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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Systematic argument. Easy read. Well researched.
Excellent , well written and researched. Informative about the history and development of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism. If you have been questioning the doctrine of supporting the state of Israel and Dispensationalism this work will give you the information to prove that it is a man made doctrine and cultic by nature. Well researched and cited. One of the...
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Absolute rubbish......don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Systematic argument. Easy read. Well researched., 25 July 2014
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Excellent , well written and researched. Informative about the history and development of Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism. If you have been questioning the doctrine of supporting the state of Israel and Dispensationalism this work will give you the information to prove that it is a man made doctrine and cultic by nature. Well researched and cited. One of the most clearest and easy to read book's on this subject. I have used it to great success arguing against Christian Zionism. Witnessed many set free from this delusion. A very damaging and dangerous doctrine as Christian Zionism denies the absolute necessity and sufficiency of Christ in salvation and replaces it with two redemption plans. One for Gentiles by faith and one for the Jew by birth or chosenness. Even the natural mind is able to discern that the New Testament clearly teaches that the middle wall of partition has been broken down and that there is neither Jew nor Greek. All are one in Christ Jesus. Unfortunately Christian Zionism [an Anti Christ doctrine]]is very cunning and appeals to those who clammer after signs and wonders,crystal ball gazers and tarot card shufflers counting down to Armageddon watching the BBC News. Those with itching ears and right wing Zionist's. This heresy denies that Jesus is the Christ the only way to salvation. 'No man comes to the Father except through me' [Jesus] Mr Sizer has been God ordained to write this exposee. A must read! Deserves to be in every Professors and students library. 10/10. I would like to recommend also Joseph M Cranfield,'The incredible Scofield and his book'. Very powerful biography of this questionable personality and crass opportunist. Discover how Scofield plagiarized JN Darby and the Plymouth Brethren concerning futuristic prophesy and lied and conned his way into ministry abandoning his wife and two small children while lining his own pockets. Also that Dispensationalism is a relatively new doctrine from the 1800's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History of Ideas, 28 April 2012
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This book throws light on how Christian Zionism developed and why this system of belief can be such an impediment to those who support the human rights of the Palestinians.
The book discusses the political conclusions for Zionism and for those who believe from Biblical "authority" that Jesus will return in a cloud over Jerusalem and that God will reclaim his special land for all time to the advantage of those who follow His teaching as laid down in the prophecies of the Bible.
It is of particular interest to those Christians, myself included, who find it impossible to counter the argument of the fundamentalist who says you can't argue with what is laid down in Holy Writ.
The subject and history of Zionism is explored in depth and whilst not an easy read you may find you cannot put it down!
I regard this book as a healthy antidote to muddled thinking.
As Garth Hewitt of the Amos Trust says on the cover
"Stephen Sizer's masterly overview of Christian Zionism opens our eyes to a theology that manipulates oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian."
It would be wonderful if this book were compulsory reading for all Christians especially clergy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory - read it!, 8 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable and thought-provoking read, 28 Feb 2013
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This is a clear and well-written introduction to a complex and difficult subject. I would recommend it to anyone who has been brought up on a fundamentalist approach to the Bible but who is still willing to learn something new about Scriptural interpretation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money, 1 Sep 2014
Absolute rubbish......don't waste your money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zionism, 10 May 2013
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An excellent assessment of the current position regarding the Christian and Zionism exposing the literalistic view of some who claim biblical support for their pro-israel stance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theology heavy rather than politics heavy account of Christian Zionism, 24 May 2007
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The early half of the book is very theology heavy, with lots of technical terms that would baffle anyone but a professional theologan, and it has to be said that for the lay reader, this will be very difficult to go through, and I found it hard to get "the gist" of what he was saying in the first half of the book. The second half of the book is much better, talking about how Christian Zionism has potentially influenced Middle East policy in both Democrat and Republican White Houses. The book is well written, and once the author gets past the theological jargon in the first half of the book, the rest of the book is an informative read. I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by the author, and it has to be said he is a better speaker than a writer, but this is still a decent effort, although it is more theology based that politically based, and therefore has less mass appeal than if the reverse had been true. Nevertheless, it is a must for theology students who have an interest in the modern world.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The blessing and the curse, 22 Jun 2008
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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The first chapter: The Historical Roots of Christian Zionism, is an exhaustive and exhausting (for the reader) study of an obscure theology "premillennial dispensationalism." It also covers some early British supporters of a Jewish homeland in the Levant like Lords Shaftesbury and Balfour, his famous declaration as well as Christian political support for the Jewish Zionist movement. It concludes with the author's biased opinion of contemporary Christian Zionism in the USA. Fortunately there are far superior books available for the discerning reader and those who seek only the facts: The Politics of Christian Zionism, 1891-1948 by Paul Charles Merkley and Standing with Israel by David Brog. It must always be borne in mind that Israel is supported by all sorts of Christians: Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Calvinist, Charismatic, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Presbyterian amongst others.

