Left, Right or Upward

The Troubling Theology of Politics


This was the conclusion of Oxford’s influential economic historian, R. M. Hartwell, in his study of the rise of techno-industrial culture and the growth of the modern State. Understanding this startling conclusion helps explain why we now face one of the most polarized political cultures in recent history. It also sheds light on the dilemmas increasingly faced by believers living in a country so often referred to as “the Christian nation.” The difficult questions include:

  • What did Jesus mean when He commissioned the church to be salt and light to the world?
  • Do believers today have any real choice but to simply vote for “the lesser of two evils”?
  • What does it really mean to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s”?
  • Since the New Testament seems to specifically endorse political government as being “ordained by God,” should believers seek to hold governmental offices?
  • How should we define the parameters of the kingdom of God, a kingdom which Jesus said is “not of this world”?
A study of the historical and theological roots of politics, this book seeks to answer these and many other vital questions as to the proper relationship of Christians to the State. Not only does it expose the spiritual nature of the modern State, Left, Right or Upward? also unveils a unique vision, replete with real-life examples, of the church as the only alternative capable of bringing true liberation and unity to a fragmented world.


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Blair Adams is a minister, author, artist, father and grandfather from central Texas. In 1973, Blair founded the Christian community now known as Homestead Heritage, a flourishing intentional agrarian community that has now spawned several more expressions across the U.S. and around the world. Drawing from his personal experience and decades of research, Blair has authored scores of books mostly directed towards the restoration of an authentic Christian culture. His works span a breadth of related topics, including education, history, religion, and family and community life. (Read more about Blair Adams)