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Posted February 19, 2003
Liberal,Processist Philosophic: Errant Bible???
5 stars for Chp.2,3,8-10,12,18,23,26-29. Especially strong in dealing with the Gospel and Christ's death/resurrection. That's enough to reach sincere seekers. But 4 stars deducted because of the other chapters which are troublesome to say the least. That's because they stem from Boyd's first book 'Trinity & Process' with its distinctively liberal,non-evangelical Process-like Philosophy applied to Jesus & the Bible. These neo-liberal presuppositions (interpretive filters) permeate the author's worldview and cast many doubts about crucial matters like Inerrant Bible, Nature & Attributes of Triune God, literal eternal conscious torment in hell, God's exhaustive definite foreknowledge of ALL free futures, how evil plays itself out in a Good God's fallen world (which God cursed in judgment). Boyd gets these critical,essential Christian doctrines almost 100% wrong,heterodox,flawed Some direct quotes that set the Holy Ghost alarm bells off, which doesn't happen with similar books by Josh McDowell, Greg Laurie, Chuck Smith, Billy Graham, Hank Hanegraaff: "When I first became a Christian..I had gotten myself involved in some sort of..cult..(later) my Christianity became more mature and less 'cultic' and narrow- minded." (Reply) "I often wondered how you could continue to believe this Christianity business inspite of the rather liberal institutions (B.A.Philosophy-U.Minn;M.Div.- Yale;Ph.D-Princeton)you've attended." "until we make them,(our decisions)don't exist.Thus in my view at least,there simply isn't anything to know until we make it there to know (Trinity&Process philosophy). So God can't foreknow..decisions of people until..they create their decisions. This isn't the traditional Christian position (which) I think is philosophically untenable (Reply) "It seems like your view of God is much more 'human' than what I've always thought God was supposed to be..I wonder if your view is just your own creation." "As far as I'm concerned, the attempt of scholars to arrive at the exact words of Jesus..is as futile as it is needless. I regard the effort of fundamentalists (evangelicals) to get everything in the Gospels to 'harmonize' perfectly (as being) in exactly the same (category)..Almost all the alleged 'contradictions' in the Gospels are the result of people misusing them, treating them like 20th century works under a 'snapshot-tape recording' criteria of truth...the 'contradictions' disappear, not because they are explained away, but because they instantly become totally irrelevant." So, Gregory Boyd, your Bible has errors and contradictions. But in your mind that's o.k. They're irrelevant. A mistaken Bible is good enough, it seems? Just these few excerpts should alert the cautious evangelical seeking a witnessing tool that this is not the one to use. Stick with Josh,Hank,Chuck,Billy,and the error-free Bible itself (what a concept!) Like stale cookies laced with questionable substances, so is this book with enough nutrition in the Gospel chapters (26-29) to feed the starving, but too much foreign objectionable matter like egg shells & bacteria mixed with novel Process-like Philosophical ingredients to be passed over for genuine, Evangelical, Kosher 'soul-food'
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