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Republocrat, Confessions of a Liberal Conservative

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  46 reviews
It is time to think before we vote. No more knee-jerk, soundbite un-thinking but a witty, engaging and challenging discussion about stewardship - as children of the kingdom and of this world.
Paperback, 142 pages
Published September 21st 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published September 1st 2010)
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Andrew Flanagan
This was a great read. I don't agree with all the political views of Carl Trueman nor did I agree with all the arguments he made, but I found his overall philosophy and his urgent warnings to the church to be perfectly on mark. As a British expat, Truman's humor, clear and succinct style, and grasp of both British and American politics, gives him a unique perspective. When I was growing up, Trueman is what I would have called a liberal. As my views and understanding of the relationship between p ...more
Douglas Wilson
A lot of good observations that were largely beside the point, coupled with an occasional exasperating stretch of argument. But he is good with words; he can sure write an entertaining sentence.
Bob Hayton
Sacred cows die hard. And tipping them is not just anyone’s game. When it comes to conservative American evangelicalism, there may be no cherished belief that needs to die more than its explicit allegiance to one political party.

An evangelical attachment to the history of America and to patriotism has colored its views on how the church should interact with the political sphere. And in the past few decades, with the meteoric rise of “the religious right”, the result has been an American version
I wish I could get anyone who pays attention to politics in America to read this book! Written by a conservative evangelical professor of church history and a man raised in the British Reformed Church tradition, Dr Trueman presents a cogent, thought provoking critique of the American political process and how our parties have shifted focus over the years bringing us to this point in history when reasoned discourse seems nearly impossible. He skewers sacred cows on both the left and right sides o ...more
A good book and easy read. Trueman lays out a straightforward critique of how Christianity and certain beliefs/behaviors/politics are tied together, without the Biblical basis for such a bond. I may have rated it lower simply because it merely reconfirms beliefs I already hold, and thus I'm reticent to label it as particularly enlightening or challenging. However, it's a quite short book, perfect for a plane ride, and I would definitely recommend it for that.
Timothy Maples
While the subject of this book, that Christians should be more thoughtful in their political life and not merely a pawn of one party or another, was a good idea, I was disappointed in its execution. The author was trying too hard to be "fair" to both sides, which caused some of his valid criticisms to be weakened. By thus deluting his argument, I think the writer missed a opportunity to teach American Christians a much-needed lesson.
Tom F
I'll probably write more later. But, I'll say this. I enjoyed the book, especially the historical views Trueman explains in the first couple of chapters. The historic Left and what they have become, along with Trueman's analysis as to how, and why is quite interesting, and i think this on its own, though it would make for a very short book would be worth the read. Then you have the wit and sarcasm that Carl Trueman is known for and it makes for an entertaining read, while having your own politic ...more
Republocrat is a call to Biblical discernment as much as it is a discipleship too 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 ...more
In my political discussions and friendly Facebook exchanges, I often observe the compulsion in those conversations to hold the center of a debate. Like a general sensing that a particular hill will advantage the fight, we scurry for political middle ground, hoping perhaps to inhabit that elusive space in our interactions, the center between “the wild extremes” of the Left or Right. Moderation, evenhandedness, thoughtful engagement, etc. all seem so much more cultured than those out on the far li ...more
John Gardner
Originally posted at Honey and Locusts.

If you're looking for a book that will re-affirm what you already believe about politics, this book will be a disappointment. Carl Trueman knows that, and he doesn't care. "I am simply delighted that I will disappoint so many different groups of people in such a comprehensive manner," he writes in the introduction.

And he's right. Nearly every group of people will find some complaint with Trueman's arguments. The Liberal Left hates his stance on hot button i
Books on Christ and culture or Christianity and politics are all the rage these days. While some publishing houses are churning out New Atheist book after New Atheist book, other houses are getting who’s who in Christian circles to write on Christ and culture or politics and religion. Both are hot ticket items these days. Thankfully, the former’s popularity seems to be waning (too boorish), while interest in the latter is rising. But, there’s more to be thankful of. The latest author to enter th ...more
Mark Nenadov
I liked reading this one. Mr. Trueman is a real smart cookie and in this book his thoughts are all over the place (gutsy, endearing, annoying, insightful, off-base). All and all, this is a book that one doesn't regret reading.

