Jesus Is Not a Republican: The Religious Right's War on America
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Jesus Is Not a Republican: The Religious Right's War on America

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The historical Jesus, by most accounts, was in favor of social justice, peace and compassion. Right wing radicals, including the social conservatives allied with the Republican Party, exploit the name of Jesus to support policies that lead to injustice, war and cruelty. Jesus Is Not a Republican includes several dozen essays and articles, including several original essays,...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published October 5th 2005)
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Emily Ann Meyer
Jan 15, 2008 Emily Ann Meyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily Ann by: Jon Stewart
Wow! In essence this book was enlightening and thought-provoking. I've long adhered to the argument that the religious right's co-opting of their own brand of Christianity was fundamentally "unchristian," but this horrified me even beyond what I'd thought possible.

A lot of the essays printed here are available for free online, but with the glut of information available on the web, I likely would've missed the vast majority of them. Further, the essays were packaged and supplemented with a timel...more
How do Republicans balance their political beliefs with their Christian religion? According to this book, they can't. Excellent arguments and essays. Well thought-out discussions, examples and impeccable logic. I live in a very "Republican" county in Ohio so just reading this book was dangerous LOL!

Note: donated this book to my local library after reading.
While I agree with the premise and much of the sentiment this books reflects, I felt the overall experience of this book was rather unremarkable. The diversity of authors and their various essays on a variety of topics was interesting in a touch-and-go manner....but I feel that the editing and placement of these essays was a little sloppy. While I feel that the editor made his point arguing from a secular humanist perspective, there was very little Biblical support for his overall argument (an a...more
Jessica Ireland
Feb 26, 2007 Jessica Ireland rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in politics and sociology.
This book is a compilation of essays, by different people (writers and journalists mostly). It talks about what Jesus really stood for and preached about, and how the religious right doesn't practice any of it! I love this subject, but even if it isn't your norm, the format and way it is written make it very easy and interesting. One of my favorite books.
Essays by writers who are all over the spectrum when it comes to liberal, conservative, etc. All take the basic tenats of Jesus' teaching and compare them to what is being practiced by the so-called religious right. Very instructive.
Justin Powell
Lots of entertaining essays and articles. Finishing the collection leaves me with only two thoughts. Thank goodness that Jerry Falwell is dead and thank goodness the Bush Jr. years are over!
Mar 09, 2009 Sharon marked it as to-read
..with a provocative title like this, I figure I'll give it a read and see what I think.
Rather interesting. Provided stepping stones for additional reading.
Cindy Handelsman
interesting but takes a long time to read
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