[amazon 1596381833 thumbnail] 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.