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Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative Paperback – September 1, 2010
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I have developed a keen interest in Christ and culture/politics issues over the past couple of years. I am still reading in the field and trying to put those aspects I have found persuasive into a more coherent picture---though I know it will remain fuzzy in places, and puzzle pieces will also be missing. I have been positively influenced by several contemporary thinkers (though not agreeing with them on all points, even strongly disagreeing on some), here are some of the influences: Greg Boyd, D.A. Carson, Oliver O' Donovan, John Frame, Os Guinness, Timothy Keller, Darryl Hart, Michael Horton, Ken Meyers, David VanDrunen, and David Wells. With the publication of Republocrat, I am pleased to add Carl Trueman to this list.
Trueman's basic thesis is that being theologically conservative does not entail being unconditionally politically conservative (or liberal).Read more ›
Now I of course disagree with Dr. Trueman on some of his thoughts on free-market capitalism and gun-control and universal healthcare. Though I agree wholeheartedly with the negative side that he notes on this and believe that only through a Christian worldview can it be kept in check. Even more to the point Biblical Law looks a lot more like a "nanny-state" than most conservatives would like to think and or believe.
On another front his description of politics in America is spot-on (to use a British colloquialism). He does a good job I think in describing the many contradictions on the Left and the Right when it comes to ideology. He takes a not-so-veiled shot at Fox News and its commentators that are featured at 5:00pm and 8:00pm. His criticism of Fox comes from two angles. First its founder Rupert Murdoch hardly espouses the policies that the news network's idealogical mouthpieces preach. Secondly is the irony of the "family values" network's use of highly attractive and scantily clad anchor babes (to use a Limbaugh phrase) as well as the need for Fox News to belittle the intelligence of its watchers by reducing every issue to a Manichean "liberal = evil" and "conservative = good". For those of you wondering he does take full aim at MSNBC and Olberman/Maddow as well.
Overall an excellent book and well worth the money and effort.
An evangelical attachment to the history of America and to patriotism has colored its views on how the church should interact with the political sphere. And in the past few decades, with the meteoric rise of "the religious right", the result has been an American version of Christianity which mixes zeal for conservative politics and Christian virtues. Along the way, a popular misconception has arisen on the part of secular and non-evangelical alike: the evangelical gospel is confused with a moralistic concern for "family values".
Carl Trueman, a witty and winsome Brit, tackles this problem in a new book recently released by P & R Publishing. In "Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative", Trueman speaks from an outsider's perspective on the political landscape facing American Christians today. He understands that some of his views will be frowned on from both sides of the American aisle, but he pushes forth in an effort to challenge the tendency toward a one-sided approach and overly simplistic view of politics which he sees as so prevalent in the conservative circles in which he ministers today (as dean of Westminster Theological Seminary).
Written in a witty and personal fashion, with a Brit's sense and control of the English language, the book draws one into the discussion even as it disarms the would-be critic. I found it a quick and engrossing read, even if the argument seemed to overreach on some points.Read more ›
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I was extremely delighted to read a book that would not settle on the Republican or Democratic parties. Instead Trueman decides to upset the whole bunch in this amusing book. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by iamnotjosh
a short fun read. Makes you wish that more political dialogue was like this.Published 19 months ago by Samuel D. Sutter
A welcome critique of a politically polarized American Christianity. One of the best books I've read this year; concise, biting, and fun all the way through.Published on November 15, 2013 by David Dantzler
I thoroughly enjoy Trueman's writing and his perspective. Whether you agree with him or not, this is a fun book to read.Published on September 18, 2013 by Josh
Imagine an evangelical Briton decides to make running commentary on American politics--what would he say? Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Kendrick
I read this book based on recommendations of readers at Amazon.com and several of the reviewers. The book has a good deal of truth to it, in that Trueman refuses to takes sides... Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by K. Feucht
I bought Republocrat almost a year ago, but never got around to reading it until today. It is a short book, easily read in a few hours, but packs a big punch. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Bradley Bevers
Trueman briefly, and engagingly, provides a much needed commentary on a very real danger to the church in our time, the linkage of faith to very specific political positions. Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by H. Laack
This caught my attention after a peek through the table of contents and summary on the back, along with the title seemingly specifically crafted to induce strong assumptions and... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Doctor Gaines