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American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country Hardcover – 21 April 2020

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  • ISBN-10 : 0062935984
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062935984
  • Hardcover : 352 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.87 x 22.86 cm
  • Publisher : HarperOne (21 April 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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"Excellent." --Commonweal Magazine

"Jenkins is an outstanding journalist. His coverage of politics for the Religion News Service is the gold standard among religion reporters. Those skills are evident in the 12 mostly disconnected stories he tells here about religious activists advocating for progressive causes." --Christianity Today

"American Prophets offers a fresh viewpoint that would not likely be noticed without the careful attention and study Jenkins put into his research, and it offers hope to those who may be experiencing dismay at the current political scene in this country.--New York Journal of Books

"Jenkins helps us see the other part of that story: the faith-driven struggle by Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Earth-centered religionists, and "nones" as well, to write a new and more hopeful chapter in our communal life." --The Progressive

"Jenkins proves an able and engaging guide through all of these progressive movements. He approaches his subject through the personal stories of those intimately involved in the efforts he explores, and readers will see in his telling the human dimension of these broader justice campaigns.--National Catholic Reporter

A master storyteller.--Brian D McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration and A New Kind of Christianity

Jenkins is my go-to source when I want a snapshot of what's happening in the American religious landscape... demonstrating how a vibrant and undeterred Religious Left has filled the moral vacuum with an unapologetically progressive agenda promoting peace, pluralism, and human dignity for all.--Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

"A contemporary 'Lives of the Saints'--a series of profiles of admirable leftist activists whose politics are motivated by their faith. . . . The problem isn't that there has not yet been a potent religious left; it's that the 'religious' part is too often left out."--The New Yorker

"Delves deeply into the origins, activities, and leadership of the Religious Left . . . highlighting the widespread--though not always widely recognized--role that progressive faith communities have long held in political and social causes. . . . A well-researched and timely work of journalism."--Kirkus Reviews

"For those who find the Religious Right suffocating, American Prophets will be balm to the soul. Jenkins describes a prophetic voice that encompasses a pro-life view for all humanity and family values for all sorts of families."--Spectrum Magazine

About the Author

JACK JENKINS is a national reporter for Religion News Service and a former Senior Religion Reporter for ThinkProgress. His work has also been published in The Atlantic and the Washington Post, and he is cited regularly in the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, MSNBC, and other top media outlets. He is a regular guest on radio shows and podcasts, including ABC, BBC, various NPR affiliates, Sirius XM, Vox.com's Today Explained podcast, and many others. A graduate of Presbyterian College, Jenkins earned his Master of Divinity at Harvard University.