The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church
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Publication Date: 2007
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The church was established to serve the world with Christ-like love, not to rule the world. It is called to look like a corporate Jesus, dying on the cross for those who crucified him, not a religious version of Caesar. It is called to manifest the kingdom of the cross in contrast to the kingdom of the sword. Whenever the church has succeeded in gaining what most American evangelicals are now trying to get political power it has been disastrous both for the church and the culture. Whenever the church picks up the sword, it lays down the cross. The present activity of the religious right is destroying the heart and soul of the evangelical church and destroying its unique witness to the world. The church is to have a political voice, but we are to have it the way Jesus had it: by manifesting an alternative to the political, "power over," way of doing life. We are to transform the world by being willing to suffer for others exercising "power under," not by getting our way in society exercising "power over."
Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously a professor of theology at Bethel University, several of his many books include Letters from a Skeptic, Repenting of Religion, Myth of a Christian Nation, God at War, and Satan and the Problem of Evil.
Centurion1 Stars Out Of 5Bad TheologyNovember 12, 2014CenturionQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This may be the worst case of misapplied Scripture I have seen in a long time. Lots of false assertions, incorrect "facts", and broken logic. Other than that it was great.
UTGar5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent--Should make any committed believer thinkOctober 17, 2014UTGarQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Don't let the author's politics get in the way of an excellent message. Boyd doesn't hide where his political leanings lie. He does an effective job--my opinion--of making and supporting his points and perspective. This may challenge how many of us think things "ought to be " ordered and prioritized. Is that necessarily a bad thing?
Daniel Markham5 Stars Out Of 5The premise is agreeable, if not the politics.September 23, 2012Daniel MarkhamQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The premise of this book was totally agreeable to me, even if I do not subscribe to the author's politics. This book gave me what I was looking for, a mandate for keeping politics out of the church and in the secular political realm. The church is fast turning into a political action committee. Patriotism seems to be the neo-orthodoxy. Patriotic ferver and politics have quickly replaced the great commandment and the great commission. I highly recommend this book to those who have not yet been sucked into the political malestrom in the church. This book is an early warning device, if it is not already to late.
ConstiNashville, TNAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Great book!January 10, 2012ConstiNashville, TNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Loved the book, I will in fact look for a discount and buy a few more to give to friends. Thanks!
Steven Hernandez5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent-an absolute must read for church leadersMarch 18, 2011Steven HernandezQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Myth of a Christian Nation is the most important book I've read in a long time. As a fundamentalist Evangelical Christian I am frequently confronted by people in the public, both frustrated Christians and non-Christians, who often comment on how far away the practices and beliefs of many Evangelical Christians have drifted and eroded away from the teachings of our Lord and Savior. American Christianity has become politicized, and often simply co-opted as a veneer to coat over non-Christian civil agendas. The book calls for a return to scripture as taught by Christ and warns against what happens when people allow themselves to believe they are being good Christians, even when they are not seeking to be Christ-like.