Patriot’s Bible Smackdown
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.