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Our endangered values : America's moral crisis / Jimmy Carter.

By: Carter, Jimmy, 1924-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005Description: x, 212 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780743284578; 0743284577; 9780739461709; 0739461702.Subject(s): Social values -- United States | Religious fundamentalism -- United States | Christianity and politics -- United States | Church and state -- United States | Church and social problems -- United States | Human rights -- Government policy -- United States | United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009 -- Moral and ethical aspects | United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009 -- Moral and ethical aspects | United States -- Moral conditionsAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Our endangered values.DDC classification: 306/.0973/090511 Other classification: 71.51
Contents:
America's common beliefs-- and strong differences -- My traditional Christian faith -- The rise of religious fundamentalism -- Growing conflicts among religious people -- 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 -- The distortion of American foreign policy -- Attacking terrorism, not human rights? -- Protecting our arsenals, but promoting proliferation -- Worshiping the Prince of Peace, or preemptive war? -- Where are the major threats to the environment? -- The world's greatest challenge in the new millennium -- What is a superpower?
Summary: President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In this book, he offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred. He reacts to some trends involving both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and including some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day--frequently encapsulated under "moral values." They include preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics. Sustained by his faith, Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way.--From publisher description.
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America's common beliefs-- and strong differences -- My traditional Christian faith -- The rise of religious fundamentalism -- Growing conflicts among religious people -- 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 -- The distortion of American foreign policy -- Attacking terrorism, not human rights? -- Protecting our arsenals, but promoting proliferation -- Worshiping the Prince of Peace, or preemptive war? -- Where are the major threats to the environment? -- The world's greatest challenge in the new millennium -- What is a superpower?

President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In this book, he offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred. He reacts to some trends involving both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and including some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day--frequently encapsulated under "moral values." They include preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics. Sustained by his faith, Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way.--From publisher description.

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Library Journal Review

This is a book of reason and tolerance but also of indignation. The former President draws on his religious faith and political experience to comment wisely on a wide range of "hot button" issues. Although Carter's tone is patient and explanatory, his views are bound to be newsworthy and will rekindle some old fires. He is dismayed by the influence of fundamentalism both in religion and in politics; as he observes, "Narrowly defined theological beliefs have been adopted as the rigid agenda of a political party." He further accuses the neoconservatives who guide the Bush administration of having imperialistic goals. Carter writes at length about post-9/11 human rights violations, gun control, nuclear proliferation, the death penalty, the dilution of environmental quality, and the dangers of preemptive war. He passionately encourages women to demand a greater leadership role in the church while candidly discussing his own religious beliefs and struggles with the Baptist Church. However, his most cohesive chapter is concerned with the growing gap between rich and poor, which he calls the greatest challenge facing the world in this new century. This book is an eloquent personal testament that deserves a wide readership, regardless of political affiliation. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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James Earl Carter Jr. was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946, and spent seven years as an officer in the Navy. <p> When his term was over, Carter returned to Plains and began his career in politics at the state level in 1962. In 1970, he was elected Governor of Georgia and six years later announced his candidacy for the Presidency. Carter campaigned against Gerald Ford and eventually won with 297 electoral votes, becoming the 39th President of the United States. <p> As President, Carter established a National Energy Policy, expanded the National Park System and created the Department of Education. He was also instrumental in the Camp David Agreement of 1978, which helped to bring peace between Egypt and Israel. Carter established full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and completed negotiations of the SALT II Nuclear Limitations Treaty with the Soviet Union. <p> Upon completion of his term as President, he founded the Carter Center in Atlanta, a non-profit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflict and to enhance freedom and democracy around the world. In 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written several books including An Hour Before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Our Endangered Values, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, and Faith: A Journey for All. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) Jimmy Carter who served as thirty-ninth president of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. After leaving the White House he and his wife Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world. <p> (Publisher Provided)

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