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by Michael Lerner

eBook The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right ePub
Author: Michael Lerner
Language: English
ISBN: 0060842474
ISBN13: 978-0060842475
Publisher: HarperOne (February 7, 2006)
Pages: 416
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 710
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The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right is a 2006 book by Rabbi Michael Lerner.

The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right is a 2006 book by Rabbi Michael Lerner.

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love. It also threatens to generate a popular aversion to God and religion by identifying religious values with a pro-war. The Left Hand of God is a rambling, repetitive and wordy opinion piece. It should have had a 120 page limit.

In the second half of the book Lerner details various policy proposals for a spiritual progressive movement. As Lerner puts it, liberals tend to want to argue from the high ground of rationality. As if all the facts prove them right

In the second half of the book Lerner details various policy proposals for a spiritual progressive movement. This is the sort of book I have to go back and re-read, taking notes this time. My hope has been strengthened by being exposed to Lerner's vision. Even before starting this book, I have made it a personal mission to build a spiritual progressive group in Tucson. As if all the facts prove them right. All too often, we fail to acknowledge that there is indeed an ideology that attracts us to certain facts, just as is the case with conservatives.

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Michael Learns To Rock - Sleeping Child - Продолжительность: 3:34 Warner Music Denmark Recommended for you. 3:34. It also threatens to generate a popular aversion to God and religion by identifying religious values with a pro-war, pro-business, pro-rich, anti-science, and anti-environmental stance. Over the past few decades, the Republicans have achieved political dominance by forging a union with the Religious Right. By appealing to religious, secular, and spiritual but not necessarily religious people, The Left Hand of God blazes a trail that could change our world and reclaim America from the Religious Right.

Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" is a 2006 book by Rabbi Michael Lerner.

The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right" is a 2006 book by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Network of Spiritual Progressives.

The Right recognizes thisyearning and according to Lerner, the sense of community that is part ofthis quest for .

The Right recognizes thisyearning and according to Lerner, the sense of community that is part ofthis quest for meaning is more often found among more gations, both Christian and Jewish, than among mainline Christianand Liberal Jewish communities. Lerner offers a series of specific recommendations andstrategies that could reinvigorate the Left and create a synthesisbetween its political philosophy and the quest for meaning in Americansociety creating a Spiritual Agenda for American politics thatresponds to contemporary problems both domestic and global.

The book subtitle could be modified to say from the Religious Right and the Immoral Politicians and Corporate Magnates .

The book subtitle could be modified to say from the Religious Right and the Immoral Politicians and Corporate Magnates that Bribed Them. The book is most valuable for providing a common sense indictment of the Democratic leadership, labeling them corrupt and ignorant for thinking that they can only win by being Right Lite and failing to distinguish the Loving Left from the Rich and Religious Right. Especially helpful to me was the author’s detailed discussion of how the Left went secular after the 1960’s, that brief moment when a critical mass of America believed that love not war was.

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love.

Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right is a 2006 book by Rabbi Michael Lerner.

The unholy alliance of the Political Right and the Religious Right threatens to destroy the America we love. It also threatens to generate a popular aversion to God and religion by identifying religious values with a pro-war, pro-business, pro-rich, anti-science, and anti-environmental stance.

Over the past few decades, the Republicans have achieved political dominance by forging a union with the Religious Right. This marriage has provided a sanctimonious veneer for policies that have helped the rich get richer while ignoring the needs of the middle class and the poor, dismantling environmental and civil liberties protections, and seeking global domination. The Right champions the materialism and ruthless selfishness promoted by unrestrained capitalism and then laments the moral crises of family instability and loneliness experienced by people who bring these commercial values into their homes and personal lives. In response, the Religious Right offers insular communities for the faithful and a culture that blames liberals, activist judges, homosexuals, independent women, and all secular people for the moral and spiritual emptiness so many Americans experience.

Yet, however distorted both the Right's analysis and its solutions to America's spiritual crisis may be, it wins allegiance by addressing the human hunger for a life with some higher purpose. The Left, by contrast, remains largely tone-deaf to the spiritual needs of the American people. It is the yearning for meaning in life, not just the desire for money or power, that lies at the core of American politics.

Addressing the central mystery of contemporary politics -- why so many Americans vote against their own economic interests -- The Left Hand of God provides an invaluable, timely, and blunt critique of the current state of faith in government. Lerner challenges the Left to give up its deeply held fear of religion and to distinguish between a domination-oriented, Right-Hand-of-God tradition and a more compassionate and hope-oriented Left-Hand-of-God worldview. Further, Lerner describes the ways that Democrats have misunderstood and alienated significant parts of their potential constituency. To succeed again, Lerner argues, the Democratic Party must rethink its relationship to God, champion a progressive spiritual vision, reject the old bottom line that promotes the globalization of selfishness, and deal head-on with the very real spiritual crisis that many Americans experience every day.

