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The Compassionate Community

The Compassionate Community

Ten Values to Unite America

Jonathan Miller; Afterword by Al Gore

St. Martin's Press



Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller shows the ten nonpartisan values--ranging from Opportunity to Security--that all Americans share, and uses Old Testament stories to highlight them. As an elected official in a "red" and largely Christian state, he has come to understand that although faith is often the source of divisiveness, the language of faith can bring Americans together. Inspiring stories from the Hebrew Bible illustrate Miller's plan to form a compassionate community. He shows that these lessons have the power to strengthen our country for future generations.


Praise for The Compassionate Community

“A must-read for all Americans concerned about the future of their country.” —Publishers Weekly

“Jonathan Miller has proved to be a master storyteller in whose words we recognize our deepest struggles as a people and catch a glimpse of who we wish to become. In The Compassionate Community, he brings the virtues of biblical heroes and heroines to life in his account of people and programs contesting today's politics of self-interest. It's a story of the greater good that Americans yearn to hear, and we are indebted to Jonathan Miller for telling it so well.” —Bob Edgar, National Council of Churches USA

“Jonathan Miller offers a compelling roadmap of how to ensure we leave our children a strong, safe, and just America. Through a frank discussion of the importance of policy girded by our moral values, Miller illustrates the kind of policy proposals that will be able to unite Americans and make sure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has the opportunity to share in the American Dream.” —U. S. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN)

The Compassionate Community highlights stories from the Hebrew Bible that represent cherished ideals such as opportunity, freedom, and security that are so central to the future of our nation. Miller emerges as a leader in the debate over the proper role of faith and moral values in public life.” —U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT)

“Jonathan Miller's The Compassionate Community examines the unfortunate contrast between the current debate about 'values' and the universal values that are at the core of the Judeo-Christian ethic. Miller's vision of a Compassionate Community is one that should be embraced and implemented by policy makers on both sides of the political divide.” —Donna L. Brazile, Chair of the Democratic National Committee Voting Rights Institute and former campaign manager for Gore for President 2000

“Jonathan Miller has gone to the Hebrew Bible to explore the values that are essential for Americans if we are to have a good society. This book should be read by Christians and Jews alike, in that it is truly an interfaith message that we all need to hear.” —Tony Campolo, Founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Professor Emeritus, Eastern University, and author of several books including Speaking My Mind

“Jonathan Miller draws deeply from the Hebrew Scriptures to challenge contemporary Americans to build a truly compassionate community in the United States. This deeply felt work underscores the truth of the observation of Jesus in the New Testament that the good householder draws forth old things and new. From the ancient wisdom of Israel Jonathan Miller draws forth something fresh, urgent, pertinent, and wise in order to speak to our times. This book is obedient to the challenge of 'Tikkun Olam'--to repair the world--and, as such, deserves a wide readership.” —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, The University of Notre Dame

“Dedicated to the principle that the Judeo/Christian tradition can form a sound basis for modern public policy making, Jonathan Miller in The Compassionate Community offers some practical solutions to many of today's most vexing problems. By recognizing that we are a nation of faith, but not a particular faith, he shows how the philosophy of 'do unto others' can be found in all religions and should underlie public policy-making.” —Christine Todd Whitman

The Compassionate Community is an intriguing mix of biblical insights and policy analysis, reflecting the author's obvious faith, good sense, and experience as a state elected official. It builds from Hebrew scriptural stories to foundational values, and combines that moral analysis with practical knowledge of what does and can work to improve the lives of poor Americans. It's full of smart ideas, and full of hope. It's a great antidote to cynical and partisan 'faith wars' and is a good read as well. And it's a call to commitment and community that all those interested in the public good should read--and follow.” —Mary Jo Bane, Thorton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Managment, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

“In The Compassionate Community Jonathan Miller gives us all a clarion call to a vision of compassion that seeks to reach beyond our political divides, our religious factions, and the myriad of forces that divide us, to a deeper unity underlying our humanity.” —Paul M. Pearson, Director and Archivist, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University

“Using universal teachings from the world's religious traditions as a framework, Jonathan Miller urges America's citizenry and elected officials to enact public policies that foster decency, integrity, and concern for others in all facets of our society. The Compassionate Community insists that we heed the call to tikkun olam--repair of our world--and is a must-read for those who seek to do right for our nation and its people.” —Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President, Union for Reform Judaism

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About the author

Jonathan Miller; Afterword by Al Gore

Jonathan Miller is the State Treasurer of Kentucky. He has been proclaimed an emerging national leader by groups as diverse as the Democratic Leadership Council, the United Jewish Communities, and the Aspen Institute. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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