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Why the Left Is Not Right: The Religious Left : Who They Are and What They Believe Paperback – June, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310210151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310210153
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By on September 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
A very quick, readable display of a movement, the existence of which is unknown to most evangelicals today. For those interested in reading more on the subject pick up Nash's earlier book "Liberation Theology".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Keen Incite on January 13, 2007
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Ronald H. Nash in "Why the Left is Not Right," has written a much-needed treatment explaining who the Religious Left is and what they believe. This book answers many questions no doubt put forth by conservative Christians who are totally baffled by this group.

This book is not a comprehensive refutation of liberal Christian biblical exegesis and hermeneutics. Instead, Nash chronicles the antics of the so-called Christian Left whose god is really Marx, but who try to hide their Marxian golden calf inside a Christian facade.

Since the main emphasis of the Christian Left is liberal social policy involving economics, Nash does take time to refute what the Left considers to be the biblical basis for socialism (as weak as this basis turns out to be.) He also gives a basic economics lesson to the reader demonstrating why the Religious Left's preferred methods of "economic justice" simply won't work. Nash states, "[T]he Left's economic illiteracy is responsible for several of its more serious errors, such as its attack on capitalism. When it comes to economics, the Left simply has had no idea what it is talking about."

Nash also profiles three leaders of the Christian Left: Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo and Ron Sider - including mini-biographies of each, detailing their past leftist radicalism.

Overall, Nash demonstrates that the Christian Left is not an authentic representation of biblical Christianity. As he writes, "...the far-left extremists have not been faithful to the social message of the Scriptures. They have simply surrendered to the prevailing ideology of the political Left and have read the content of that message into God's Word." In other words, the Christian Left is simply attempting to fit a Marxian square peg into the Christian round hole.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1999
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No one, it seems, ever talks about the Religious Left in America. Well, this book does. In fact, it is probably still the only detailed examination of the movement. Thoroughly researched, the book offers important information about the political left's attempt to gain control of evangelical Christian institutions.
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