"Moral Minority is a vivid topography of a little-understood corner of evangelical thought."—New York Times
"In this remarkably rigorous, richly contextualized, and generally exhaustive exploration of the evangelical Left, David R. Swartz returns readers to a time when theologically conservative Protestantism was 'politically up for grabs.'"—Journal of American History
"David Swartz has written a book of colorfully portrayed characters and credible storyline that strikes an elegant balance between politics, theology, social history and biographical narratives."—American Society of Church History
"In this superbly written study, David Swartz offers an excitingly fresh and compelling look at evangelical activists who forged a different ideological path in the age of Nixon and Reagan, one that veered left, away from the rightward trends of their day. Blending big-picture perspective with the colorful insight of biography, Swartz vividly describes his subjects' gospel of social justice and their struggles to win their church over to this progressive faith. In doing so, he forcefully reminds us that modern evangelicalism is neither monolithic nor static in its political persuasions and quest for impact. As both good history and timely observation, this is an important book."—Darren Dochuk, author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism
"Swartz restores the evangelical left to its important place in the annals of post-sixties American evangelicalism. A striking work of research, recovery, and analysis, Moral Minority will stand as an essential contribution to the new history of American evangelicalism."—Steven P. Miller, author of Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South
This was an intensely exciting book to read, eminently readable with clear and fast-moving prose.
Indicative of the larger story, this chapter develops a slow-coming shift from defining racism in strictly personal terms to a broader socialized definition.
David R. Swartz's Moral Minority is a scholarly work focused on a topic often discussed outside academia.
I finally gave up and skipped some of the biographical writing just to get to the point. I did find an answer to my question, "Can I be a Christian and a Democrat too. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Is to return to the basic values as outlined in the Holy Bible. Few people seem to care anymore. Those of us that do, are clearly the "Moral Minority".Published 19 months ago by WW2BUFF
In America, white evangelicals are politically conservative. Seventy-nine percent of white evangelicals who voted in 2012, for example, cast their presidential ballot for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by George P. Wood
This book filled in a lot of gaps for me. I really appreciated the coverage of Jim Wallis and Sojourners as well as the chapter on the Carter presidency.Published 20 months ago by Karl N. Goodman
I have written a lengthy, positive review of this fine book for Christianity Today. Here is the link to that review: