Item description for When Did Jesus Become Republican?: Rescuing Our Country and Our Values from the Right-- Strategies for a Post-Bush America by Mark Ellingsen...
Overview When Did Jesus Become Republican" critically examines how modern American politics relate to Jesus vision of love and peace, questioning how right-wing Republican policies fit with the Christian values they espouse. Ellingsen shows how Democrats can embrace true Christian essentials in a way that authentically appeals not only to liberals, but to mainstream and conservative Christians. (Social Issues)
Publishers Description Despite the results of the 2006 elections, the coalition between Conservative politics and American Christians remains a dominant force in setting the American socio-cultural and political agenda. Ellingsen argues that until this coalition is diminished we will remain a politically conservative nation to the detriment of the poor, the marginalized, the middle class, and nations around the world, as well as to the detriment of the spiritual life in America's churches Unlike previous books lamenting this Neo-Conservative-Christian coalition, Ellingsen offers the first account of the root (Puritan) causes for this coalition and provides readers with concrete strategies that we can adopt to challenge the tragic pact between so many committed Christians and political leaders that value business and global domination above all else.
Citations And Professional Reviews When Did Jesus Become Republican?: Rescuing Our Country and Our Values from the Right-- Strategies for a Post-Bush America by Mark Ellingsen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 10/15/2007 page 72
Publishers Weekly - 08/13/2007 page 63
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Studio: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.22" Width: 6.28" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.96 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN 0742552241 ISBN13 9780742552241
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More About Mark Ellingsen
Mark Ellingsen is the author of many books, including When Did Jesus Become Republican?, Evangelical Movement: Growth, Impact, Controversy, Dialog, and Reclaiming our Roots and Sin Bravely. He is Professor of Church History at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mark Ellingsen currently resides in the state of Georgia. Mark Ellingsen was born in 1949.
Mark Ellingsen has published or released items in the following series...
Reclaiming Our Roots; An Inclusive Introduction to Church Histor
Reviews - What do customers think about When Did Jesus Become Republican?: Rescuing Our Country and Our Values from the Right-- Strategies for a Post-Bush America?
Puritan vs Neo-orthodoxy Jan 17, 2008
I had expected this book to be a political discussion of the influence that the religious right has on the Republican party and the claims that they make that if you are not a Conservative you are not a true Christian. Instead it is a scholary discussion of the trends in American religious history and the problems that the author says happen because of the Puritan strain in our religious culture.
There are several things that will exercise your patence with this book. One is his lack of explaination of his ideas. I suspect he expects his audience to be students of theology rather than the average lay person or non-Christian. He discusses how some Christians are caught up in taking the Bible literally and yet criticizes those who don't believe the Bible is the word of God. I was confused. As an ex-Fundamentalist, I took an all or nothing approach to the Bible. He would prefer that people read the Bible as reflecting its times and not as a science or history book. Therefore he asks for an intelligent thoughtful reading of the Bible.
Another thing is, you assume he is a social liberal since the Democratic Party on the whole is very socially liberal. He is actually very conservative believing in Original Sin and not supporting feminism. I suspect that some of this stems from his criticism of the tendancy of the modern mainstrean churches to believe in cultural relativism and individuality. But it comes off as very conservative. His usage of the term "shacking up" for living with someone with out benefit of wedlock was pretty irritating.
He presents the problem and does present a solution. I don't think it is a workable solution because he wants churches and Americans to change from their very individualistic ways to a more community minded culture. Also he wants to return to a more conservative reading of the Bible while not be a Bibical literalist and that takes a much deeper reading of the Bible and knowledge of modern Bible scholarship than the average person will take time to have.
Dissapointingly Narrow Minded Nov 16, 2007
The author makes a fair point by saying that the GOP cannot claim to be the only place for Christians - but then he turns around and does exactly the same thng by claiming that the Democrats have the only truth worth hearing, and that true Christians must be on the left. Altogether a narrow, judgmental, self-rightesous and extremely - indeed, unbelievably - shallow book. Bigotry comes in all forms, and I do not want to hear that ANY political party has a monopoly on faith.
Unbiased account of past Nov 7, 2007
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (10/07)
"When Did Jesus Become Republican?" chronicles the trends of different religions as their constituents tend to move more toward the right politically. Ellingsen provides reasons for this shift as well as offers ways for the Democratic Party to reverse the trend and regain prominence among religious and political groups. Historically, it is the Democratic Party that favors the poor, while the Republicans favor big business. Ellingsen argues that "by presenting a conservative Jesus and a Gospel that supports the Republican agenda, Bush, his cohorts, and their post-Reagan predecessors have been able to convince the large segments of the American middle class to vote against their own economic interests."
Many of the groups who have changed from Democrats to Republicans have done so because of Americanization. When they entered the country as immigrants, they initially supported the Democrats because of the financial aid they provided to the poor and minorities. As new generations of these immigrant groups appeared, they had better educational opportunities and therefore were less dependent on federal assistance. Instead, they focused on business and the economy which they more closely associated with the Republicans.
However, there are still some segments of the population who have resisted the trend towards voting Republican, including African-Americans, Hispanics, and some Asian-American communities. This is thought to be because the groups have "not fully Americanized, not adopted or been allowed to integrate fully into American ways of life, achieved at least a middle-class lifestyle, and/or do not practice a religion that fits with the Puritan Paradigm.: Ellingsen offers ways for the Democratic Party to retain the support of these groups as well as ways to introduce religion back into its platform to appeal to a broader segment of the population.
"When Did Jesus Become Republican?" provides an extensive review of how the followers of several religions have changed their thinking when it comes to politics. Mark Ellingsen presents the facts fairly without trying to persuade the reader as to which party he or she should support. He gives an unbiased account of the past and offers strategies that the parties can adopt if they wish to counteract or retain the recent voting trends
I am glad that I got this book from the library. Oct 15, 2007
The interesting title drew me to take out this book from the library. I am glad that I did. To have wasted my money would have been a shame. At the end I do not believe that I could answer the title question better than at the outset. I did not want or expect a work with simplistic anti-Right sound bites, but what I got was just as unsatisfying. The book is hard to follow; some sentences being more than six lines long. The over-use of parentheses, even in the dedication, is distracting and annoying. I found most of the arguments hard to follow, so much so that I began to wonder if the problem was mine. To check this, I asked my partner, a writer, to read a paragraph. Her response was that she felt that it was the epitomy of convolution. Jesus is rarely referred to directly and his teachings are barely discussed. Perhaps I missed something while my eyes were glazed over? I had told an Atheist friend that I was reading the book; he sounded interested. Now I shall have to disabuse him. On the whole, a great disappointment. Don't let the title deceive you!