Pick up former President Jimmy Carter's new book, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis. It will be well worth your time.
I believe it is a must-read for anyone who cares about the cities of America, not to mention the soul of the nation itself.
Carter's prose may not be the most exciting that you'll ever read, but his passion will move you and the facts he establishes may startle you.
His chapter on "political fundamentalism" is worth the price of the book.
His summary on this theme that pops up throughout the book is helpful,
"There are obviously sincere differences of opinion within the religious and political life of our nation, and this is to be expected. It is the unprecedented combined impact of fundamentalism in religion and politics that has helped to create the deep and increasingly disturbing divisions among our people. This is a basic challenge that the citizens of our country will have to meet and resolve, in order to shape the future heart and soul of America" (page 101).
Carter identifies the "world's greatest challenge" as "the growing chasm between the rich and the poor people on earth. There is not only a great disparity between the two, but the gap is steadily widening" (page 179).
The former President avoids none of the hot button topics so familiar to our current debate: abortion, homosexuality, poverty, church and state, science and religion, terrorism, foreign policy, gun control, the environment.
This is a book I hope you will read and recommend to others.
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