Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar

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A master of satire with a theological black belt, Becky Garrison shines a bright light on hypocrisy from both sides of the political spectrum, exposing how both red and blue Christians hold hostage the teachings of Jesus in service to their own partisan gain.  What’s lacking is a true understanding of Christ’s mandate to love all of humanity—including our enemies—which, if honored, would open the door to honest dialogue and understanding that transcends political labels. ...
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Overview

A master of satire with a theological black belt, Becky Garrison shines a bright light on hypocrisy from both sides of the political spectrum, exposing how both red and blue Christians hold hostage the teachings of Jesus in service to their own partisan gain.  What’s lacking is a true understanding of Christ’s mandate to love all of humanity—including our enemies—which, if honored, would open the door to honest dialogue and understanding that transcends political labels.
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No Christian faction, not liberals, mainliners, evangelicals or fundamentalists, escapes the smarty-pants treatment from this senior contributing editor of the religious satire publication, The Wittenburg Door. Garrison assumes a gentle "above it all" attitude, redirecting the church's attention to the Beatitudes and to Jesus' "great commandment" (to love God first and love others as ourselves). She also argues for renewed separation of church and state, noting Jesus' tendency to serve "as a prophetic voice to proclaim the Word of God without being a pawn of the Roman government." Garrison is especially tough on those who publicly claim to have God on their side. "Given that my last name ain't Falwell, Robertson, or LaHaye, I can't claim to speak for Christ," she states. But don't for a moment think Garrison blames all of life's problems on the religious right. She's blessed with the ability to observe, cringe at and poke fun at anyone who insists on a "correct Christian response" to complex social and political matters. If you like the Door's approach to the lighter side of Christian culture, or if you just need a good laugh after reading too many serious religion books, it doesn't get much better than this. (Apr. 28) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118104118
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Becky Garrison serves as senior contributing editor for The Wittenburg Door, the country's oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Robert Darden).

Preface.

Introduction.

1. The Greatest Commandment of All.

2. Guns, God, ’n’ Ground Zero.

3. Christian Hospitality, RNC Style.

4. How Would Jesus Vote?

5. Bless ’n’ Bag Bambi.

6. Too Queer for Words.

7. Jews 'n' Gentiles.

8. Do Public Schools Have a Prayer?

9. Get a Life.

10. Bagging the Beatitudes and Worshiping the Almighty Dollar.

11. Where Is the Love?

12. Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.

Epilogue: Where Do We Go from Here?

Appendix A Unholy Scripture.

Appendix B Selected Dates in Christian History.

Appendix C For Further Reflection.

References.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Serious Yet Satirical

    In this plethora of religious-politics books that have crossed my desk this election season, Becky Garrison stands as a singular voice taking the church to task for playing partisan politics instead of serving as a prophetic voice. As she skewers sacred cows on both the Religious Right and the progressive left, she continues to ask What Would Jesus Do? The book ends on a hopeful note as she shines a bright light on those all too few places where she could be accepted as a Christian without having to display her voting card.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2006

    Topical, insightful and very, very funny

    Like all memorable satire, Ms. Garrison's book has something to offend everyone and something to make us all take another look at what we thought we believed. In a series of essays that invoke the spirit of Monty Python and George Carlin, she tackles those two subjects your mother told you not to bring up at dinner parties--religion and politics--with fearlessness, insight and, above all, great love and good humor. The fact that this book has stirred up such controversy shows that she has hit more than one nerve in doing so. But those nerves needed to be hit! Read this book. Laugh at it, argue with it, call your friends to debate it. One thing I can promise you, though: you won't be bored by it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    It was ok. .......Tell me something I didnt Know.

    It was ok. If I had not read Jim Wallis God and Politics and Jimmy Carters Endangered Values. I would probably say this book is great, But there was not anything in the book I had not heard before. It's ok.... Your not telling me anything I already dont know. Thanks for Trying....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    Disturbingly insightful

    As a conservative christian, I dreaded reading the book when it was given to me by my liberal christian friend. While we're probably on different sides of the fence, Ms. Garrison's coverage was surprisingly balanced. I certainly agree with her basic premise that Christianity has become far to embroiled in politics and lost sight of what it truly means to be Christian. It is a powerful work and I hope that it can motivate both sides of the fence to come together and focus on the true teachings of Jesus and stop this political nonsense. We are all children of God and it's time we start acting like them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Not Just for Churchgoers

    Like her work for The Wittenburg Door, Becky Garrison's book is insightful and provocative, told by someone who truly cares about what is happening in institutions she holds dear. What's important, and not necessarily indicated by other reviews here, is that it is also relevant to non-Christians (I'm Jewish) who might think the subject matter doesn't pertain directly to them. In fact, at a time when the Religious Right is dominating the party that holds sway in all three branches of the government and our president claims to be ordained by God, 'Red and Blue God' may be even more important for those of us in the minority to know just what's going on. Becky tells it all, in a way that will leave you laughing, no matter how angry you might be at the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    A Great Smooth Read

    My husband asked me what I was chuckling at the other night and told him I was reading Ms. Garrisons' book. I was enjoying her observations on the church and the people that drape themselves in a religious coat. This is big considering my sense of humor does not run in this vain.

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