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If this isn't a conversation starter for Christians, then nothing else will be.

--Marvin Olasky
Editor in Chief, World


Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes engage in a far ranging dialogue about many issues of public policy¦ You will find the discussion quite stimulating --- which is clearly the purpose of the book. --
Jim Wallis
President and CEO of Sojourners
New York Times bestselling author
God's Politics
--Russell Media

We live in an age of partisanship and incivility where simple issues have become battlefields for fierce division. In such a moment, American Christians on the left and right must relearn the art of graceful and winsome dialogue.

In Left, Right and Christ, Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes attempt to build bridges of understanding across the divides on our sharpest disagreements. Read this book, and decide for yourself!

Jonathan Merritt
Author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars
--Russell Media

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"Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes...engage in a far-ranging dialogue about many issues of public policy. Obviously, you won't agree with everything each author has to say. I didn't. But you will find the discussion quite stimulating, which is clearly the purpose of the book."
Jim Wallis
President & CEO, Sojourners
New York Times bestselling author, God's Politics

"We live in an age of partisanship and incivility where simple issues have become battlefields for fierce division. In such a moment, American Christians on the left and right must relearn the art of graceful and winsome dialogue. In Left, Right and Christ, Lisa Sharon Harper and D.C. Innes attempt to build bridges of understanding across the divides on our sharpest disagreements. Read this book, and decide for yourself!"
Jonathan Merritt
Author of A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars

If this isn't a conversation starter for Christians, then nothing else will be.
Marvin Olasky
Editor in Chief, World

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Russell Media; Apparent First Edition edition (October 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982930089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982930083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a progressive Matthew 25 Christian. I voted for President Obama, empathize with OWS, strongly support universal health care, and workers rights. I see these views in keeping with Christ. When I make political and ethical decisions, I first ask myself, "What would Christ do?" I've always wondered how Christians on the right are able to justify their views, while also professing a belief in Christ. This book provides a window to right wing thinking, and I believe the reverse is true. Thank you to Lisa and David, for providing this window, and for the opportunity to read views that may contradict our own perceptions and observations. There is, however, one issue I'm seeking clarification about. If, as David Innes writes, God sees the role of government as an instrument to reward good and punish evil, who gets to decide what is good and evil? Aren't disease and sickness evil? Or are they neither good, nor evil? Certainly someone in the throes of cancer, or the last stages of AIDS, will confirm that what they are experiencing is evil. Physical pain, and a horrible death is evil. Lack of access to early, and respectful, medical treatment, is certainly evil. Lacking insurance, and resources, shouldn't mean that a human being loses health, life, limb, mobility. I don't believe Christ supports that. I know that those on the right consider life to begin at conception, and that abortion is evil, however what about that life after conception?. Isn't it evil to deny life, health, and medical care to a born life, as well as an unborn? These are some of the issues this book ponders and explores. I recommend it highly, to anyone seeking deeper answers to these questions, and willing to engage in civil discourse to gain greater understanding.
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Thought-provoking, informative and positive. I just read Left, Right and Christ by Lisa Harper and D.C. Innes. I was surprised by how really good it is! The preface of this book states "The beauty of Left, Right and Christ is that unlike televised debates where both sides can interrupt and break up thought processes, in a book, the authors have an allotted space to really make their case...We need a safe conversation space for these topics and this book is that space." I agree. I enjoyed reading the book and I now have a much better understanding of political positions and their Biblical basis. I liked both authors and appreciated what they had to say. Glad I bought it and I'm eager to read it again.
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Lisa Harper (extreme left) and D.C. Innes (extreme right) discuss healthcare, abortion, immigration, same sex marriage and the environment. Some of their ideas will make you livid while other ideas will help you make up your mind about these hot-button issues. To be frank it is a stimulating conversation that I'm glad I read even though it affected me deeply on an emotional level.

D.C. Innes seemed a bit too insensitive to the poor and Lisa Harper's ideas on private ownership of land was a bit shocking. 32 percent into the Kindle book and I was a bit horrified. And it got worse before it got better.

I felt Innes was far too optimistic about how charity could provide enough money for healthcare for the poor. My father's battles with cancer and heart disease cost someone over a million dollars. He didn't end up paying for all of it because of his income level. I can't imagine that a kind neighbor or a charity could have paid for all his bills.

Innes also presented the horrifying aspects of abortion which I think might have been a good thing to do.

The book ends abruptly at 89 percent. Then there is a list of recommended books and a list of Bible verses. So the book was not quite as long as I expected it to be.

The most interesting part of the book was the section on how using the Internet will produce twenty percent of the world's greenhouse gases in the next decade. If you are worried about global warming that is something to think about.

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What makes Innes and Harper's project successful is that, rather than forcing a reader to sift through potentially dozens of books on both sides of the political aisle and from a myriad of theological views, they focus right down to practical issues in today's policy debates and hit them on the head. Most spoken or written debates like this are "two ships passing at night" where the interloculors pass each other with their arguments and never really conflict. Not so with Innes and Harper; their arguments smack into each other head-on--often with fireworks!--and fulfill object of letting reader see what the Bible and reason have to say on political topics of the day. Will the book change minds? Probably not. But it gives a look into how two influential groups within Christendom think and interact. This book should stimulate discussion and critical thinking amoung evangelicals, non-evangelicals, and non-Christians alike. Anyone interested in Christian policy debates in America must read this book.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Marvin Olasky and Jim Wallis

Part 1: Introductions
Our Separate Journeys
Our Common Ground

Part 2: Foundations
Liberty and Justice: On the Role of Government
Capitalism and Poverty: On the Role of Business

Part 3: Conversations
My Brother's Keeper: On Health Care
In The Beginning: On Abortion
The Two Shall Be One: On Same-Sex Marriage
The Stranger Within Your Gates: On Immigration
The Way Of Peace: On War and Terrorism
Dominions Over the Earth: On the Environment

Endnotes
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
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