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Patriot’s Bible Smackdown

May 13, 2009

Greg Boyd has posted a review smackdown of The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America. Very nice. Here’s a taste:

* The Lord’s statement that Moses “is faithful in all My houses” (Num. 12:7) calls for a boxed quote from Grover Cleveland about how the teachings of Christ “results in the purest patriotism…”

Really? Oddly enough, Christians for the first three centuries of the church were persecuted for being unpatriotic. They wouldn’t pledge allegiance to the emperor or fight to defend the empire. Now Jesus becomes the champion of patriotism. Really? Does this hold true for Russians, North Koreans and Iranians, or just Americans? And how on earth did we leap from a verse about God’s “houses” to the topic of patriotism in the first place? Really?

Update: I should give equal time and note those reviews that take a more positive view of this Bible, like this one on Amazon by K. Owen entitled Liars or just ignorant reviewers?:

Please fellow christians do not believe the liberal nay sayers who are bashing the fiber of this wonderful book.Even those reviewers who claim to be Christians can not be believed or trusted. The devil is hard at work in these people and it is nothing new. People have been disputing the Bible since the day it was written.

Hard to argue with that logic.

  1. May 13, 2009 11:15 am

    From the reviews at Amazon,

    “The reviews of this book that contain a theme this book should be feared are from those that want God to die.”

    That’s right folks, we’ve gotten so far away from anything resembling actual Christianity that now criticizing the notes in an edition means you aren’t a Christian. Stop the Reformation, I want to get off…

  2. May 13, 2009 12:04 pm

    There is some good discussion about this also on Bryan L’s and Nick Norelli’s blog as well. This whole mixing of the kingdom of God with civil religion is scary indeed and what if the next step is a “Republican’s Bible” or a “Democrat’s Bible” 🙂

  3. May 14, 2009 10:28 am

    Wow, this is truly astonishing.

  4. May 15, 2009 3:04 am

    What rough beast… slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  5. Art Bucher permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:37 pm

    I’ve never wanted to burn a Bible before, but….
    No, I still don’t.
    But I do desperately want to be in the creative expression of God’s people that blows open the vision of people who’s faithsight has been blinded by this type of ungodly syncretism of Christianity and Americanism. I smell a new reformation coming once again.

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