Table Talk

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Session I. God and Empire

"Dangerous Religion" (p. 20)
"The Project for a New American Empire" (p. 27)
"Defiant Daughters" (p. 31)

Jim Wallis critiques George W. Bush's transformation from a self-help Methodist to a man who seems to view his presidency, and America's position of power, as part of a divine plan to "rid the world of evil." As Duane Shank reveals, the administration's wars and policy are shaped in large part by right-wing ideologues bent on maintaining the U.S.'s worldwide military superiority. Laurel Dykstra's study on Exodus offers one biblical response to empire—the resistance of Pharaoh's daughter.

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Sojourners Magazine September-October 2003
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