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    To appease certain people, a thread devoted to positive contributions of organized religion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Anaximander View Post
    To appease certain people, a thread devoted to positive contributions of organized religion.
    Who you appeasing? Why did you think this necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Anaximander View Post
    To appease certain people, a thread devoted to positive contributions of organized religion.
    Certain People? as in plural? Jinkies, gang what a mystery... whomever could "they" be...


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    Well, more about an individual, but still... There are folks out there with faith who are pursuing good things.

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    ...if Graham is either the foil or forefather of current evangelical politics, then Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, is the road not taken. Today it may seem inevitable that evangelicals gravitated to the Republican Party in the 1980s; but Carter, the wealthy peanut farmer from Georgia who won the 1976 election as a Jesus-loving Democrat, complicates the story. Like the evangelical politicians who succeeded him, Carter talked about his “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” (and famously confessed to Playboy magazine, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times”). Yet as other evangelicals drifted to the religious right, Carter advocated universal health care, proposed cuts in military spending and denounced the tax code as “a welfare program for the rich.”

    Voted out of office after his first term, Carter has dedicated himself to humanitarian work through the Carter Center, the nonpartisan human rights organization he and his wife founded in 1982. But Carter, now 93, remains adamant about the role of Christians in the political sphere. “I believe now, more than then, that Christians are called to plunge into the life of the world,” he writes in Faith: A Journey for All, “and to inject the moral and ethical values of our faith into the processes of governing.”

    The goal of Faith: A Journey for All, as Carter states loftily in the Introduction, is “to explore the broader meaning of faith, its far-reaching effect on our lives, and its relationship to past, present, and future events in America and around the world.” Fortunately, the book is far less stuffy than such a description suggests. Peppered with stories from Carter’s political career and quotations from theologians, Faith is the religion-infused appeal of an elder statesman to the country he once governed. Though Carter’s evangelical faith is on full display, his appeal to readers is religiously neutral. Whether through the Bible, the Quran or the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Carter entreats his fellow citizens to draw on “these visions of improved human interrelationships...to meet the challenges of the present moment.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Anaximander View Post
    Being from southeastern PA, I can't help but think of this. Also, more recently, they had better positions on the Iraq War than a lot of mainstream Democrats like Joe Biden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cat View Post
    Certain People? as in plural? Jinkies, gang what a mystery... whomever could "they" be...
    I cant wait for the unmasking to see if the meddling kids had it figured out all along...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totenkindly View Post
    Well, more about an individual, but still... There are folks out there with faith who are pursuing good things.

    The Faith of Jimmy Carter | America Magazine

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    It seems that many examples will be of religious individuals rather than organizations. Those who questioned the orthodoxy of the status quo and went against popular consensus to fight injustice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julius_Van_Der_Beak View Post
    He was my answer also.
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