The right story told at the right time can make all the difference. Knowing this, great storytellers take as much care in selecting the right story as they do in crafting its telling.  David Swartz, author and historian at Asbury University, has done just that in his newly released book, Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism.

This is a story many of us didn’t know we wanted and needed to read, a story many didn’t know existed. It’s a story “chronicling the rise, decline, and legacy of the evangelical left.”

But it’s so much more than that. It’s the story of what it looks like to merge progressive politics with deep personal piety; the story of “holistic concern for both evangelism and social action;” the story of a full 1/3 of evangelicals who do not find their voice in the religious right; the story of an awakening to social concern and the presence of social evil; it’s the story of evangelical politics which very much could have taken a profoundly progressive shape; it’s the story of a deeply diverse evangelicalism unwilling to fit neatly into caricatures; and its the story of what it might look like to love both God and neighbor with equal abandon.

This is a good story.

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