A “Best Spiritual Book of the Year.”
—Spirituality & Practice
What are America's global responsibilities as the only remaining superpower? Thought-provoking original essays from a variety of spiritual viewpoints provide a lucid introduction to the historical, moral and theological aspects of this controversial issue.
Created by the Editors at SkyLight Paths
5½ x 8½, 256 pp | 978-1-893361-81-2
Are we the world’s good neighbor or a global bully?
“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
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?
Spiritual Perspectives on America’s Role as Superpower invites 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.
“The spiritual response to America’s global status springs from deep moral conviction. Initially the hope was that America—by becoming a superpower—would save the world. Today the fear is that America—having become a superpower—will destroy it..”
—Rev. Forrest Church
“No other country approaches America as a force for good on planet Earth. If a meteor destroyed the United States at this time, the world would be overrun by cruelty. The world needs a policeman, just as individual countries need policemen. And humanity should thank God every day that it is the United States of America that has the power and the moral will to be the world’s policeman, and not France or China or Russia or any other country.”