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Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left), and exposes how this is harming the church's unique calling to build the kingdom of God.

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

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Challenging and full of truth

Where does Myth of a Christian Nation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

What was one of the most memorable moments of Myth of a Christian Nation?

How he challenges thoughts on abortion and homosexuality.

What does Richard Allen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Actually he was a little boring to listen to but the material he read was great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Going to make a majority of people upset

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This book was full of truth, and really challenging. If you''re looking for a book that is going to cheer on the American faith you already have then this ain't the book. However, if you truly want to challenge your biblical faith this book will do that. Great book, great perspective!

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Recommended by a Prof

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.

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a solid case

Not an easy listen at first but it is good material on how to approach politics as a Christian.

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Fantastically Counter Culture

What Gregory R. Boyd proposes is a Christianity devoid of nationalistic ties. Living mirrored by Christ, not by "my country/church/beliefs is/are more godly than yours."

My only complaint was Richard Allen's narration, though well done and articulate, was a bit dull.

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A Bold and Biblical Stance

This is one of the most relevant and challenging books of our time. The Kingdom of God is an affront and alternative to the nation-states that Satan holds in his hands (Luck 4:5-6). Christians cannot settle for a more Christian version of a worldly nation. we are altogether a different kind of Kingdom.

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Profound

This is an incredible thought provoking work. Anyone who calls themselves "Christian" should check this out.

Even if you ultimately disagree, this will challenge you to consider what you believe and why.

Deep down, I think most Christians when they really are forced to think about it know something isn't right. We misplace our ire on the outside world when the problems are largely because of our internal failures.

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Very good.

I come from a pro GO USA Christian conservative background. My views have changed (hopefully grown) to be more companionate and inclusive.
I would say this book is intended for people who take the written Bible literally. Most paragraphs have multiple Bible verses for support. There are practically no other references. Once you get into the book it is clear why. I think this is good but appeals to a certain reader only. I am not that reader but appreciate it fully because of my personal story. If you are convinced you are a "true believer" (I know that means something different for everyone) READ THIS!!!
It is a very spiritually legitimate work from a Christian perspective.

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A wakeup call for conservative Christian America. A bold prophetic read! This book tackles the issue of why Christian America is so caught up in politico. And how that's not something Jesus ever taught or stood for. Boyd is by no means a pacifist. He puts faith in the way of Jesus front and center. The only way to not absorb this book is to close it before it's too late.

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Not what I expected

Great book that will challenge your beliefs about what it means to be a kingdom of God person versus a kingdom of the world perso .

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Right Application, Wrong Understanding

While I agree whole heartedly with Boyd's application of Kingdom principles, I very much disagree with with much of his fundamental doctrine of the Kingdom of God. His view of the Kingdom feels almost fatalistic and hopeless. As if to say "Well there's really nothing you can do to impact your government, so just grin and bear it."

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  • dallies
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Good stuff

Conservatives need to hear this perspective, they need to have a fresh look at the scriptures and prioritise loyalty there before country.