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"
How he challenges thoughts on abortion and homosexuality.
Actually he was a little boring to listen to but the material he read was great.
Going to make a majority of people upset
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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
"Give to your friends"
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.
"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 .
"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."
"Poor Book, Poor Narrator, Poor Listener"
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.
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