Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative


"Sound-bite" and "knee-jerk" have replaced reasoned debate and the church appears to wear a one-size-fits-all political jacket. Isn't it time to think a bit deeper? Carl Trueman takes you on a readable, provocative, and lively romp through Christianity and politics.

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"Sound-bite" and "knee-jerk" have replaced reasoned debate and the church appears to wear a one-size-fits-all political jacket. Isn't it time to think a bit deeper? Carl Trueman takes you on a readable, provocative, and lively romp through Christianity and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596381834
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,516,557
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Peter A. Lillback ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

1 Left Behind 1

2 The Slipperiness of Secularization 21

3 Not-So-Fantastic Mr. Fox 41

4 Living Life to the Max 61

5 Rulers of the Queen's Navee 79

6 Concluding Unpolitical Postscript 101

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    a useful tool for critical engagement and discipleship

    Republocrat is a call to Biblical discernment as much as it is a discipleship tool for American Christians, who are interested in political engagement from a primarily conservative point of view. This short (a little over a hundred pages) work is an attempt to get theologically conservative Christians to think critically about their allegiance to conservative politics. It is written wittily and pointedly, and if often should strike close to home to many people who accept the tenets of contemporary conservative politics as being one and the same with conservative Christianity.

    Trueman, a professor and dean at Westminster Seminary near Philadelphia, brings a mirror to contemporary Christians, through his perspective as a British native, and his experience of the real lack of close interaction between evangelicals and the Conservative Party in Britain.

    Probably his most rattling points to many will be his attempts to point out the fallacies of embracing much of the conservative media, such as the opinion shows on the Fox network, while at the same time embracing a conservative Christian life and discipleship. I do think his strongest chapter is regarding a critical engagement with capitalism, and a be all and end all of how we are to live.

    Much of his argument, that often modern evangelicals who make fine distinctions between different theological points are willing to embrace Manichean thought (all is good vs. evil) without any regards to the irony or the discrepancies involved. As a result, many develop an unnatural cynicism, not based on the nature of man, but based on their false hope of the connection between certain types of politics and good and peaceful living.

    So what appears to be at first, a gentle rebuke of some of the populist and very popular manifestations of many Christians embrace of contemporary American conservatism, is actually a call to live a consistent, thoughtful, more Biblical life. I expect the best audience for this book will be upset at some of Trueman's points, particularly with his criticism of much that they hold dear.

    Modern America, with its two parties and mass media, regardless of ideology, uses techniques that suppress serious thought and for the Christian, serious critiques about how a kingdom outside this world interacts with the kingdom's of man. So for many, I think this little book could be a helpful corrective to be more thoughtful, and more gospel driven citizens of heaven, seeking the good of the city they presently live in.

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