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"I heartily recommend that you read this book. But you do so at your own peril."
--Peter A. Lillback, President of the Providence Forum, author of George Washington's Sacred Fire



"Our political choices are very often between relative goods and lesser evils. Republocrat is the honest and heartfelt lament of a talented theologian's struggle with the limited choices before us. Well argued, and well worth arguing with, Trueman's book has the potential to spark lively conversations and much needed debate. Let's hope so." --Michael Cromartie, past Commissioner of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

"Sheer genius. This is political ecumenism at its very best."
--Michael F. Bird, über-blogger at Euangelion, a top 50 Biblioblog



"Carl's purpose, sanely and boldly argued, is to call Christians to a more carefully reasoned and biblically sound pursuit of the kingdom of God." --T. M. Moore, Dean of the Break-Point Centurions Program

"The disturbing alliance of conservative theology and right-wing politics is faced head-on in this timely and brave treatment."
--Derek W. H. Thomas, John E. Richards Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary



"In this highly readable analysis . . .Trueman warns against absolutizing any political/economic worldview." --Andrew W. Hoffecker, Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary

About the Author

Carl Trueman is the Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the Dictionary of Historical Theology, the Dictionary of National Biography, The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology and the Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; First edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596381833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596381834
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Books on Christ and culture or Christianity and politics are all the rage these days. While some publishing houses are churning out New Atheist book after New Atheist book, other houses are getting who's who in Christian circles to write on Christ and culture or politics and religion. Both are hot ticket items these days. Thankfully, the former's popularity seems to be waning (too boorish), while interest in the latter is rising. But, there's more to be thankful of. The latest author to enter this ever-growing market is Carl R. Trueman. As a Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Trueman is qualified to write on this topic; not only that, he brings a fresh and unique perspective to the American debate, writing as a Englishman who has lived in America for the past several years. He describes himself as a British round peg jammed into an American square hole.

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).
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Got this new book by Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary Philadelphia as a throw-in to get my recent purchase from WTS over the magical $40 mark to get shipping for a buck. Really glad I did. Excellent little book that only took me two hours to read. Including the intro and forward it is about 125 pages.

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.
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Sacred cows die hard. And tipping them is not just anyone's game. When it comes to conservative American evangelicalism, there may be no cherished belief that needs to die more than its explicit allegiance to one political party.

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.
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