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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter

Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis by Jimmy Carter. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. ISBN: 978-0-7432-8457-8

In this powerfully argued and convincingly written book, former president Jimmy Carter speaks with moral authority on where and how our country has gone wrong. He describes how we've taken a wrong turn, strongly influenced by the so-called “Christian” right. He shows quite clearly how religious fundamentalism, in all its insidious guises, has betrayed the basic values that are at the heart of our society. Not only that, the false values they espouse are not compatible with the basic tenants of traditional Judeo-Christian thought and belief.

A few of the book's chapter titles are illuminating:

  • No Conflict Between Science and Religion

  • The Entwining of Church and State

  • Sins of Divorce and Homosexuality

  • Would Jesus Approve Abortions and the Death Penalty?

  • Must Women Be Subservient?

  • Fundamentalism in Government

  • Worshiping the Prince of Peace, or Preemptive War?

  • Where Are the Major Threats to the Environment?

This is a book that could be profitably read by every American, but unfortunately, most of those who could most benefit from it will probably never read it, having already closed their minds and hearts to its message.

Highly recommended for ALL Americans!


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