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Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism By David R. Swartz,

  • Title: Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism
  • Author: David R. Swartz
  • ISBN: 9780812244410
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1973, nearly a decade before the height of the Moral Majority, a group of progressive activists assembled in a Chicago YMCA to strategize about how to move the nation in a evangelical direction through political action When they emerged, the Washington Post predicted that the new evangelical left could shake both political and religious life in America The follIn 1973, nearly a decade before the height of the Moral Majority, a group of progressive activists assembled in a Chicago YMCA to strategize about how to move the nation in a evangelical direction through political action When they emerged, the Washington Post predicted that the new evangelical left could shake both political and religious life in America The following decades proved the Post both right and wrong evangelical participation in the political sphere was intensifying, but in the end it was the religious right, not the left, that built a viable movement and mobilized electorally How did the evangelical right gain a moral monopoly and why were evangelical progressives, who had shown such promise, left behind In Moral Minority, the first comprehensive history of the evangelical left, David R Swartz sets out to answer these questions, charting the rise, decline, and political legacy of this forgotten movement Though vibrant in the late nineteenth century, progressive evangelicals were in eclipse following religious controversies of the early twentieth century, only to reemerge in the 1960s and 1970s They stood for antiwar, civil rights, and anticonsumer principles, even as they stressed doctrinal and sexual fidelity Politically progressive and theologically conservative, the evangelical left was also remarkably diverse, encompassing groups such as Sojourners, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Evangelicals for Social Action, and the Association for Public Justice Swartz chronicles the efforts of evangelical progressives who expanded the concept of morality from the personal to the social and showed the way organizationally and through political activism to what would become the much larger and influential evangelical right By the 1980s, although they had witnessed the election of Jimmy Carter, the nation s first born again president, progressive evangelicals found themselves in the political wilderness, riven by identity politics and alienated by a skeptical Democratic Party and a hostile religious right.In the twenty first century, evangelicals of nearly all political and denominational persuasions view social engagement as a fundamental responsibility of the faithful This most dramatic of transformations is an important legacy of the evangelical left.
    Moral Minority The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism In nearly a decade before the height of the Moral Majority a group of progressive activists assembled in a Chicago YMCA to strategize about how to move the nation in a evangelical direction thr

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    1. Although evangelicals are often perceived as being unquestioning loyal to the Republican Party, in Moral Minority The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism historian David R Swartz effectively demonstrates that such an assumption doesn t line up with trajectories of millions of evangelicals In fact, a significant number of evangelicals were generally apolitical and inactive until they mustered support for the born again Democrat Jimmy Carter For instance, Pat Robertson and a young Michael G [...]

    2. A brilliant, insightful, and fascinating history of the rise and fall and potential rise again of the American evangelical left Swartz organizes his book around the 1973 Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern, using the various members of the meeting as entryways into the complexities, influences, and motivations including racial, ethnic, and gender identities that made up the nascent evangelical left and became its legacy This was an intensely exciting book to read, eminently readabl [...]

    3. An incredibly well researched book chronicling the re emergence of American evangelicals into public life, and how the progressive strain in evangelical engagement eventually lost out, yet, its emphases are now becoming mainstream, especially among younger evangelicals

    4. Swartz, David R 2012 Moral Minority The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press.In America, white evangelicals are politically conservative Seventy nine percent of white evangelicals who voted in 2012, for example, cast their presidential ballot for Republican Mitt Romney, matching George W Bush s share of white evangelical voters in 2004 So connected in the public mind have evangelicalism and conservatism become that it s hard for many to imagine [...]

    5. It may come as a shock to some that evangelicals have not always been associated with the right wing The rise of right wing evangelicals came in the late 1970s It was during this time evangelicals became politicised and we saw the rise of the Moral Majority Swartz in this well researched and written book traces the rise and decline of the evangelical left what he terms the Moral Minority He looks primarily at the period after 1960 a time when for most evangelicals politics was taboo and faith wa [...]

    6. I distrust the Evangelical Left for the same reason I distrust the Religious Right The main reason for this distrust is that whenever a group of Christians aligns itself so completely with one political party that it becomes unwilling or unable to voice critique, it forfeits its capacity to be prophetic, and instead becomes a pawn The Christian leaders whose politics I most respect are those who are willing to deviate from the party line when the party line clearly deviates from the dictates of [...]

    7. This is an excellent resource book to learn about the evangelical left political movement during the 50 years I learned a lot about the individuals who shaped and created this movement The book also discusses the organizations that were formed and still exist It should be required reading for advanced U S History course.Highly Recommended

    8. I really wanted to love this book because the topic is something very close to beliefs I share, but the writing wasn t good More than one cohesive book it s really a collection of essays about different people in the movement.

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