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

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A master of satire with a theological black belt, Becky Garrison shines a bright light on hypocrisy from both sides of the political spectrum, exposing how both red and blue Christians hold hostage the teachings of Jesus in service to their own partisan gain.  What’s lacking is a true understanding of Christ’s mandate to love all of humanity—including our enemies—which, if honored, would open the door to honest dialogue and understanding that transcends political labels.

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"If you like The Door's approach to the lighter side of Christian culture, or if you just need a good laugh after reading too many serious religion books, it doesn't get much better than this."
Publishers Weekly

"Becky Garrison is speaking out, and I hope others gain courage by reading her punchy, provocative, intelligent, and energetic new book. And yes, she jabs with both her elbows, so both left and right can get some needed bruising. Highly recommended."
—Brian D. McLaren, pastor (crcc.org), author (anewkindofchristian.com)

"An unforgettable tour through the antics of popular American Christian culture, investigating every clue that might lead to a flickering trace of the whereabouts of Jesus Christ and his teachings."
—Chris Harper, chief editor, LandoverBaptist.org

"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 overripe 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

"The only time Jesus got really angry was when religious people were behaving badly. Becky Garrison restrains herself from overturning the pews of fat megachurches, but she's a true follower of the troublemaking Jesus. In this provocative and thoughtful book, she asks the tough questions that Christians and churches of all traditions need to face today."
—Simon Jenkins, editor, ShipofFools.com

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In her singular, smart-alecky tone, religious satirist Becky Garrison takes aim at the battles between the warring political factions in America's churches and illuminates both the plank in the Religious Right's eye as well as the speck that blinds the Progressive Left.¿In Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church, Garrison leaves no sacred cow untipped.

A master of satire with a theological black belt, Becky Garrison shines a bright light on hypocrisy from both sides of the political spectrum, exposing how both red and blue Christians hold hostage the teachings of Jesus in service to their own partisan gain. What's lacking is a true understanding of Christ's mandate to love all of humanity—including our enemies—which, if honored, would open the door to honest dialogue and understanding that transcends political labels.

But all is not lost. Just as she does in her role as senior contributing editor for religious satire magazine The Wittenburg Door, Garrison looks for hope blossoming amidst the minefields of satirical possibility. Throughout the book, she notes those instances when rather than creating ideological havens for like-minded political souls to gather, the church chooses to receive the other based on the Greatest Commandment of all: love one's neighbor as oneself.

Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church brings a fresh perspective (and some much-needed humor) to the political controversies raging in our reddest and bluest denominations.

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