The Common Good

Theologian: America needs to find 'the common good'

Date: May 6, 2013

A renowned theologian visiting Denver this week says America needs to transcend partisan politics and get back to "the common good."

Jim Wallis says he took a three-month sabbatical at the start of the 2012 election year to gain perspective and ideas for a new book. He vowed not to speak, write or be interviewed about politics.

"That was a touch discipline, but the more I listened and watched the news cycle at night - [I found] it was polarized and paralyzed with anger, fear and vitriol," Wallis said. "And we lost this basic idea called the common good - which goes back centuries but is more timely than ever. So I think we need to get that back: the common good of what does it mean to take care of each other. That's really what can bring us together."

Wallis' new book is titled "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good."