Lerner presents a vision that incorporates and then goes far beyond contemporary liberal and progressive politics. He argues for a new bottom line in our economy, schools, and government. This is a fundamentally fresh approach, one that takes spiritual needs seriously in our economic and political lives. Presenting an eight-point progressive spiritual covenant with America, Lerner provides a blueprint for how the Democratic Party can effectively challenge the Right and position itself to win the White House and Congress. By appealing to religious, secular, and spiritual but not necessarily religious people, The Left Hand of God blazes a trail that could change our world and reclaim America from the Religious Right.

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This is a really well-written book that very accurately portrays the "values" crisis (I prefer Lerner's term meaning needs) that is growing increasingly chronic in the United States. I actually found myself looking at how I categorize and appraise others differently after reading this book, in terms of where and when I view people with utilitarian lenses...where I parcel people into lists of attributes and even beliefs without seeing the total person. It's appalling how often I do this out of reflex and training. This book is also a reminder that to understand political currents you really need to understand individuals and the goggles through which they view the world.

Further, I feel that Lerner clearly addresses some of the biggest frustrations I've had with the Left in this country, in terms of their own materialist dogmatism. I absolutely agree with Lerner's assessment that the Left has been deaf and dumb to the meaning needs of Americans, thus opening the way to the Republicans filling this gap in extremely hurtful ways. Through these currents, the extreme Right have consistently bred and fed the flames of intolerance, fear and bigotry in an already reactionary populace following 9/11.

I hope that those in the Democratic party read this book with an open mind, and choose their leaders with an eye to finding those who actually stand for something besides winning elections. Because frankly, people aren't stupid and the Democratic Party's consistent waffling on their ideals and/or reactionary stance changes in response to attacks by the Right Wing are an embarrassment. If you don't believe the values you espouse or don't have the strength to stand behind them (or only "develop" them in response to polling data) then you're not going to fool anyone into thinking you're sincere. I don't think the problem is a lack of values in the Democrats so much as a lack of faith in the American people. They need to find someone who's willing to stand up there and take hits...not crumple every time someone on the Right reacts to what they're saying and bludgeons them with the same old language of fear.

Great book...and a good start on this dialogue. The biggest message of this book is hope, and a call for people to pull together and not be misled by the most vocal extremists of both sides.
Welen
As a somewhat hard-nosed venture capitalist and Christian, I surprised myself two years ago when I started reading Tikkun, a bimonthly Jewish newsletter that critiques politics, culture and society, and is edited by Rabbi Michael Lerner. Then, while researching material for my forthcoming book on transforming the U.S. government into one that serves its people rather than Big Money and the selfish element of certain special interest groups, I found The Left Hand of God to be a beautifully written, even-handed, description of what is going on in American and international society. "Left Hand" is an invaluable resource for understanding how we all fit together and can achieve the destiny that God wants us to attain. There is a goodness and sincerity to his writing that we all would do well to adopt and emulate.
Ceck
I based my decision to buy and read The Left Hand of God on reviews praising Michael Lerner and his book. I should have paid more attention to some of the more critical reviews. The Left Hand of God is a rambling, repetitive and wordy opinion piece. It should have had a 120 page limit. Lerner's thinking is not original and his conclusions are usually not based on research or compelling arguments. Throughout the book Lerner makes reference to his nemesis, the cynical realist. It turns out the cynical realist is probably someone like me. This is unfortunate, because I agree with much of what Lerner has to say. I agree with Lerner's critique of the Religious Right, the misguided and immoral foreign policies of the current administration, the devastating effects of mega-corporations. I agree with Lerner that there is no point to be served by talking down those on the right side of the religious and political spectrum. I agree that the vision of a political party should take into account the fact that people are spiritual beings. For me, Lerner's main problem (and this seriously compromises the value of the book) is that he apparently sees no need that government cannot meet and no good that government cannot do. The program he offers is the Great Society Plus a Smile. Lerner would do well to keep his vision of love and harmony, but downsize the role of government in his game plan. Lerner's book would have benefited by more critical and historical analysis of the proper role of government.
Hallolan
This book is an important read for anyone willing to examine their life, social interactions, work motivations and core values. If we could implement the Spiritual Progressives' agenda and Social Contract our world, families, communities, environment, work, nationally and globally, would change for the better. Let's all work in our individual lives to end "me-firstism", since change begins with me.
krot
I am a lefty but I also am a preacher in a progressive church. I couldn't bring myself to finish the book because I couldn't stand the continous critisism of "Lefties" I would hope it changed later in the book and if it does maybe I'll finish it.
Uleran
Dems should hire Michael Lerner as an advisor for 2016 elections.
Gogul
Repetitive. The whole thing could have been condensed to one chapter. After a certain point, I couldn't read anymore. Nevertheless, the concept is inspiring.
Michael Lerner in this book and his others does not dodge what could be conceived as problematic. I love his books because not only does he clarify what the problems are.........but has solutions to those problems. Often I deeply desire certain things to happen.........but I don't know how to accomplish my goals. Michael gives me a road map. I wish everyone in the U.S. was open enough to read and profit from this book.
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