core of our political and spiritual foundations, Roger S. Gottlieb presents a brave new account of how religious ethics and progressive movements share a common vision of a transformed world. In doing so, he offers a bold and eloquent affirmation: that authentic religion requires an activist, transforming presence in the political world, and that the moral and psychological insights of religion are indispensable resources in political struggles for democracy, human rights and ecological sanity. With original and compelling interpretations of Martin Luther King and the civil rights struggle, feminism, disability rights, the global environmental movement, and the fight for breast cancer, Joining Hands will alter the way spiritual seekers, political activists, and society as a whole think about the political role of religion and the spiritual component of politics.

Goes beyond the church versus state debate to argue that religious belief and spiritual practice are integral to the politics of social change

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Many religious people believe that faith enables them to live more fully, joyously, and compassionately and makes their communities more likely to value and sustain life; many people in progressive politics believe a political response to the human condition is not just about satisfying some particular interest group, but is vital to the happiness of the entire human community. Gottlieb (philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute) says both are right, but then again, both are wrong. He believes both are necessary to create the vision they share. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Westview Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780813365541
Branch Call Number: 291.177 GOT
Characteristics: xxviii, 243 p. ; 24 cm


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