Are we the world’s good neighbor or a global bully?
This timely book provides us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on what may be the most pressing issue of our day: What are America’s global responsibilities as the only remaining superpower? What should we be doing with our resources, energy, talent, and strength? What shouldn’t we be doing?
"Those of us who live with spiritual convictions, or who worship in religious communities, sometimes have the opportunity to hear from the pulpit, from the bima, in the prayer hall, in the zendo, or elsewhere what one spiritual leader believes on these issues. This book is for those of us who want a variety of opinions, for those of us who want to understand the issues more deeply and make up our own minds."
—from the Introduction
Spiritual Perspectives on America’s Role as Superpowerinvites you to explore these essential questions with sixteen of today’s most profound religious and spiritual teachers. Coming from a wide variety of faiths, including Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Vedantist, and interfaith traditions, this intriguing volume’s contributors bring a crucial point of view to the already-intense national debate centering on America’s place in the world: that of spirituality.
An invaluable resource for those wishing to better understand varied spiritual viewpoints on America’s role as superpower, these thought-provoking original essays provide a lucid introduction to the historical, moral, and theological aspects of this controversial issue.
This timely anthology contains the viewpoints of 16 noted spiritual leaders from a variety of religious traditions and the whole political spectrum. The SkyLight Paths editors offer a collection that mostly lives up to their hope that "together we can try to change the world." These short essays, many of them with provocative stances, will compel audiences toward deeper reflection on globalization, spirituality and power. Designed for general readership, this book will also be of value to groups, such as adult Sunday school classes, that want to pursue a course of study. The eclectic assortment of authors includes Unitarian Universalist minister Forrest Church; creation spiritualist Matthew Fox; eco-feminist theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether; Buddhists Lama Surya Das and Thich Nhat Hahn; Roman Catholic "interspiritualist" Wayne Teasdale; and Christian journalist John Wilson. Here is an excellent opportunity to broaden cultural horizons. Liberal thinkers, for example, may be heartened and somewhat surprised by evangelical Tony Campolo's cogent argument for global compassion. Sufi Kabir Helminski takes America to task for squandering the goodwill that was established in Muslim countries, "alienating the majority and sprinkling gasoline on the dying embers of Islamic fundamentalism." Jewish radio theologian Dennis Prager disappoints with his misapplied oversimplifications (e.g. " is the only Judeo-Christian country in world history"), but most selections are worthwhile, well reasoned and well written.