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  • Myth of a Christian Nation

  • How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church
  • By: Gregory A. Boyd
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Religious
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

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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Good stuff

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

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  • Samuel
  • 24-07-14

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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  • PeacefulSeeker
  • 27-12-13

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-06-18

Sermon and apologetics

This is one very long sermon showing why according to Christian scriptures the current christian right politics is in his oppinion is not correct christianity.

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  • GlobalTrekker
  • 22-05-21

Very revealing on What is a Chtistian

I want to THANK the author for this book. This book has helped me reinforce my conviction on WHAT , HOW, and WHY, I love Jesus and the new “Godly religious message” he brought to our aging Old Testament world. I fully appreciate and I am humbled on the great challenge of carrying the cross and not the sword.
I wish I had learned more about Christlike behavior when I was a young father. Its not about growing strong young men to fit in our sword wielding society, but creating strong Christlike young people. Leaders of families and stewardship towards the Kingdom of God world.

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  • Leslie B
  • 26-01-21

Content great, narrator... Eeew

I can't even listen to this one. The first chapter, the voice of me to sleep. After that, the voice and inflection are intolerable.

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  • GaHillBilly
  • 26-08-20

Obnoxious reader; often vapid content

About the reader: in all my years listening to audio books, I've never before encountered a book reader who conveyed such simpering self-satisfaction.

About the book: While the author makes some valid points, he continuously mingles them with his own unsupported political and theological preferences, seemingly oblivious to the difference.

And while he is occasionally capable of reasoned argument, he doesn't seem to distinguish when he is being reasonable from when he is merely attempting to impose his own unreasoned and unsupported prejudices.

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  • Dan moved to Florida
  • 19-07-20

Very scriptural, but

The author makes many good points and certainly clarifies the mission of the church within society. However, there are a few points I don’t quite agree with and think he could have made some of his points more succinctly.

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  • J. Stump
  • 26-03-20

Great Insight

Doesn't shy away from discussing real topics, but that is not the main goal here. The Kingdom of God is not of this world, and if we are serious about filling Jesus, than we shouldn't act like we are of this world either.

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  • Douglas Morton
  • 31-12-19

Leads to Libertarianism

This is a good and worthwhile book for Christians. Although, a few logical errors might exist, and Boyd does not address crucial questions of how to evaluate laws as just or unjust, a glaring omission which is of interest to us. If one applies his good principles consistently, then Christians would be obligated to adopt at least a libertarian political philosophy (which I consider to be a good thing). However, I believe that Boyd was not knowledgeable enough about political philosophy to realize that such a conclusion results from his own beliefs.

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  • Bigcurt1963
  • 01-04-19

Thoughtful

Thoughtful approach to a christian response to nationalism. Are we citizens of this world? He argues we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.