Mr. Trueman provides a outsider's (British expatriate) look at the American political scene. I found myself laughing, agreeing, heartily disagreeing at times, smirking, etc. The great thing is that Carl doesn't take himself too seriously, and it lets him come across with a
Gavin Breeden
Carl Trueman-- Englishman, trained historian, and witty wordsmith-- considers the political mess in America with particular attention given to how Christians interact politically. The thesis of the book is a simple one: conservative Christianity does not require conservative political views down the board. Certainly, Trueman would say that the Bible does come to bear on several key political issues, abortion being the most obvious, but there are many issues that the Bible is silent on, such as t ...more
Dagan Toombs
3.75 Stars
I did not like the author's loose usage of the term "Marxist state," which was inexplicably misguided given his rich understanding of Marxist philosophical heritage. The discussion of the role that mass media has played in the cheapening of civil discourse was simple, but effective. However, the best part of this book was the call for everyone to avoid becoming trapped in their favored ideologues because of preconceived political, philosophical, or especially religious convictions.
Nathan White
Witty, insightful, thought-provoking commentary on politics in America and how it intersects with Christianity (and critical thinking). His basis premise is that Christians should strive to be good citizens with a reputation of thoughtful, informed and measured political involvement. It will make you uncomfortable at times, whether you lean to the right or the left politically, but perhaps most specifically to conservative Christians. He really tears into Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and even George ...more
Joe Cassada
Republocrat was a an enjoyable, helpful book. Trueman is witty and sharp-tongued without being profane or vulgar in the least, and he is opinionated without being pushy. He's a lefty, that's for sure, but I found myself agreeing with all of his criticism's of the right.

The book capably shows the hypocrisy of the Left and the Right and encourages the reader to think objectively about issues. I appreciate knowing that there are others who don't feel the need to toe the party line - even if their l
I'm not big on politics, but it is vital to understanding our culture and our country.

I appreciated this book for challenging the stereotypical (as seen on TV) political views of Christians. Trueman is an excellent writer, humorous and well thought. He asks some good questions, some questions I have also asked. His basic thesis is, "conservative Christianity does not require conservative politics or conservative cultural agendas". He walks through some snapshots of how conservative American cul
Luke Evans
1. some excellent stuff - particularly on the Left abandoning its roots, and on Christian America bunk.
2. The section on FOX News and Rupert Murdoch is really, really atrocious - amazing Carl wold stoop to that level.
3. No sustained argument for his leftist views other than "Insurance companies do now what government would do for nationalized health care", which misses a major argument; namely, if EVERYONE is coerced into nationalization.
4. No interaction with legitimate libertarian or
I loved this book, especially the last couple chapters.

Stepping into spheres of political discussion for the masses (radio, TV networks) has always made me angry at something, but unfortunately I'm not smart enough to put my finger on exactly what. Carl Truman explained much of the disconnects I saw all around me, and also clued me in to some other political games going on that I was blind to.

If you want to view political issues correctly, you need to be a thinking person, and this book will he
dave kakish
A must read for any politically minded theologian. You may not agree with his position, but his commentary on the state of entangled theo-politicization of every issue is a helpful reminder to think critically in every regard.

I do, however, disagree firmly with his borderline pragmatist view on abortion reform. Other than that, I very much enjoyed the book.
Mark A Powell
Intelligent political discussion is not only needed, Trueman argues, but is necessary among Christians, who are commanded to think well. Trueman posits that Christianity must not endorse any one political party as completely consistent with its values and principles, nor reduce political dialogue to a single wedge issue. Although he tends to overstate his case at times, Trueman’s basic premise is a helpful reminder that blind partisanship and venomous posturing are not congruent with Christian s ...more
Tyler Cox
Repoblocrat, by Carl Trueman, Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, is a book that will encourage and frustrate the reader. Truemans thesis is simple, the choice between one political party and another is not as black as white that often the case in Christian circles. The book is somewhat of a confession from the mind of a "liberal conservative." FWI, If you really like Bill O' Reilly, I would not recommend this book for you....or maybe I would.
This is a tour-de-force from a Brit with wit and skillful ability to hoist evangelicals on their own petard! As Peter Lillback says in the forward "Read this book... at your own peril." Trueman gives voice to my thoughts regarding FOX news, and the evangelical church's unholy union (unequally yoked) to the Republican party. This is a call for balance and true Christian liberalism of the 18th and 19th centuries a' la' Newton, Wilberforce, Chalmers, and also Arthur Guinness.
Thought provoking, but despite his criticisms of the right and left, still has his own preconceived notions, too, so have to take everything with a grain of salt.
David Griffin
Trueman in my view delivers on his main point: Christians can be presumptive about which party they should vote for, and that we need to think hard about what polcies each party will actually deliver. However this book left me wanting more, if only Trueman would give us a mammoth book on the topic as Wayne Grudem did.
This is a very insightful book that explains why it's imprudent to align orthodox Christian faith too closely with one's own political views, whether "left" or "right". It offers something for everyone - that is to say, it has something to offend nearly everyone! But as Yoda might say, read it you must.
Jen Heininger
This was a decent editorial on the history of the liberal and conservative parties in the UK and US... culminating in where we are today. He certainly doesn't solve all the worlds problems but it's interesting to think about nonetheless. I probably would have given it 3.5 stars if I could have.
Andy Smith
Short and fast, but a good work that will cause you to think. It may not persuade you, but it will make you think that what you thought was true everywhere (Christianity equals republican) is not true even in America. A good work by one of my favorite historians.
Jared Lovell
A dismal failure that is all too typical of Christians writing on political issues these days. I would not at all recommend this book if one desires to become informed or to really think biblically about the issues.
Peter Zeller
A good awakening read for the disenchanted conservative birth-bred republican (among whom I count myself). Trueman, like most, articulates the shortcomings of conservatism well, but offers little by way of a solution.
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Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The C ...more
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