Subjects of chapter two include the theological emphases of Christian Zionism with reference to a futurist hermeneutic, the relationship between Israel and the Church, restorationism and Jerusalem & the Temple. It concludes with the eschatology and "distinctive" theology of the movement. In reality Christian Zionism is more like a large tent than a monolithic movement defined by a particular theology. Proof is available in works like Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel by Paul Charles Merkley, The Irrevocable Calling: Israel's Role as a Light to the Nations by Dan Juster and Don Finto's excellent book God's Promise and the Future of Israel. Christian support for Israel has a simple explanation: "I will bless those who bless you" of Genesis 12:3.

In chapter three Sizer accuses Christian Zionists of supporting Israeli colonialism, opposing peace and hastening Armageddon. These ludicrous calumnies make sense in view of the author's association with Naim Ateek, the Palestinian liberation theologian. Sizer's fear-mongering resembles the political propaganda of Noam Chomsky, the Pol Pot apologist and Hezbollah fan, in theological language. This is the demonic doctrine of Displacement Theology, also known as Supercessionism or Replacement Theology. He writes: " ... There is, therefore, no evidence that the apostles believed that the Jewish people still had a divine right to the land ..." This is an example of arrogant anti-Judaism. Christian Antisemites compulsively deny Israel's right to life and the clear meaning of the Old Testament through pious expressions like "fulfillment in Christ," in direct denial of Acts 15. This also points to Preterism, a doctrine holding that all Old Testament prophecy has already been fulfilled. For the firm Biblical foundations of Christian support for Israel, please see Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged by Barry Horner.

In the Conclusion, Sizer claims that American evangelicals' support of Israel is "inherently and pathologically destructive." Following Chomskyan orthodoxy, he levels the familiar litany of leftist accusations: American hegemony, racial discrimination, colonialism, apartheid and the sin of Islamophobia. Fascinating attitudes are exposed when the veil of piety slips a bit, e.g. in discussing "ethical requirements" for ownership of the land and referring to the "meek" of Psalm 37:11, Sizer states: " ... the question may legitimately be asked whether, due to its expansionist policies, the state of Israel might not expect another exile rather than a restoration."

But there is no expansion, only withdrawal! First from the Sinai, then from Lebanon and most recently from Gaza. Ronald Reagan said "liberals know a lot of things that just ain't so." The "apartheid" smear also made by Jimmy Carter is demonstrably untrue. Approximately 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs and 16% of its citizens are Muslims. When I last checked the Israeli parliament had 10 Arab members representing three political parties: Balad, Hadash and the United Arab List - Ta'al. Jewish Israelis comprise all races, including people from Africa, India and a large number whose ancestors had lived in the Middle East for 2000 years.

