In addition to the above text, which will be used as the point of discussion for the forums on Exodus, the following books are in the cathedral library and are presented here as supplemental reading.
An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture by Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann and John McKnight
This book is an invitation to depart from our consumer market culture, with its constellations of empire and control. The authors present an alternative set of beliefs that have the capacity to evoke a culture where poverty, violence, and shrinking well-being are not inevitable and portray a culture in which the social order produces enough for all. They ask you to consider this other kingdom, to participate in this modern exodus towards a modern community and to awaken its beginnings are all around us. In constructing a future outside the systems world of solution, An Other Kingdom outlines a new possible journey.
Exodus: Let My People Go by Daniel Berrigan
This book is a prophetic interpretation of the story of a people’s liberation from slavery, contagious violence, and the shocking actions of an ambiguous god, with clear lines drawn to our own pharaohs. A Jesuit priest, an award-winning poet, and the author of over fifty books, as well as an internationally known voice for peace and disarmament, the author has spoken for peace, justice, and nuclear disarmament for nearly fifty years. He spent several years in prison for his part in the 1968 Catonsville Nine antiwar action and later acted with the Plowshares Eight. Nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, he lives and works in New York City.
Exodus and Revolution by Michael Walzer
This book is a moving meditation on the political meanings of the biblical story of Exodus –– from oppression to deliverance to the promised land. The author is one of America’s foremost political thinkers, who has written about a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy, including political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice, and the welfare state. He has played a critical role in the revival of a practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. His books include Just and Unjust Wars (1977), On Toleration (1997), and Arguing About War (2004). For more than three decades, he served as co-editor of the political journal Dissent. Currently, he is working on issues having to do with international justice and the connection of religion and politics, and also on a collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.