The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power Is Destroying the Church

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Zondervan, May 18, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
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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Greg argues that Christianity should “look like Jesus “—according to the Bible anyway. Much that passes for Christian activity is merely civil religion thinly cloaking some other ideology, usually nationalism. He argues a good case. Read full review

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A book developed out of the author's sermons explaining his posture during the Bush administration. Its material is no less relevant. The author does well at exploring the nature of the powers of ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE KINGDOM OF THE SWORD
THE KINGDOM OF THE CROSS
KEEPING THE KINGDOM HOLY
FROM RESIDENT ALIENS TO CONQUERING WARLORDS
CONFRONTING THE TOUGH
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
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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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