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

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Zondervan, 2005 - Religion - 207 pages
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The Path through Politics Is Not the Road to God When the kingdom of God is manifested, it will wear the face of Jesus Christ. And that, says author Gregory Boyd, has never been true of any earthly government or power. Through close examination of Scripture and lessons drawn from history, Dr. Boyd argues that evangelical Christians who align themselves too closely with political causes or declare that they want to bring America 'back to God' are actually doing harm---both to the body of Christ and society in general. Boyd shows how Jesus taught us to seek a 'power-under' kingdom, where greatness is measured by sacrifice and service. There are no sides or enemies because we are meant to embrace and accept everyone. In The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Boyd challenges readers to return to the true love of Calvary and the message of the cross---setting the 'power-over' politics of worldly government aside.
 

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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
9
THS KINGDOM OF THE SWORD17
17
THE KINGDOM OFTHE CROSS
29
KEEPING THE KINGDOM HOLY
51
FROM RESIDENT ALIENS
67
TAKING AMERICA BACK FOR GOD
87
THE MYTH OF A CHRISTIAN NATION
107
WHEN CHIEF SINNERS BECOME MORAL GUARDIANS
127
ONE NATION under GOD?
147
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
187
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Gregory A. Boyd is the founder and senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., and founder and president of Christus Victor Ministries. He was a professor of theology at Bethel College in Minnesota for sixteen years. Greg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA), Yale Divinity School (M.Div), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). He is a national and international speaker at churches, colleges, conferences, and retreats, and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. He has also authored and coauthored eighteen books prior to Present Perfect, including The Myth of a Christian Religion, The Myth of a Christian Nation, and his international bestseller Letters from a Skeptic. Learn more at www.gregboyd.org SPANISH BIO: Gregory A. Boyd es pastor y fundador de la iglesia Woodland Hills en St. Paul, MN y ademas fundador y presidente del ministerio 'Christus Victor'. Greg tiene una licenciatura de la Universidad de Minnesota, una maestria en Divinidad de la escuela Yale Divinity y un doctorado del Seminario Teologico de Princeton. Ademas, sirvio como profesor de teologia en la Facultad Bethel de Minnesota por dieciseis anos. el es invitado con frecuencia a dictar conferencias en iglesias, retiros y universidades nacionales e internacionales y aprecio en numerosos programas de television y radio. Greg es autor y coautor de varios libros, entre ellos, Dios de lo posible y su exito de ventas, Cartas de un esceptico. Visite www.gregboyd.org para mas informacion.

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