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Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"Divine Rebels offers a much-needed corrective to the wrathful voices on the Religious Right by showcasing the underreported heroism of politically progressive Christians who reject power and privilege in favor of compassion and reconciliation." Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking
"[A] learned, readable, and immensely important work of history, journalism, and advocacy." Samuel G. Freedman, author of Upon This Rock
"[Divine Rebels] is a timely and important account of American Christian activists deeply committed to both their faith and to a better world here and now. . . . They are models for everyone who has ever wondered how personal faith relates to the injustice of the world. I highly recommend this book." Sami Rasouli, human rights activist and director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams
About the Author
Deena Guzder is an independent journalist who has reported on human rights across the globe. Her work has appeared in Time, Mother Jones, Common Dreams, National Geographic, Washington Post, Ms. magazine, and elsewhere. She holds advanced degrees in journalism and international affairs from Columbia University.
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Guzder profiles ten more recent individuals who, instead of proselytising, "hope to serve as God's hands and feet rather than as his mouthpiece" and who "bear no resemblance to parochial, hierarchical and exclusionary fundamentalists obsessed with determining who descends to hell." From those who achieved their vision, such as Jim Zwerg and SueZann Bosler, to those who are continuing their struggle, such as John Dear and Charlotte Keys - the famous and less well known examples selected by Guzder embody their religious convictions, disavow violence and remain inspiring examples of humility, commitment and sacrifice.
These stimulating stories have helped me to mature beyond the black-and-white rhetoric of the somewhat combative form of atheism I once held.Read more ›
50 years ago if you asked an American, "How do you feel about black people?" You would have gotten a lot of sweeping generalizations. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us that the only correct answer is, "It depends on the black person." Two months ago if you asked me how I felt about religious people I would have said, "A few are alright, but I think they're a little nuts." I now appreciate that the only correct answer is, "It depends on the religious person."
In fact, let's talk about religion being the opiate of the masses. How do you feel about amphetamine addicts? Well, in theory, it seems like a bad idea. But Erdosh, a hugely important titan of mathematics, was only capable of being the brilliant man he was while he was on amphetamines. I wonder if a lot of titans of social justice are only capable of doing what they do because of their religious beliefs.
How can vandalising nuclear warheads be effective compared to international diplomacy? How have Christians justified breaking the law and avoided taxes? What would drive someone to set themselves alight and is it still considered non-violence? Where in the Bible does it encourage today's Christians to become eco-warriors? ...The chapters in this book mostly comprise of excellent story-telling but, rather than nodding along the (agnostic) author also challenges her subjects. As a rationalist and atheist myself, I'd be left with many questions after each profile were it not for the writer's journalistic edge. And it is this informed objectivity that - as other reviewers noted - makes this book a rallying call for progressive secularists to unite with their religious progressive counterparts.
Incorrect usage/spelling: On p. 99 we read "Seeking to qualm the refugees' fears of outsiders..."...err...that should be "quell" or "calm", not this hybrid, non-existent verb. This is followed on p. 100 by writing that Jim Corbett could provide "legal council". Perhaps someone could provide the author, a self-professed graduate from one of the nation's top journalism schools, Columbia University, with remedial English? Spell-check is not a substitute for old-fashioned editing.
Inconsistencies: One of the first things that leaped to my attention (perhaps because of this author's obsession with close, but not always accurate, physical description) is that the color of Fr. Roy Bourgeois' eyes changes from "blue as lapis lazuli" on p. 67 to "dove-gray" by p. 88. Prison might do that to a man, but to me it just smacks of careless "cut and paste" journalism. The author's physical descriptions are picturesque but not always correct. Mons. Oscar Romero is described as wearing "aviator glasses" (p. 65). He didn't. The late archbishop's glasses are part of the permanent collection at the Pacifist Living History Museum and can be seen on its website. On p. 138, the late Brazilian archbishop, Dom Helder Camara is described as "stocky", whereas those of us who met Camara in his later years would hardly attribute such an adjective to the diminutive and somewhat physically frail cleric.
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Book is great, but I ordered (and I believe paid for) 2 copies, but have only received one. Kathleen J. HallPublished 10 months ago by Kathleen J. Hall
I paraphrase Gandhi's famous quote. If that isn't an indictment of modern Christianity, I don't know what is! Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Mr. Mambo
This is the best book I've read this year thus far. The best for believers and non-believers alike. Deena Guzder's insightful interviews, prodigious research and engaging style are... Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by gleefan
I have been enjoying reading this much over-looked personal history of conversion and witness. I find the author's writing highly engaging -- lots of information, insight,... Read morePublished on June 5, 2011 by Nom de Plume