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Oned violence in Scripture and the message and life of peace of Jesus centering the New Testament Over two volumes author Gregory A Boyd argues that ESSENTIAL THEOLOGICAL READINGAs someone who has followed Boyd for years I think he has outdone himself with this last outing Yes it is extremely long owing in part to the comprehensive nature of the case Boyd is making along with his inclusion of pre emptive responses to possible critiues But considering the length and the academic nature of the writing I found it much easier to read than many other works of this scope Boyd's pastoral heart pulses through every page and insofar as he dearly wants people to grasp what he is doing he was able to make this relatively accessible piece of serious theological reflectionThis all being said the reader should know that this is both serious theology and philosophy Boyd is conversant with the various strands of philosophical thought that bear on his perspective and his overall argument is that much stronger for it The work is also extensively footnoted and researched which I appreciate but could prove to make it difficult for some readersAs to the persuasiveness of Boyd's argument time will tell how much this impacts the work of the church But regardless of precisely how many people are convinced the scope and coherence of his argument as well as the humble but confident tone of his writing should demand serious response from the evangelical theological community Personally I find much of it compelling the principles that form the bedrock of his hermenuetic Divine Accommodation Redemptive Withdrawal Cosmic Conflict Semi Autonomous Power are careful nuanced and deeply respectful of scripture One certainly doesn't need to agree with everything in this pages to appreciate the profundity of his argument but anyone wishing to be in the loop with what is happening in evangelical theology today absolutely owes it to themselves to engage with Boyd's work

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The Crucifixion of the Warrior GodThe Crucifixion of the Warrior God in an epic constructive investigation takes up the set of dramatic tensions between depictions of divinely sancti Recently a few people in the United States government said that the Bible teaches you should obey the laws of the land It is not uncommon for Christians and others to point to a Bible verse here or there to justify some act The problem is the Bible says a whole lot of things As Philip Jenkins showed in his book Laying Down the Sword Christians have used violent texts in the Bible to justify violence It is a simple part of American history that Christian pastors used the Bible to argue for the continuation of slavery See Mark Noll The Civil War as a Theological Crisis The uestion at the root of any of these debates immigration violence is how do we interpret the Bible? Greg Boyd's book which we should call his magnum opus is one long argument to interpret the entire Bible through the lens of Jesus At first this does not seem too controversial When it comes to spiritual uestions Christians agree that Jesus is the final word The Old Testament may speak of animal sacrifice or the necessity of circumcision or dietary laws but we essentially discount that and look to faith alone in Jesus Jesus in terms of salvation is the final and clearest revelation of God Where Boyd goes with this is perhaps what is controversial as he argues this ought to be our principle for interpreting all of scriptureGrowing up as I think back on it I learned that Jesus was the final word on salvation But it seems once you are saved Jesus is sort of reduced In terms of Christian living in a secular world Jesus offers teaching on that but his teaching is right alongside of other texts So should Christians use violence to defend themselves or their country? How should we treat immigrants? Well let's see what God said in Leviticus or PsalmsThe problem Boyd argues is that this makes Jesus just one of many pictures of God If we are going to be Trinitarian though and even if we are going to follow what the Bible itself teaches about Jesus we must recognize that Jesus is the clearest picture of God Jesus is our image of God against which we compare every other picture of God Boyd brilliantly applies this principle to the violence in the Old Testament Often when Christian apologists discuss these violent acts they basically explain it away One example of this is Paul Copan in his book Is God a Moral Monster Books like that one basically say that while God is violent in the Old Testament the other gods in that culture were worse God used violence but not as much Boyd shows the absurdity of this Is killing children every right? I found Boyd's argument freeing because rather than having to uncomfortably say yes if God says so Boyd shows how you can say no and God never commanded it Besides if you say yes then conceivably in certain situations you could assume killing in God's name is legitimate Boyd argues that we compare the Old Testament to Jesus we see that what is actually happening is that God is allowing people to harm him by saying God does things that are awful If God allowed humans to literally kill him when he became human in Jesus then why would it be unheard of for God to allow humans to think wrong things about him? But in Jesus we see who God truly is God goes to the fullest extent allowing humans to harm him in myriad ways to be in relationship with usBoyd adds to this a number of arguments God's judgment is not active judgment but simply withdrawing protection and allowing evil to rebound on itself God allows free will even to spiritual creatures and sometimes this free will is used violently So whether it is ancient Babylon or the sea these forces are held back by God until God stops holding them back and allowing them to destroy as they want toOf course Boyd is open to the uestion of whether God allowing something is much better than just doing it He addresses this and basically argues for free will The other option is that God determines everything which if you are a Calvinist I suppose makes sense Really either side has problems Either God determines it all thus God puts the idea in the emperor's head to destroy his enemies or sends the flood to drown people Or God who could stop it allows it to happen I would and I suppose Boyd would agree appeal to some degree of mystery here We can never know precisely how God works Honestly I wish Boyd had emphasized this point a bit But I'd rather go with God allowing and not being sure why then with the ultimate power in the universe destroying people Plus if we truly see God most clearly in Jesus then God in sorrow allowing people to destroy and harm makes senseIf you are familiar with Boyd a lot of his big ideas make it in here Some such as Christus Victor theory of atonement and emphasis on spiritual powers of angels and demons are helpful The angels and demons stuff was especially challenging to my own modern worldview His critiue of Auinas and push for Open Theism seemed ill thought out and poorly argued This is where I wish he had emphasized mystery some I don't think you need reject Classical Theism in total to buy into the rest of Boyd's thesisOverall this is a brilliant book It is not hard to read despite its length It certainly has contributed to my own thinking As someone who has long leaned towards nonviolence anyway but was never entirely sure what to do with the Old Testament I am comfortable with putting it up against Jesus The challenge here is how to explain this to people A student of mine said his uestion and even the uestion his atheist friends would ask is that this sounds like you are discounting the Bible or you don't really believe the Bible I'd say that illustrates how deep the flat reading of the Bible with Jesus as just essentially a prophet has filtered into our culture At the same time I think this method of interpretation is already where most Christians are with many things again we don't sacrifice animals and if we truly reckon with Jesus as God in flesh Trinity then we rest on our final authority as God and not the Bible The Bible is not the word of God primarily instead it points away from itself to JesusIn other words when I hear people worry about being Biblical I am now prone to uip May we be Christlike not Biblical