The complete guide to debunking right-wing misinterpretations of the Bible-from economics and immigration to gender and sexuality.
Jesus loves borders, guns, unborn babies, and economic prosperity and hates homosexuality, taxes, welfare, and universal healthcare-or so say many Republican politicians, pundits, and preachers. Through outrageous misreadings of the New Testament gospels that started almost a century ago, conservative influencers have conjured a version of Jesus who speaks to their fears, desires, and resentments.
In Republican Jesus, Tony Keddie explains not only where this right-wing Christ came from and what he stands for but also why this version of Jesus is a fraud. By restoring Republicans' cherry-picked gospel texts to their original literary and historical contexts, Keddie dismantles the biblical basis for Republican positions on hot-button issues like Big Government, taxation, abortion, immigration, and climate change. At the same time, he introduces readers to an ancient Jesus whose life experiences and ethics were totally unlike those of modern Americans, conservatives and liberals alike.
California Uni Pr Trade
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23 October 2020
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments A Note to Readers Introduction PART ONE. WHO IS REPUBLICAN JESUS? 1. A Portrait of Republican Jesus PART TWO. WHERE DOES REPUBLICAN JESUS COME FROM? 2. Early Modern Heralds 3. A Corporate Assault on the New Deal 4. Tea and Prosperity in the Age of Trump PART THREE. WHAT DOES REPUBLICAN JESUS STAND FOR? IS HE RIGHT OR WRONG? 5. Family Values 6. Charity 7. Church and State 8. Protection from Invaders 9. The End of the World Afterword Notes Suggestions for Further Reading Index
Tony Keddie is Assistant Professor of Early Christian History and Literature at the University of British Columbia and author of Class and Power in Roman Palestine and Revelations of Ideology.
Reviews for Republican Jesus: How the Right Has Rewritten the Gospels
Witty, insightful . . . . A thorough, convincing study that's perfect for anyone flummoxed by misuses of the teachings of Jesus. * Publishers Weekly *