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Subject: Interesting interview with Jim Wallis
Date Posted: 1/25/2008 2:32 AM ET
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I read this guy's blog all the time.  Did anyone catch the interview on A Daily Show?  It's about how he sees Evangelicals move away from the religious right.  He has had a battle with Falwell, Robertson, etc. for quite some time now over what the role of religious people is. He also talks about the growing spirituality in America.  I really like Wallis' approach:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=148211&title=jim-wallis



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Date Posted: 1/25/2008 5:36 PM ET
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I did and I thought he was very refreshing.  Made me think. 

I think I could enjoy the company of any sincerely religous person of whatever faith since they all teach the same skills/ethics of getting outside yourself, treating others decently and aiming for a higher good.  It's the people with a religious agenda that tend to **** everything up as Falwell, Robertson, etc. tend to illustrate. 

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 3:25 AM ET
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I thought it was interesting that he remarked that their is a growing spirtuality in America but not necessarily a growing interest in religion.  Well, he is an Evangelical and has been battling against the right for some time.  I always remember one quote he gave in an interview.  It was something like "I doubt if Jesus was here he'd be worrying about capital gains rather than feeding the poor".

Date Posted: 1/26/2008 3:11 PM ET
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Yes!  I can't imagine how I forgot about that since it was so unexpected and counter-intuitive coming from a evangelical and an ordained minister with such a spirit of openness. 

Makes me yearn for an earlier, less combative time and hope it can return.  As I recall, there was a lot more charitable work being done by churches at the time as well as the general sense that we could co-exist. 

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 2:21 AM ET
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If what Wallis says is true about younger Evangelical turning more towards charitable acts and less towards politics, then there is a new movement awakening in the USA.

 

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 7:51 AM ET
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Wallis's book God's Politics came out just before the '04 elections, and it was really excellent.  He has a blog that other Red-Letter Christians post on along with him and it's one of my favorites.  You can link there from sojo.net.

And I loved that he was back on A Daily Show.  Great!

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 12:12 PM ET
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Sojo.net also has a great e-mail list you can join.  It is very high volume.  I was on for several years. Finally quit because most of the people there are so outside the system, it was difficult for me to discuss subjects.  It may be different now.

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 10:07 AM ET
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That was great.  His comment about how its not someone's religion that matters, but their moral compass, is the best, most concise way of stating everything thats mistaken in the focus on religion in todays political world.

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 10:07 AM ET
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sorry, double post



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Date Posted: 1/30/2008 4:54 PM ET
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Wallis also participates on the God's Politics blog on beliefnet.com.