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Crucifying Jesus and Secularizing America: The Republic of Faith Without Wisdom Paperback – April 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1436303605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436303606
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,257,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bishop Jesep is a blogger at experts.patheos.com/expert/paulpeterjesep/. He writes about the world from the perspective of a Christ Centered Sophiologist.

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Copious footnotes and Jesep's extensive knowledge make the book academically stimulating as well as informative.
Gulielmus
What he saves on fire and brimstone is spent on an embrace of Christ's message of unconditional love and invitation to walk humbly with Him in peace.
Atticus
This book skillfully examines how this gets played out in the codifying of religious beliefs in politics and law.
T. J. Boyle

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gulielmus VINE VOICE on May 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Paul Peter Jesep has released a truly spectacular work. Building on his religious and political experiences, this book confronts the timely issue of religion in America. Copious footnotes and Jesep's extensive knowledge make the book academically stimulating as well as informative. The book also presents theological insights which encourage out of the box thinking as well as personal introspection. This work appeals to political scientists, historians, theologians, as well as any individual who is concerned with the direction of religious landscape of America. I highly reccomend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rev. PBON on June 2, 2008
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Bishop Paul Peter Jesep has been able to bring forth his life experiences in the physical realm of politics/public policy and address these areas through the paradigm or lense of spirituality. Bishop Jesep encourages much critical thinking of the reader. A must read for those dedicated to believing that we are "called" to strive for justice, peace, and equality for all of God's people, and that the journey of faith is a quest for meaning, not absolute certainty. I look forward to Bishop Jesep's next sharing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JHD on May 24, 2008
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Another amazing piece of work by Paul Peter Jesep! This book combines politics with theology and provides a much needed re-examination of faith in America. Within the analysis of this book, it makes it clear that political candidates must speak to how they will unite the country and not how they will further divide it because of differing views on faith. This amazing book will appeal to a wide audience; especially people who continue to ask how can we come together as one nation under God with all the hostility projected by those who claim to represent faith. This is a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 7, 2008
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Could supposed God fearing conservatives be the worst offenders in the secularization of America? "Crucifying Jesus and Secularizing America: The Republic of Faith Without Wisdom" is Bishop Paul Peter Jesep's critical look at modern American politics, calling out the "religious right" conservatives of the country, and accusing them of doing more damage than help. A critical analysis of the United States and its status as a nation of faith, "Crucifying Jesus and the Secularizing America" is highly recommended for community library Christian Studies collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Boyle on June 7, 2008
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Paul Peter Jesep confronts the unfortunate consequences when individuals' decide to play judge and juror on other's lives. This book skillfully examines how this gets played out in the codifying of religious beliefs in politics and law. Jesep points out what should be so blatantly obvious to anyone raised as a Christian. If we say we are living our lives according to Jesus' teachings, then it is not our place to judge, crucify, or admonish other human beings. Jesus taught love, kindness, and compassion. When his name is used to manipulate and instill fear in others for personal or political gain, how can they say they are living his message? Jesep draws this distinction beautifully in a well-crafted, researched, and thoughtful piece or writing. At the end of the day when we are crucifying others due to something we believe to be wrong or immoral about them, are we not just crucifying that same piece we see in ourselves?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bullinger on October 16, 2009
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To my knowledge, there is not another book that so effectively inspires provocative thought in regards to Christianity (with a focus on conservative Evangelism) and the role that it plays in the current world in which we live. The sheer depth and breadth of material covered may be a bit overwhelming at times, but considering the many facets of the religion and the results of its' continuing secularization by those with the most political and public sway, it is almost to be expected. Paul Jesep so eloquently and accurately depicts the current religio-political scene that anyone reading this book should feel more than adequately educated about the dangerous religious and political entanglements that appear to be ensnaring the collective mind of America, ostensibly the result of a lack of wisdom amongst religious & political leaders. Ignorance is an ideal foundation for misinformation, and Mr. Jesep is able to show a direct correlation between a willing deception (though it may be of good intention) by certain religious leaders, made possible by the perpetual misuse and abuse of religious and civil authority, and the resulting ignorance that has victimized many lay people, robbing them of a true understanding of Christ's plan for humanity. Peppered with truly insightful quotes from archetypes ranging from Mother Theresa to Dostoevsky, you will be engaged from beginning to end, and if you are able to make it through this book without some serious contemplation, then I might have to accuse you of being a zombie, a thrall, or both. The concept that a lack of wisdom in America and the resulting secularization of religion in such a void is so well conveyed here that I don't know that the matter is something that can be argued effectively from the other side, as the facts appear to be indisputable.
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