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.