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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 [Hardcover]

By Becky Garrison (Author)
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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
ISBN  0787983136  
EAN  9780787983130  

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With her satiric perspective, Becky Garrison tips sacred cows on both sides of the political fence, showing both liberals and conservatives a higher way, based on God's call to love one another.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Becky Garrison serves as senior contributing editor for The Wittenburg Door, the country's oldest, largest, and pretty much only religious satire magazine.

Becky Garrison was born in 1961.

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satire and sarcasm  Jan 17, 2007
When I was in seminary twenty-five years ago we would hoot and holler over the biting satire of The Wittenburg Door magazine. I still remember a piece on "Dogs Who Love the Lord." Becky Garrison is a senior contributing editor for the Door and self-described "non-partisan religious satirist," and in this book she collects some of her material to parody the pious. She reports on her coverage of the Republican National Convention, reflects on the environment, does a drive-by shooting on the gay issue in a way-too-short chapter (three pages), wonders about pro-Israeli ideology and anti-Semitism, touches on volatile issues roiling our public schools, grapples with abortion, and decries our worship of mammon.

Satire carries inherent risk factors. Skewering everyone equally can be hard. Garrison lambasts the left and its "mainline insipid drivel," but most of the fuel for her fire comes from the right. You read more about Robertson, Falwell and LaHaye than you do about Spong or the Jesus Seminar. Sanctimony and sarcasm are close cousins of satire; it is hard not to sound unctuous. At times she lapses into ad hominem swipes that add little to her humor. Do we really need to hear about the bad behavior of Bush's twin girls? Not every reader will warm to her smart-alecky style. Like most satire, you will need to consult other resources for the heavy lifting on the issues that she raises. Finally, satire has its limits in that it is always easier to criticize what you are against than to explain what you are for, to tear down rather than to build up, to generalize and exaggerate rather than to work through the complex details of difficult issues.

These are minor quibbles, though, given the underlying message that Garrison conveys. First, as she notes in her preface, her mission as a Christian satirist is to "mock idolatry." Given the seductive power of the many idols that tempt us, we should not shoot the messenger, however risky her task. Second, I am always challenged by warnings about the cultural captivity of the church. However much believers might disagree about social, political, economic and global issues, surely we should be able to agree that whatever a "Christian" point of view looks like, it ought to look and sound very different than the cant and cliches from either the left or the right. Finally, Garrison sounds a clear note about the command to love those with whom we disagree. She echoes the wisdom of the German Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1984), who protested Hitler's anti-semite measures in person to the fuehrer, and who was eventually arrested, then imprisoned at Sachsenhausen and Dachau (1937-1945). He once admitted, "It took me a long time to learn that God is not the enemy of my enemies. He is not even the enemy of His enemies.
Not that funny  Aug 16, 2006
I'm sorry but I've read books a lot funnier (Christian Culture Survival Guide) and a lot more intelligent (God's Politics) then this one. I was hoping for some edgy satirical writing that The Door is known for. The author seemed to have chickened out on Chapter 6 (Too Queer for Words) as the entire chapter was 4 pages long and made little sense.

If you want to check it out sit down with a cup of coffee at a bookstore and browse it for about 10 minutes and you'll know what I mean.
Faith & Politics  Jul 29, 2006
Fun and enlightening, this book is a must read for anyone who is interested in the cross-section of faith and politics.

Great Book  Jun 22, 2006
I enjoyed this book immensely, and I'll not rehash what other this site reviewers have said about this book. I would just like to add that most pages throughout the book have separate areas where she puts pertinent and thought-provoking quotes from the very profound (Dalai Lama) to the absurd (Ann Coulter). This adds to the reading in a way that I thought was very clever.

My only gripe is that it took me about 3 1/2 hours to read the book, yet it cost me $23.00 + tax at the book store - a bit of a hefty price if you ask me.
Thought provoking and very, very funny!  Jun 14, 2006
Like all memorable satire, Ms. Garrison's book has something to offend everyone and something to make us all take another look at what we thought we believed. In a series of essays that invoke the spirit of Monty Python and George Carlin, she tackles those two subjects your mother told you not to bring up at dinner parties--religion and politics--with fearlessness, insight and, above all, great love and good humor. The fact that this book has stirred up such controversy shows that she has hit more than one nerve in doing so. But those nerves needed to be hit!

Read this book. Laugh at it, argue with it, call your friends to debate it. One thing I can promise you, though: you won't be bored by it!

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