The Liberal Soul: Applying the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Politics, Available September 24th! September 18 2014
by Richard Davis
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Greg Kofford Books announces the release on September 24th of a thoughtful new book on the relationship between LDS principles and progressive politics: The Liberal Soul: Applying the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Politics, by Richard Davis.
Davis’s work also departs from most books on politics and Mormonism by declining to make its case in absolutist terms: where other authors claim that LDS principles demand certain political commitments, Davis argues that a more progressive approach is merely one of many permitted by the Gospel. The result is a book and a conversation starter with back-cover endorsements from both Senator Harry Reid (a Democrat) and former Utah Governor Olene Walker (a Republican).
Early reviews of The Liberal Soul have praised its thoughtfulness and its balance:
- “Richard Davis searches the scriptures to indicate the many times that Christ and prophets urge us to be “the liberal soul” when dealing with individuals and society. Suffering and need are obvious to everyone, but applying these scriptures to the value of good government brings a new dimension to its importance . . . based on the premise that “governments were instituted of God . . . for the good and safety of society” (D&C 134:1).” — Former Utah Governor Olene S. Walker
- “Davis provides a thoughtful exploration into the principles of generosity, equality, and Christian discipleship and their important relationship to democratic government. This book clearly explains the strong connection between liberalism and Mormonism. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever asked me, ‘How can you be a Democrat and a Mormon?’” — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
- “Professor Davis’s book, The Liberal Soul, has built a strong case based on gospel tenets to support a more progressive agenda and will begin the process of dismantling the notion that a ‘good’ Mormon must be a Republican.” — Former Congressman Richard Stallings (D-Idaho 2 1985–1993)
- “The Liberal Soul is an eye-opening read, providing significant insight into the all-encompassing nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Each unique chapter enhances our understanding of the inclusive mission of the Savior, through modern and ancient examples, leading to a greater increase of true discipleship.” — Scott N Howell, Utah State Senate Minority Leader (1992-2000) and 2012 Candidate for United States Senate
Read an excerpt from The Liberal Soul here.