Saturday, September 06, 2008

"American Savior"

(Check out the description of the new novel below that speaks to our times. I can't wait to get a copy. The publisher calls it a novel of "Divine Politics". But don't be put off; it isn't one of those far right novels meant to scare the pants off of you. It blends high comedy with serious reflection on the state of our politics. Come to think about it, that's about right, because our politics does in reality blend high and low comedy with very serious drama about the future of our nation.)

In a country divided by partisan politics, into a world torn by hatred and war, at a time when it seems that everyone and no one has a solution to the problems that plague humankind, there suddenly appears someone who can rise above the madness, someone with knowledge and power, someone with a finely tuned sense of the ridiculous—someone, in short, who can make it right.

And thus we finally have an answer to the long-simmering question, "What would Jesus do?"

Roland Merullo's novel American Savior posits an inspired "what if" scenario: What if Jesus, alarmed at how the earth's most powerful nation has lost its spiritual footing and dismayed at how His own teachings have been distorted—used by politicians and religious zealots to turn love into hatred and faith into call to arms—returns and announces that he is running for President of the United States? What if He becomes a third-party candidate, is heralded as the Son of God, and not only threatens to disrupt the status quo but poses a serious threat to the already established Democratic and Republican candidates? What would happen? How would the media react? And, more important, how would we react?


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