By David R. Swartz
In 1973, approximately a decade ahead of the peak of the ethical Majority, a bunch of innovative activists assembled in a Chicago YMCA to strategize approximately easy methods to circulation the state in a extra evangelical path via political motion. once they emerged, the Washington Post envisioned that the hot evangelical left may possibly "shake either political and spiritual existence in America." the next many years proved the Post either correct and wrong—evangelical participation within the political sphere was once intensifying, yet finally it used to be the non secular correct, no longer the left, that equipped a conceivable flow and mobilized electorally. How did the evangelical correct achieve an ethical monopoly and why have been evangelical progressives, who had proven such promise, left behind?
In Moral Minority, the 1st finished heritage of the evangelical left, David R. Swartz units out to reply to those questions, charting the increase, decline, and political legacy of this forgotten circulate. even though bright within the past due 19th century, innovative evangelicals have been in eclipse following spiritual controversies of the early 20th century, in simple terms to reemerge within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. They stood for antiwar, civil rights, and anticonsumer rules, whilst they under pressure doctrinal and sexual constancy. Politically revolutionary and theologically conservative, the evangelical left used to be additionally remarkably varied, encompassing teams equivalent to Sojourners, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Evangelicals for Social motion, and the organization for Public Justice. Swartz chronicles the efforts of evangelical progressives who accelerated the concept that of morality from the non-public to the social and confirmed the way—organizationally and during political activism—to what may turn into the a lot higher and extra influential evangelical correct. by means of the Nineteen Eighties, even though they'd witnessed the election of Jimmy Carter, the nation's first born-again president, revolutionary evangelicals came upon themselves within the political barren region, riven through id politics and alienated by way of a skeptical Democratic get together and a adverse spiritual right.
In the twenty-first century, evangelicals of approximately all political and denominational persuasions view social engagement as a primary accountability of the trustworthy. This such a lot dramatic of variations is a vital legacy of the evangelical left.
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Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism (Politics and Culture in Modern America) by David R. Swartz