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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 ...
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.
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.
Posted October 24, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 13, 2006
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 worldWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 14, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.