Thursday, September 07, 2006

Greg Boyd Again

Woodland Hills pastor Greg Boyd was back in the news over the weekend. This time the Minneapolis Star-Tribune covered Boyd and his new book The Myth of a Christian Nation. Boyd, as many know is a generator of controversy.

Boyd's book is one more attempt for the political left to reclaim moral authority from the Christian right. On the surface, Boyd's book looks like a fair and even-handed critique. Yet this quote gives insight into the nature of the critique and makes me suspect of Boyd's motives:

"Chuck Darrell, communications director for the Minnesota Family Council, said he sees flaws of logic in Boyd's book... "I am concerned that his book, perhaps unintentionally, demonizes government and the Christian right by associating their efforts with Satan, the slaughter of Native Americans and slavery," Darrell said. "This kind of sensationalism, spread by an obliging media, is exactly the kind of 'power-over kingdom of the sword' the book seems to abhor."

The Star Tribune also has an interview with Randall Balmer, professor of religious history at Columbia University. Balmer has also written a book entitled Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America: An Evangelical's Lament.

The Star Tribune seems all too eager to promote the hip notion that one can be a political liberal and traditional evangelical Christian. When a liberal paper like the StarTrib promotes evangelicals, one should use greater care in reading them than would be customary.

3 comments:

Paulos said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

I just saw a recording of Greg Boyd's interview on Charlie Rose and have looked at reviews of his book.

I don't know his exact theology, but I see some valid points he makes about the Christian right and its goals of taking back America for Christ.

Without taking into consideration his political leanings or even his faith (pretend you don't know him), do you see anything insightful in his book that is worth sharing to your fellow Christians? Thanks.

BTW I'm with you on your comment about worship time turning more into entertainment time. If the modern church did an experiments and dropped the worship band and computerized lyric delivery and went back to a simple piano and transparencies/hymnals for a month, how much belly-aching do you think there would be. Worship is for God, not me.

---A person that is doesn't really want to know about politics, but is learning more each day.

John said...

Anonymous,

I have no intentions of reading Boyd's book for the reasons I mentioned in my post.

Boyd, as the majority of the "Christian Left," seems to prioritize liberal ideology over submitting to the Lordship of Christ in all things.

That is not to say that the Christian Right is not guilty of that themselves. But at least the Christian Right takes cultural issues like abortion and marriage seriously.