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The Myth of a Christian Nation

Gregory A Boyd
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Gregory A Boyd
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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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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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Gregory A Boyd

Gregory A. Boyd (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, he was a professor of theology at Bethel College, also in St. Paul. His books include Cynic, Sage or Son of God?, Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies, Letters from a Skeptic, God of the Possible, Repenting of Religion, Seeing is Believing, Escaping the Matrix, Is God to Blame?, and God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil.

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  • Catalogue Code 345107
  • Product Code 9780310565918
  • ISBN 031056591X
  • EAN 9780310565918
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Power/politics
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date May 2009
  • Sales Rank #44258
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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