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Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics

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The 2008 U.S. presidential election is already heating up, fueled by debates about religion and politics, and dividing people of faith. Many Christians want to engage in politics but feel underequipped and overwhelmed. Wheaton College political scientist Amy E. Black believes Christians must become politically educated, not stereotyped and polarized. Beyond Left and Right ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Baker Books
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Sarah
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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I found this book to be pretty helpful, but I would offer two cautions up front. One, if you don't need a Political Science 101 primer, the bulk of the book will probably be redundant for you. Two, if you expect Amy Black to pronounce in favor of one side of a major issue or another, you'll be disappointed. She's painstakingly nonpartisan (which I appreciated).

The aim of the book is to equip Christians to participate meaningfully in the political process. Black emphatically debunks any notion th
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Tim Hoiland
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dr. Amy Black is a political science professor at Wheaton College whose work has focused on American politics and political behavior. She previously taught at Franklin & Marshall College in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics (Baker), Black aims to equip Christians to participate in politics in a thoughtful, educated way. If, like me, you didn’t exactly pay close attention during American Government class in high school, ...more
Jolyn
I have not finished the book but have already come across lots of good background information about "politics". Terminology is explained. Polling is discussed and what the numbers can and can not tell you.

The author repeatedly cautions Christians to not equate God with a political party or even a perspective on a particular issue. This book was published in 2008 and things have only gotten more divisive and ugly in politics since then (the recent Trump/Clinton presidential campaign and reaction
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Erin
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening. An easy read yet makes you think hard about life and the way we view it through the lens of politics. Black's optimism of bringing politics to the dinner table is nail biting idea; her unbiased opinion leaves us with a difficult task to instate such an idea. If you no nothing of American politics, this book is for you.
Sharon
May 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Beyond Left and Right is thought provoking and informative. It gives a good overview of our political system. Politics is compromise.
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