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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Red and Blue God

"Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar" -Becky Garrison

Hat Tip to Carlos at Jesus Politics for posting a link to this fascinating book.

A couple quotes from reviewers listed below:

"Somehow, somewhere the true spirit of Christianity has been co-opted by a political and economic movement. Somehow the true meaning of the cross has been sublimated by "straw man" rhetoric over guns, gays, and abortion. What the hell's going on here? Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church is funny, infuriating, angry, dogmatic, insightful, and very, very scary. A fascinating, compelling read."
—Ole Anthony, publisher, The Wittenburg Door, The World's Pretty Much Only Religious Humor and Satire Magazine

"Like Sarah giggling behind the tent flap (Genesis 18:12), Becky Garrison compels us to confront the pomposity and presumptuousness of our over-ripe piety and our egocentric claims to insights vested only in the Divine. Irreverence or prophetic irony? Read it and decide for yourself."
—Bill J. Leonard, dean and professor of church history, Wake Forest University Divinity School


Blogger foxofbama said...

Big Daddy:
Need you to inteface, intersect, join the discussion, engage the debate at my blog entry on local church discussion. I will need you to interview Becky Kennedy out there in Waco a product of the local church in question. Using your experience in Soperton, hope to advance the discussion here in NE alabama.
Fascinating case study on how the takeover is playing at grassroots....sfox

12:46 PM

Blogger foxofbama said...

Big Daddy:
Also since you are thick there in Academia, float the assertion there were no liberals in Baptist academia in the 60's and 70's.
I understand Bill Leonard of Wake Forest to say yes indeed there were, while other moderate Baptist phd's see it never was the case.
What does Hankins think about that one?
Also you and the author of Red and Blue God may want to check on the chat two weeks ago at www.faithinpubliclife.org with Randall Balmer about the very themes of her book.
If you are in contact with her, remind her as well as Ben Cole of the chapter in Joe Ferguson's 80's bio of Jesse Helms, the man Pressler and Richard Land gave an award to in 88, remind them there is a chapter in Joe's book, the Red White and Blue Bible.

5:10 PM

Blogger foxofbama said...

Big Daddy:
Thanks for commenting on my blog today. Hope you can find your way there at least twice a week, and remember to comment in the Collinsville Baptist post as it is more germane to our conversation than the fight with words post.
I have just posted on our mutual hero, Prescott Mstrm Baptist blog. I invited you to go there for the latest on Nancy Ammerman and different takes on it all.
You and Prescott bring it to my blog in the next several weeks if you can, as I need all the help I can get showing the flag, fighting the good fight in Collinsville, in what could be it's final tipping point.
Collinsville, Alabama

12:36 PM


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