by Rebecca Alpert
Temple University Press, 2000
Cloth: 978-1-56639-756-8 | eISBN: 978-1-4399-0101-4 | Paper: 978-1-56639-757-5
Library of Congress Classification BL2525.V65 2000
Dewey Decimal Classification 291.170973

What  has happened to the religious left? If there is a religious left, why don't we hear more about it?

The academics and activists who write this rich volume, edited by Rebecca Alpert, argue passionately on topics that concern all of us. Quoting from the Bible, the Torah, the Qur'an, the teachings of Buddha, as well as Native American folklore, they make the voices of the religious left heard -- teaching lessons of peace and liberation.

As this invaluable sourcebook shows, the religious left is committed to issues of human rights and dignity. Answering questions of identity and ideology, the essays included here stem from the "culture wars" that have divided orthodox and liberal believers. Responding to the needs of and raised by marginalized social groups, the writers discuss economic issues and religious politics as they champion equal rights, and  promote the teaching of progressive vision.

Containing insightful perspectives of adherents to many faiths, Voices of the Religious Left makes it clear that there is a group dedicated to instilling the values of justice and freedom. They are far from silent.

All of the essays in this collection "...represent the power of the written word as a vehicle for advocacy and social change....It is my hope that the  readers of these essays will themselves feel compelled to think more about the importance of taking a stand on issues from religious perspectives, and  to act on something that compels them." --Rabbi Rebecca Alpert

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