In the course of his argument, Dr. Boyd challenges some of the most deeply held convictions of evangelical Christians in America � for example, that America is, or ever was, "a Christian nation" or that Christians ought to be trying to "take America back for God".
©2007 Gregory A. Boyd; (P)2007 Zondervan
My American Church History prof in seminary recommended that I read this after I raised a series of questions after class. I found too many holes in official accounts, including books on his syllabus.
Here my questions were answered. If you're uncomfortable with how Christianity has overlapped with nationalism, this could be helpful.
I think it would have been even more powerful if Dr. Boyd would have narrated his book.
Given Boyd's education and exposure to both theology and philosophy, this book is surprising in that it's written as if Christianity has absolutely no historical or theological history. Boyd's Christianity is a hyper-feminized, abstract, and confusing amalgam of imprecise axioms based on Boyd's view of the Bible. Favorite catch-phrases like "looks like Jesus" and terms like "love" are barely defined but used prolifically to the point of diluting overuse. Boyd apparently eschews any type of conflict in a book where his major premise purports to tell us how to live.
Most egregious is his apparent lack of any awareness of church history, philosophical history, or philosophical or theological categories. His book stands, as it were, alone in the heavens as an untethered--and therefore entirely inapplicable--collection of wishful thoughts. There's no semblance of an anthropology or even an epistemology that could give his arguments a foundation and his readers a basis for understanding his claims. By stringing together quotations from the Bible interwoven with superficial, moral-sounding axioms, Boyd hopes to knit a worldview but falls far short. Christians, apparently, are to be disconnected entirely from this world that God made (the Kingdom of the World) so that they can live a life that "looks like Christ" in the Kingdom of God.
Boyd takes dualism almost to the edge of Gnosticism and leaves no place for man qua man. Boyd's book is self-contradictory in some parts and incoherent in others. At the same time, his thesis, insofar as it's comprehensible, does have merit. No one in their right mind would embrace war and death, hate and injustice, abuse and violence. But eschewing these is human, not exclusively Christian.
To add injury upon insult, the narrator for this audio book can only be described as grating. His tonal timbre is hollow-sounding and his reading cadence is dispassionate and homiletical.
Nothing disappointed me about this book
Sadness because it hit the mark and there are those who still miss the point or won't read or listen to the book because of one sided thinking.
This should be a required read for all Christians, especially those who think that the sword is the
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