The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church  -     By: Gregory A. Boyd
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The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

Zondervan / 2007 / Paperback

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Should church and state really be separated? Does the church belong in the political arena? Arguing from Scripture and history, The Myth of a Christian Nation 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. Contending that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left), Dr. Boyd exposes how this harms the church's unique calling to build the kingdom of God. In the course of his argument, he challenges some deeply held convictions of evangelical Christians in America, such as America being "a Christian nation" and that Christians ought to be trying to "take America back for God." Includes a discussion guide for small group use.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310267315
ISBN-13: 9780310267317
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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.”

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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.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent--Should make any committed believer think
    October 17, 2014
    UTGar
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Don'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?
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The premise is agreeable, if not the politics.
    September 23, 2012
    Daniel Markham
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 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.
  3. Nashville, TN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    January 10, 2012
    Consti
    Nashville, TN
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Loved the book, I will in fact look for a discount and buy a few more to give to friends. Thanks!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent-an absolute must read for church leaders
    March 18, 2011
    Steven Hernandez
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Myth 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.
  5. Paris, France
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 22, 2010
    Louise Fauveaux
    Paris, France
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    Gender: female
    I read this book several years ago and was amazed that an American, living in the USA, was able to see things so clearly. I left the USA 35 years ago to share the Gospel here in Europe and had come to the conclusion that too many Americans are Americans first and then Christians. People become Christians, nations do not. When I read the book I knew nothing of the Emerging Churches. Since then I have read a lot and have been distressed by some of their teaching. I hope Mr. Boyd does not adhere to any of their heresies. ON the subject of a Christian nation, though, I feel he has understood Scripture. I too have bought several copies of the book and shared them with others.
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