God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 12, 1997 - Religion - 414 pages
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In this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy. By Boyd's estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine's response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious "good" purposes of God. Accordingly, modern Christians are inclined not to expect evil and so are baffled but resigned when it occurs. New Testament writers, on the other hand, were inclined to expect evil and fight against it. Modern Christians attempt to intellectually understand evil, whereas New Testament writers grappled with overcoming evil. Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that Satan has been in an age-long (but not eternal) battle against God, and that this conflict "is a major dimension of the ultimate canvas against which everything within the biblical narrative, from creation to the eschaton, is to be painted and therefore understood." No less edifying than it is provocative, God at War will reward the careful attention of scholars, pastors, students and educated laypersons alike.
  

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User Review  - Nicholas Ahern - Goodreads

Powerful and enjoyable, if a bit too broad. His dismissal of universalism is a bit unfortunate but as regards the rest of his material, this book is among Boyd's top works. Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse Nelms - Goodreads

Amazing book - first chapter is obviously controversial - but beating that the information about the world view and paradigm of Jesus and his audience opened my eyes to a much deeper understanding of His teachings and the "warfare" motif inherent in the synoptic Gospels. Read full review

Contents

The Normativity ofEvil Within a Warfare Worldview
9
The Warfare Worldview of the Old Testament
29
of the Earth
73
Cosmic Warfare and the Preservation
93
Yahwehs Conflict with Angelic Beings
114
The Activity and Origin of Satan
143
The Warfare Worldview of the New Testament
169
The Warfare Theme of JesusExorcisms
192
Kingdom Conflict in
215
The Warfare Significance of Christs Death
238
The Christian Life as Spiritual Warfare
269
Notes
294
Selected Bibliography
396
AuthorSubject Index
403
Scripture Index
409
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Gregory A. Boyd, Ph.D., is professor of theology at Bethel College and preaching pastor at Woodland Hills Church, both in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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