According to syndicated columnist Thomas and minister Dobson, the Religious Right has done more harm than good. Once on the frontlines of the culture wars as adjutants in Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, the authors now call for ""unilateral disarmament"" by the Religious Right. If conservative religious leaders are to be effective, the authors say, they must use radically different strategies than they have until now. Thomas and Dobson contend that if the Religious Right's goal is to reclaim America for Christ, it must ask itself if both God and the government are the sources of hope. They claim that the government does not have the power to force virtue on people who do not want to be virtuous. The Religious Right, they note, has become ineffective because it has been acting like a political party or special interest group competing for a share of political power. Rather, say Thomas and Dobson, the movement should be modeling the message of Jesus as they seek cultural change. Although the authors emphasize their continuing commitment to the Religious Right, they note that ""we are calling for a longer-lasting endeavor than the one too many of us have devoted too much time to for too long."" The book offers a glimpse into the workings of the Religious Right as well as strong comments on the relationship between religion and politics in America. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999 Release date: 03/01/1999 Genre: Religion
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