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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory A. Boyd Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Zondervan Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Arguing from Scripture and history, Dr. Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets too close to any political or national ideology, it is disastrous for the church and harmful to society. Dr. Boyd contends that the American Evangelical Church has allowed itself to be co-opted by the political right (and some by the political left), and exposes how this is harming the church's unique calling to build the kingdom of God.

In the course of his argument, Dr. Boyd challenges some of the most deeply held convictions of evangelical Christians in America – for example, that America is, or ever was, a Christian nation or that Christians ought to be trying to take America back for God. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danny | 2/18/2014

    " Great challenge to Christians to be people who don't look to politics for answers the church should be bringing to society regarding social justice. I disagree with Boyd regarding his idea that Christians aren't called to politics, however. I believe Christians are called to everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 2/16/2014

    " I'm not near his theology or political views, but it's an informative book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/12/2014

    " Greg Boyd is spot-on again. Phenomenal and thought-provoking and a strong sense of Truth. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracy | 1/29/2014

    " Admittedly, I was not a big fan of this book. If you're looking for how to handle the mix of politics and religion, then you may want to give this a try. I found the author's writing style to be rather dry and the repetition of certain words and phrases annoying. It made it difficult for me to fully grasp the message he was trying to convey or enjoy the book in general. I do agree with some of his general thoughts, but it was hard for me to find deeper meaning to apply to my own life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pip | 1/27/2014

    " I think every American Christian should read this book. The American church really is becoming obsessed with politics and forgetting our real mandate is not to make a country into a Christian-run nation. The only part that I disagreed with was his last chapter on non-violence. I think that Romans 13 clearly demonstrates that government has the right to operate the sword, and for Christians to participate in this mandate does not violate Christ's command to turn the other cheek. But overall, I would highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 1/25/2014

    " This book is certainly over due. This is a book all Christians in America must read. As Boyd writes Christians in American have become to closely tied to the American government and as a result the church in America has also been tied with the government, which it never should be. America is a nation with Christians, not a Christian nation. Boyd writes about the dangers of the myth Christians live by in believing America is a Christian nation. His argument is sound and his points are well defended. He isn't saying America is a "bad" nation, but that this nation has and never will be a nation "under God." He describes the differences of the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world, and they are extremely different. How the governments of this world rule with the "power over" people, but the kingdom of God rules with the "power under" people. Jesus did not come into this world to be served, but to serve it. Jesus is the example we should be following in everything that we do and think. Boyd also speaks to Christians judging sinners, being moral guardians, and military service. A must read for anyone who believes they are a member of God's kingdom and a citizen of Heaven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Ahern | 1/19/2014

    " Far more about presenting a hermeneutic than social action. Which is not a strike against it at all. Rather, Greg is more interested in presenting the foundation of the Kingdom and working from there. He mostly succeeds. A challenging and provocative read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/12/2014

    " Pokes and prods at our ideas of nationalism, patriotism, and Christianity. This had a major impact on my world view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/2/2014

    " A book that made me think and re-evaluate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/31/2013

    " Succinctly echoes my sentiments of the religious right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/5/2013

    " Thought provoking stuff from this controversial author in the evangelical Christian community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 10/17/2013

    " I wish American Christians would read this, and understand what it's all about. There's a reason why we have a "wall of seraration between church and state." Theocracies always mean trouble! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 2/19/2013

    " Makes you realize just how narrow that path is. Boyd speaks of Nationalism within the Church. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walt Walkowski | 1/30/2013

    " I didn't finish the book, I quit reading it. While I think the author starts with a decent premise, he takes its application a bit too far. I've got too many other books to read to invest any more time in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/30/2012

    " This is an important book for Christians to read, especially during this election year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Felicia | 7/9/2012

    " I heard the author on NPR and was intrigued by what he had to say. Unfortunately the book left me dissapointed. I was unable to finish it. While I appreciated the topic, the book was not at all engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee pocklingtin | 12/16/2011

    " Very insightful! Sure to shake the political foundations of more than a few 'conservative Christians'! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 9/9/2011

    " I wish every right wing Christian would read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raborn | 4/17/2011

    " This book set me on the path toward a belief in non-violence as Christian faithfulness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Skinner | 4/15/2011

    " Excellent and well-reasoned "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/2/2011

    " Possibly the best book on Christian Discipleship/Living I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 8/16/2010

    " I highly recommend this book--it's been one of those life-changing books for me. Using insights from Brother Lawrence, Frank Laubach and J.P. de Caussade, Boyd's book is full of encouragement and helpful exercises for living in the present moment. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji.