by Carl R. Trueman
P & R Publishing 2010
Paperback, 128 pp.
The name “Carl Trueman” didn’t mean a whole lot to me until recently. For some time, the name popped up often in blog-post links folks would email me. Sometimes something at the “Reformation 21” blog would catch my eye and turn out to be Trueman’s work.
Then a few months ago he began to really get my attention—in his response to the Elephant Room 2 confusion as well as subsequent insightful evaluations of the state of evangelicalism in general.
I had seen the book Republocrat: Confessions of Liberal Conservative some time before all that—without connecting its author to the blog work. Then one day it clicked. No, the Carl Trueman wrote Republocrat?
I had to read it. How could such a brilliant guy be so confused?
So why a serialized review of the book? Two reasons: (1) I’m more likely to finish the book this way; (2) it’s easier to write this way—and with school back in session, time’s tight. So, what follows is mostly pre-review notes standing in for the review.
The book consists of Foreword, Acknowledgments, Introduction and six chapters:
Left Behind, 1
The Slipperiness of Secularization, 21
Not-So-Fantastic Mr. Fox, 41
Living Life to the Max, 61
Rulers of the Queen’s Navee [sic], 79
Concluding Unpolitical Postscript, 101
The book is short.
Confession: sometimes I skip forewords. Advice: don’t skip this one. In the foreword, Peter Lillback (President, Westminster Theological Seminary) explains how awkward and precarious it was for him, as a “conservative’s conservative” to write the foreword for a book by a “liberal.” (Trueman, a political liberal? Really? We’ll see.) He also explains why he is still so glad to have done so. read more