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

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Life Changing Read!

    Boyd challenges the assumption that finding the right political path has anything to do with advancing the kingdom of God!

    Boyd's Thesis:
    . A significant segment of American evangelicalism is guilty of nationalistic and political idolatry
    . We tend to fuse the kingdom of God with a preferred version of the kingdom of the World (whether it's our national interest, a particular form of government, a political program, an issue, or so on).
    . Rather than focusing our understanding of God's kingdom on the person of Jesus (who never allowed himself to get pulled into the political disputes of his day) Boyd says many evangelicals have allowed our understanding of the kingdom of God to be polluted with political ideals, agendas, and issues.

    As a conservative Chritian myself, I was enlightened by by Boyd's perspective on the kingdom of the World vs.the kingdom of God. The world focuses all their efforts on gaining "Power Over" others while Jesus teaches us that His kingdom strives to have "Power Under" others. That is the power to serve, encorage, turn the other cheek, and to lay down our lives. Not a real sexy idea...but one that truly reflects our purpose on this earth.

    Note that Boyd is a realist and acknowledges that we must live and strive in both kingdoms. READ THIS BOOK!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Every Christian needs to read this, especially now that our nation is more visibly divided in two.

    It's not about politics. It is whether you lift up the sword or the cross. Baby, you can't carry both.~~DMH

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    A must read.

    This well written book puts politics in its place (out of the church), and challenges believers to focus on Jesus and the work He has given us to do rather than trying to change this prresent world through politics. We are "in this world but not of this world", as Jesus said His kingdom is not of this world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Someone speaks to and for the rest of us.

    I have long thought that the Religious Right did not speak for all Americans. Pastor Boyd nails it in that too many see America as God's Chosen. We are but one of many. And too many create God in our image, not the other way around. Keep on rocking, Pastor Boyd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Come back to the Kingdom of Christ

    This is an eye opening book that clearly puts forth what the Church should look like in the kingdom of this world. Read and discover what it looks like to have the kingdom of God on Earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    The truth about Christianity

    Finally somebody has the courage to proclaim the truth of what the Kingdom of God looks like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    Every Christian Needs to Read This

    It may be hard to swallow, but Dr. Boyd once again cuts through with hard-hitting truth. Modern-day zealots will once again be dissapointed with the message of Jesus.

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