Jesus Rode A Donkey: Why Republicans Don't Have the Corner on Christ [NOOK Book]

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If Jesus were alive today, would he:
  • Feed the poor-or cut free school lunch programs?
  • Comfort the old and infirm-or eliminate Social Security?
  • Turn the other cheek-or invade Iraq?

In this groundbreaking book, noted author and theologian Linda Seger, Th.D., explores what it means to be a Christian and a Democrat-and shows how the two are not mutually exclusive (as many ...

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Jesus Rode A Donkey: Why Republicans Don't Have the Corner on Christ

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Overview

If Jesus were alive today, would he:
  • Feed the poor-or cut free school lunch programs?
  • Comfort the old and infirm-or eliminate Social Security?
  • Turn the other cheek-or invade Iraq?

In this groundbreaking book, noted author and theologian Linda Seger, Th.D., explores what it means to be a Christian and a Democrat-and shows how the two are not mutually exclusive (as many Republicans claim), but rather inclusive. She reveals the close relationship between Democratic policy and Jesus's teachings-and the many ways in which the values Jesus espouses in the Bible correspond to the values Democrats call their own.

The idea that America's real Christians are all Republicans is just that-an idea, and an indefensible, divisive one at that. Jesus Rode a Donkey is a call to Christians everywhere to remember that Jesus was a liberal, who rode a donkey through the streets of Jerusalem-not an elephant.

Author Biography:
Linda Seger, Th.D. (Cascade, CO) is uniquely qualified to write this book-a theologian, author, and teacher with degrees in English (B.A.), an M.A. from Pacific School of Religion (a non-denominational seminary that prepares ministers for the United Church of Christ and the Methodist churches), a Th.D. from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), and an M.A. from Immaculate Heart College Center in Los Angeles. She's a Christian and a Democrat.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Despite the provocative title, Linda Seger, a theologian and commentator who has appeared on CNN, NPR and The O'Reilly Factor, disappointingly fails to deliver the "accounting of how Christian values are expressed through the Democratic Party" that she calls for in her introduction. Rather than juxtaposing Democratic Party platform ideas against her analysis of biblical references and Jesus' stand on topics ranging from abortion to the environment, health care, homosexuality and war, she instead defies her own battle cry to "stop the rhetoric." Much of the book is taken up with criticism of the current Republican administration, as well as conservative Christians and their actions, policies and hypocrisy. James Dobson and Focus on the Family figure more prominently in her debate than one might expect in a national overview of Christian Democrats. Sadly, Seger squanders the opportunity to provide Christian Democrats with a plan to showcase their religious values, much less bring new members to their party. The included study guide may serve for both personal and group reflection, and in the end, prove more useful than the uneven book that precedes it. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is a book that dares to ask, "How would Jesus vote?" Seger, a scholar of theology and a script consultant (Advanced Screenwriting) answers the question by calling a section of her first chapter "The Liberal Values of Jesus" and urging readers to "vote the Golden Rule." Her portrayal of Jesus as one who challeged authority and cared for society's outcasts is certainly not unique. She presents her argument that Democrats are "more Christian" than Republicans in a simple, straightforward manner, touching on all the hot-button social issues, from abortion to gay marriage and evolution vs. intelligent design, and alluding to the Iraq war. She quotes scripture and other theologians and cites examples from recent history to bolster her case. Her approach can come close to Bush-bashing, although her stated purpose is to promote mutual respect and minimize the passing of judgment. A study guide is linked to each chapter, and an appendix assesses "Christian values." Seger's book is best suited for high school and public libraries and optional for academic collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440517846
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 6/8/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 521 KB

Meet the Author

Linda Seger

Linda Seger is the author of Making a Good Script Great. She is married and lives in Venice, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    Recommended but not quite outstanding

    I thought this book was very insightful, full of both theological and political arguments against the Republican Party. I am a Democratic, liberal Christian, so there were many things I felt I could relate with the author. I have been outspoken against the Republican Party ever since Bush wrongfully ascended to the presidency in 2001. However, I never really took into consideration the hypocrisy of our ¿Christian president¿ and his government before I actually read this book. It opened my eyes to just how immoral, greedy, and money-hungry our own government really is when it comes to disregarding Christianity¿ the faith in which they claim to belong. It is a book I would recommend to anyone to read, whether they are a Republican or Democrat, or not even a Christian. However, as eye-opening as the book is, there are parts of the book that are excruciatingly boring, such as her chapter on the environment, which attacks Republican viewpoints but brings up very little to do with Christianity. She doesn¿t really bring up very many Democratic standpoints either. It¿s largely Republican-bashing with very little insight into what the Democratic Party would do (with the exception of Al Gore). Also, if you¿re a grammar perfectionist, you will find many glaring mistakes in this book (i.e. way too many inappropriate commas, capitalizations, and sentence structures). Despite that, I think the book was great and very informative¿ the perfect gift for your Republican Christian buddies for this Election Day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    Non Christian Applauds True Christian Values

    I found Dr. Seger¿s book to be very enlightening. Not being Christian, I was appalled and insulted by the Christian Right¿s stated goal to turn our democracy into their theocracy. History has been riddled with various churches¿ deadly attacks on personal freedoms and civil liberties, all in the name of Christ. JESUS RODE A DONKEY exposed me to a truly spiritual Christian agenda that, by understanding the compassion of the Old and New Testaments, leads to tolerance, care of the needy, environmental responsibility and respect for the religious beliefs of others. As I was reading, I kept thinking: ¿these are my values.¿ Now I¿m much more aware of, and grateful for, the valuable contributions that compassionate Christians make to the political process and our world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    A Very Important Book

    I had the privilege of interviewing Dr Seger on my secular radio show recently and spent the entire hour thoroughly engrossed in our conversations regarding the works and words of Jesus Christ. When so many people extol God (and claim to be Christians) as the reason for their actions, far too many simply gloss over His statements of love and peace. Dr Seger caused me to think back about that momentous time over 2000 years ago when Pontius Pilot asked the people to choose who they wanted to set free, Jesus the man of peace, or Barabas who was an advocate of war. I wonder how many in Washington and all of America would have Jesus crucified again with their answers. A true Christian would know the answer. The hour slipped by so quickly that I think we could have talked about her book for several more hours. A very important book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Democratic Morality

    Dr. Seger's book is an excellent read. It gives clear, concise reasons why Democrats deserve more than a second thought in light of morals and Christian values. She addresses many of the conflicts the Republican party presents when being represented as a better moral choice in American politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    Inclusive & thoughtful, inspiring & practical

    Dr. Linda Seger¿s book ¿Jesus Rode a Donkey¿ is measured, connective, well-researched, and intelligently provocative on the questions of the divisiveness of religion and politics in contemporary America. Influenced by her own Quaker background, where consensus based on all available information is the core of decision-making, Seger offers Biblical information and theological insights about many of the issues that some religious separatists claim have only one limited interpretation -- theirs. Always urging inclusiveness, and applying the tenets of Jesus¿ ministry in her call to healing the rifts between us, Dr. Seger nonetheless points out the places where fundamentalist and ultra-conservative positions are simply not what Jesus taught. Brain science now shows us how confirmation bias works, that process of only finding and accepting evidence that confirms what we already believe. Hopefully the fair yet challenging ideas in ¿Jesus Rode a Donkey¿ can nudge all of us towards a more open-minded understanding of each other, and a more comprehensive application of the unifying and enlightening principles of Christianity.

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