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God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics (Speaker's Corner) Paperback – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Speaker's Corner
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555915779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555915773
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perhaps (this series) will discharge American apathy and sharpen the American intellect for a deeper look at controversial issues." -- VOYA, December, 2006

...gets downright biblical with politicians who campaign on vague values platforms. -- Diane Carman, DenverPost.com, November 8, 2005

A thoughtful brief about a religious revival underway in America and the risky implications in political life. -- Open Source, November 4, 2005

The most compelling, cogent contemporary treatise for the separation of church and state in America that we have come across. -- BuzzFlash.com, November 29, 2005

About the Author

Gary Hart represented the state of Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 1975 until 1987. He is currently Wirth Chair Professor at the University of Colorado, distinguished fellow at the New America Foundation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was cochair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Red Moose on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Incredible.

Like most anyone with a TV set or a newspaper, I've seen and heard the barrage of views on religion vs. politics in the news today. I've heard the allegations of right-wing "veto" power being given to the Dobson clan and I've heard the retort. And while assuredly an important topic in America today I hadn't been compelled to study it or form an opionion until I saw Gary Hart on Fox News the other day. I recall Hart running for President and seen him appear from time to time on news shows, but I never knew or assumed that he was a religious man. But after his appearance on Fox News yesterday and hearing his conviction while learning more about his past (product of the Church of Nazarene and Yale Divinity School) I was intrigued to hear a fresh, educated perspective on the subject.

Upon picking up the book at my local bookstore, sorry Amazon I wanted it that day, I was pleasantly surprised if not a little shocked by the small physical size of the work. Unlike Jimmy Carter's book on religion and politics - which was shelved next to it, Hart's "Caesar" is a short, compact essay that for whatever reason was fun to drop into my coat pocket and carry around as if it were a "secret" document of an "underground club." "Caesar" is easily digested in a single sitting and a voracious reader could likely tackle the work in less than an hour.

As I turned the last page last night and sat the book down on my nightstand I felt compelled to write this review - which is one of my first. I'm not a "politico," I'm not a member of the religious right, or left for that matter, I'm average joe american. I've read Freakonomics, I've read Harry Potter, but for whatever reason I was drawn to get a simple, easy to read take on the media frenzy that is religion vs. government.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Cameron on January 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
My wife attended Nazarene college in England for two years. It was quite extraordinary to see the parallels between my wife's experience and perceptions and those of Gary Hart. To understand how the Christian fundamentalist operates either conciously or subconciously you really have to get hold of a copy of this essay. It is short and concise but develops arguments that are fundamental to our understanding of why the US is split so dangerously down the middle.

We all play a part in this scenario and Gary Hart succinctly highlights the inherent dangers when the line that splits Church and State is blurred. I liked this book and would recommend it to anyone of any persuasion.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tomas on November 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I grew up in a somewhat fundamentalist midwestern family about the same time as Sen. Hart. Whereas he seems to have been able to incorporate his religious underpinnings into his life's work, I acted as if I rejected them. Not until reading this book have I understood the roots of my own political and social beliefs, which are very similar to his. This is a powerful and insightful book, despite it's pocket size. Please do yourself a favor and read it soon.
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