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Myth Of A Christian Religion [Hardcover]

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Pages   223
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310283833  
EAN  9780310283836  
UPC  025986283834  

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In this sequel to his bestseller, The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Gregory Boyd issues a clear call to manifest God?s beauty and revolt against evil?with Jesus? life as our example. Passionate theology and practical insight combine to create a guidebook for simple, radical, Christlike living.

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The kingdom of God is a beautiful revolution. Marked by the radical life, love, servanthood, and humility of Jesus, it stands in stark contrast to the values and ways of the world.Regrettably, many who profess to follow Christ have bought into the world's methods, seeking to impose a sort of Christianized ethical kingdom through politics and control. In this illuminating sequel to his bestselling book The Myth of a Christian Nation, Dr. Gregory Boyd points us to a better way---a way of seeing and living that is consistent with the gospel of Jesus and his kingdom. Between the extremes of passivity on the one hand and political holy war on the other lies the radical, revolutionary path of imitating Jesus.In twelve areas ranging from racial and social issues to stewardship of the planet, this book will convince and inspire you to live a Christlike life of revolt and beauty---and it will help you attain a practical lifestyle of kingdom impact.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and formerly served as professor of theology at Bethel University. Paul R. Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Boyd and Eddy are coauthors of The Jesus Legend.

Gregory A. Boyd currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Gregory A. Boyd was born in 1957.

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Timley, relevant and straight forward...  Jan 22, 2010
I think this book makes a great partner with Dan Kimball's "they hate church" book [or Shane Claiborne's "Jesus for President"]. The chapters of this book are various revolts against different aspects of secularism and faith; i.e. idolatry, religion, nationalism, violence, oppression, racism.... etc. Reading this book felt a lot like the sermon series [not the book] that Rob Bell did on "Jesus wants to save Christians." The book is very insightful, timely and perfect for both believer and those who are seeking. Awesome book, easily going into my rotation of "have to reads."
Kingdom view  Oct 4, 2009
Boyd does a terrific job describing the focus of the ministry of Jesus that is found in the Bible-the Kingdom of God. The rule and reign of God in the hearts of his followers. His description of the "power over" methods of the Kingdom of the World versus the "power under" methods of the Kingdom of God is fantastic. He gets to the point quickly and hits hard some cherished idolatry in the American Church-materialism, nationalism, secularism, violence, etc. The Kingdom of God isn't common sense; it isn't practical in a worldly sense. Its practice is, in many ways, completely antithetical to the practices of the Western Church. The "action guide" at the back of the book is further help in making the kingdom tangible in the life of those wanting to walk in the love of Jesus. I bought several copies (and will likely buy several more) to distribute to friends, family, and church leaders throughout the region in which I live.
A good entry point; but not substantial enough by itself  Jul 17, 2009
Having lurked on Greg's blog, emailed him periodically, and devoured the scholarly (The Jesus Legend) versus the standard (Lord or Legend) version of his previously work, I was beyond excited when I viewed the bibliography for The Myth of a Christian Religion. Having read it and a number of the books the bibliography references, I have to say that I am incredibly underwhelmed at the book itself. According to Greg, the original manuscript was twice as long and was rejected by the publisher. Cutting 50% of a work is significant, and it's really noticeable.

Fortunately, all is not lost. Some of the ideas here are simple but they are going to be earth-shattering for some segments of society; start them easy, I suppose. The action guide is really where the meat of the matter is; inciting personal transformation in simple, pragmatic ways.

Finally, the bibliography. If you want a deeper view, dig into the bibliography; almost every book is fantastic that Boyd references; I strongly recommend Jacques Ellul's The Subversion Of Christianity for a start.
Another great challenge...  Jul 3, 2009
This is a welcome addition to Greg's continuing challenge to Western Christians. It's got a bit of everything I've come to expect from him--honest and thoughtful reflection on important issues, a uniquely pastoral insight, a love and passion for Jesus, and a stubbornly focused vision to bring 'how Jesus lived' to bear upon 'how Christians (ought to) live'. In this small book Greg makes a case for what a lot of people have thought for some time now: that the Christian religion as an organized institution just doesn't work. It gets in the way of real community, obfuscates the truth we desperately need to see and the Jesus we need to reflect to the world, and way too often falls prey to the temptations to power and secular alignments that end up diluting the potent simplicity of Jesus' way of life and his call to people of faith to 'be' Christ in the world they live in. I said "simple," not "easy." And definitely not "comfortable." Greg paints a picture of the Church as a "revolution" that "revolts" against the systemic sinfulness of human society by actively reflecting the heart of God and the way of Christ. He focuses on twelve such issues. For those who have read 'The Myth of a Christian Nation', there's a bit of repetition especially in the chapters on 'Nationalism' and 'Violence', but it's all good. We can't be reminded too often how the Church is most susceptible to secularizing tendencies. The final chapter is an 'Action Guide' with practical suggestions on what you can do in response, because our call is not to passively disengage from the world but to actively confront the powers of the age with the real, lived presence of Jesus.
A revelation ...  Jul 2, 2009
This book is certainly one of the most enlightening and freeing Christian books I've ever read -- and I've read plenty in my 30 plus years as a Christian. Other reviewers have rightly talked about the message and the impact this book has had on people and their understanding of how the Kingdom of God is really supposed to operate, so I don't need to add anything more on those lines.

I do want to add a very curious reaction I had after reading the first four or five chapters of this book, something very surprising. I've been reading the Bible now for decades and, particularly in the Gospels, I've always run across these sayings or actions of Jesus that just didn't seem to sit well with what I've been taught about the nature of Christianity. For instance, the whole Sermon on the Mount -- is one to read that as absolute instruction "when your enemy strikes you, turn to him the other cheek", or is that just metaphor for some kind of deeper understanding? And really, what's the point of turning the other cheek? How does having bruised cheeks benefit the kingdom? And what about phrases like "the world will know you're my disciples by the love you have for one another"? And what about Jesus washing of the disciples' feet? Frankly, these events and sayings of Christ never seemed to sit well in the jigsaw puzzle that is my Christian understanding. Teachings about the Sermon on the Mount always seemed to be reaching for something that wasn't really there.

But after reading about half the Boyd book, suddenly the jigsaw puzzle rearranged itself and all these confusing sayings and historical activities suddenly fell neatly into place. Turning the other cheek is an extension of the power of the cross. It's all about the cross, self sacrifice, loving your enemy, denying self, humble service, etc. That is the power of the cross and that's the power that will save people. Squabbling about abortion, legalizing morality, judging, condemning, Gay bashing, etc. -- these things have been completely ineffective, if not detrimental, to the advancement of the Kingdom, because they reflect the power of man and the flesh, not the power of the cross. The cross wasn't just for Jesus and his disciples; it's a way of life for all of us if we're serious about our Christianity.

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