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Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism

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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 more 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 foll ...more
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Published October 1st 2012 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published September 7th 2012)
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Alex Stroshine
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 M ...more
Kate
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 r
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Chris Schutte
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
George P.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Steve
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Troy
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid book where I learned a lot and it gave me hope that evangelicals are not all part of the GOP. It was interesting to learn about the different evangelical movements. It contains a lot of minutiae that can bog down a reader who might not be all that interested in the details.
Tim Hoiland
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 o ...more
Frank Ogden
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 !!
BookishStitcher
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
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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.
Carlyn Cole
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
An important read for those who are evangelical.
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