"What we really have here is a a lonely thinker who longs for the truth of a better city that he cannot find on either side of the Atlantic. He lampoons the cherished political idols that dominate our political landscape... I couldn’t suppress chortles of laughter, along side shocks of disdain and disagreement, all the while admiring Trueman’s unmasking of the well camouflaged foolishness on all sides of the political spectrum. This historian-turned-pundit, with all the force of a prizefighter’s left jab and right hook, leaves the left, right and center (or centre) reeling on the ropes. So in the spirit of that eschatological hope, I heartily recommend that you read this book. But you do so at your own peril. Its intensity as well as its pointed, provocative and persuasive prose will force you to look at the Vanity Fair of politics from a pilgrim’s perspective. It’s just possible that you too will begin to yearn for a better city."
"To every starry-eyed conservative Christian, in the thrall of Republicans, capitalists, Fox News, and a gospel of mere self-interest, Carl Trueman has, with this book, broken the ammonia capsule under their noses. Here is a gauntlet that will land heavily on the toes of any who dare to take it up and read. Republocrat slices open the pretensions of conservative American Christianity, but not to eviscerate. 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. This is a pastoral book from one who is serious about the Church and earnest on behalf of the business of our King."
“As Carl Trueman points out in his witty, provocative, and deeply well-informed way, the alliance of conservative Christianity with conservative (neo-liberal) politics is a circumstance of our own context in U.S. politics, neither historically nor logically necessary. Tie the faith too closely to right-wing politics and it’s no wonder that younger Christians think they have to check out of orthodoxy when they move left-of-center politically. Regardless of one’s own views, this book will delight, frustrate, and encourage healthy discussions that we have needed to have for a long time.”
“The disturbing alliance of conservative theology and right-wing politics is faced head-on in this timely and brave treatment by renowned historical-theologian and social commentator, Carl Trueman. Even where readers may disagree with Dr. Trueman’s conclusions, the sharpness of his critique should disturb the most entrenched political consciousness, particularly if the foundations of conviction are shown to have little or no biblical support. Writing in a predictably provocative and forthright manner, Trueman pulls few, if any, punches. Republocrat is timely and robust assessment of a vitally important issue and a cri de coeur for a reappraisal of the conservative church’s current political alliance.”
"In American politics today, the real divide is not between Democrats and Republicans. Rather, it is arguably between "corporatists" of both parties, on the one hand, and "anti-corporatists," on the other. Carl Trueman presents himself as a "liberal Conservative," who sets out to transcend the prevailing tired categories of mainstream political analysis. He makes a powerful case that Evangelical Christianity has no business allying itself with conservative Republican politics or indeed with any other political ideology, Right or Left. As a "conservative Liberal" with strong anti-war and anti-corporatist tendenciesand so as one who does not always share Trueman's viewsI am happy to endorse his thought-provoking book for all those in the Evangelical churches who are searching for new vistas in their political outlook."
"Carl Trueman is a truly unique individual. Only he could embark on such a courageous crusade to bring together the best of both the political left and the religious right in the name of Christian statesmanship. Trueman parries and thrusts against those to the left and the right of him. Like the fourth horseman of the apocalypse he knocks over the sacred crockery of the Tea Party and pours down scorn and plagues on tree-hugging, femonazi, sissy liberals. If you’re a pro-gun, pro-homeschooling, anti-Obama Conservative who believes that it is America’s duty to nuke Iran, this book will disturb you. If you’re a cross-dressing, earth-worshipping, gay, atheist professor at Yale, who thinks that killing unborn babies is moral, this book will infuriate you. Trueman's attempt to indigenize British communitarianism within libertarian America in the name of Christian political responsibility is sheer genius. This is political ecumenism at its very best. If Trueman was running for governor on the Republocrat ticket, I'd vote for him. I'm Michael Bird. And I endorse this message!"
"Our public lives are lived between Augustine's Two Cities, at the intersection of this age and the age to come. As a result, our political choices are very often between relative goods and lesser evils. Republocrat is the honest and heart-felt 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."
Nothing like an outsider's eye to bring into focus the difficulty of relating conservative politics with conservative Christianity. Relating political parties and their agendas with biblical teaching has rarely been more difficult than today. In this highly readable analysis of evangelicals' tendency to relate Christian faith with conservative politics, Trueman, a brit playing a modern day De Tocqeville, warns against absolutizing any political/economic worldview. His best advice, be eclectic when listening to and reading political pundits and be thoughtfully and actively engaged in the democratic process.