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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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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 offers a complete guide to the inner workings of American politics, equipping readers to think intelligently and to actively engage politics with their faith. Black is intentionally unbiased and avoids fleeting hot-button issues, ensuring the staying power of Beyond Left and Right, even after the election dust settles. Recommended for Christians and students interested in faith and politics.

Author Biography

Amy E. Black (PhD, MIT) is associate professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College and is president of Christians in Political Science. She is the coauthor of the book Of Little Faith and author of From Inspiration to Legislation. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
The Basics: Beginning the Conversation
Who Speaks for God in Politics? Where We Beginp. 15
When It's No Sin to Compromise: From Black-and-White to the Real Worldp. 29
Is Liberal a Bad Word? Understanding Political Labelsp. 41
Looking Backward: Hints from History
Is the United States a Christian Nation? Separating Truth from Mythp. 55
Are All Christians Republican? Christians and Votingp. 69
How It Works: Highlights from American Politics 101
Good Guys and Bad Guys? Understanding Our Two-Party Systemp. 87
Who Does What? The Branches of Government and Their Powersp. 105
Does the Church Have Any Business in Politics? What the Constitution Really Saysp. 123
Finding Your Own Path: Applying Your Faith to Politics
Applying Faith to Politics: Some Different Christian Approachesp. 139
My Way or the Highway? Toward Constructive Political Dialoguep. 157
Can Christians Honestly Disagree? Tackling Tough Issuesp. 169
Behind the Curtain at the Voting Booth: A Decision-Making Guidep. 187
Beyond the Ballot Box: Other Ways Faith Can Inform Politics (with Jennifer L. Aycock)p. 205
Can We All Get Along? Politics and the Great Commandmentsp. 221
Discussion Questions for Small Groupsp. 227
Notesp. 235
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 245
Contributorsp. 248
Indexp. 249
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