Sizer ignores the historical circumstances that led to the 1948 rebirth of Israel. You will find no mention of Hitler's ally Haj al-Amin al-Husseini or the attempt of its Arab neighbors to strangle the Jewish state at birth. He seems oblivious to the dangers currently facing the little country: genocidal threats from Iran and Hezbollah, an endless rain of Hamas missiles on Sderot and other towns plus Syrian threats of war. The antisemitic incitement in the Arab media, including those of the Palestinian Authority, is ignored. How sinister of a so-called Christian to deny the tide of Islamist violence and the oppression of Christians in the Islamic world while trying to delegitimize the only Middle Eastern state that guarantees freedom of worship to members of all religions. Sizer even attacks humanitarian organizations in Israel that provide aid to both Arabs and Jews!

That most illuminating book Christian Anti-Semitism by William Nicholls reveals the theology and history behind the plague of replacement theology that informs Sizer's work. In this regard it's helpful to list some of its features:

a) Some variety of cryptic Replacement Theology.
b) Extreme spiritualizing or allegorizing of the Jewish scriptures, in particular the twisting of Old Testament prophecies about Israel in order to appropriate every promise for "the church" or arguing that they refer to Christ.
c) Blurring the distinction between the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant regarding ownership of the land and the conditional Mosaic Covenant of laws.
d) A foggy view of mankind's ultimate destiny in which no distinctive cultures or national identities survive since all become "one in Christ".
e) A cursory treatment or derisive view of the facts surrounding the rebirth of Israel and the wars for survival.
f) An undercurrent of disdain and malice towards the Jewish people.

The promise of Genesis 12:3 contains both blessing and curse; history provides ample empirical evidence that it is always fulfilled. In its widest sense, the word curse encompasses slurs, slander, innuendo, false accusations and the unfairness of holding Israel to an impossibly high standard of behavior or singling it out for criticism while withholding same from other countries. Those who employ words as weapons around an issue on which the Good Book is very clear ought to carefully consider the consequences.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel according to Chomsky: Displacement Theology, 21 Mar 2008
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Christian Zionism: Road-Map to Armageddon? (Paperback)
The first chapter: The Historical Roots of Christian Zionism, is devoted to an in-depth study of an obscure theology called premillennial dispensationalism. This chapter then looks at early British supporters of Israel like Lord Shaftesbury and Lord Balfour and his famous declaration as well as Christian political support for the Jewish Zionist movement. It concludes with a discussion of contemporary Christian Zionism in the USA. I must immediately recommend two books that are more informative and less biased: The History of Christian Zionism by Paul Charles Merkley and Standing With Israel by David Brog. It need be said that support for Israel is widespread amongst all Christians, Catholic, Protestant and others.

In the second chapter Sizer discusses the theological emphases of Christian Zionism with reference to a futurist hermeneutic, the relationship between Israel and the Church, restorationism, Jerusalem and the temple, concluding with the eschatology and "distinctive" theology of the movement. In truth, Christian Zionism is not a monolithic movement, as demonstrated by works like Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel by Paul Merkley, The Irrevocable Calling by Dan Juster, In Defense of Israel by John Hagee, and Don Finto's excellent book God's Promise and the Future of Israel. Christian support for Israel has a simple explanation: "I will bless those who bless you" of Genesis 12:3.

In the third chapter Sizer accuses Christian Zionists of supporting Israeli colonialism, opposing peace and hastening Armageddon. These ludicrous accusations derive from the facts that the Palestinian liberation theologian Naim Ateek is a close associate of the author. Sizer's fear-mongering is merely the discredited ideas of Noam Chomsky - the apologist for Pol Pot - used as propaganda in the theological sphere. Sizer is an adherent of Displacement Theology, also called supercessionism or replacement theology. He writes: " ... There is, therefore, no evidence that the apostles believed that the Jewish people still had a divine right to the land ..." This is an example of the most arrogant anti-Judaism imaginable. It is characteristic of Christian Antisemites to deny Israel's right to life and deny the validity of the Old Testament by appealing to "fulfillment in Christ," in direct denial of Acts 15 in the Good Book. It is also a manifestation of Preterism, a doctrine holding that all Old Testament prophecy has already been fulfilled. For the firm Biblical grounds of Christian support for Israel, please see Future Israel by Barry Horner.

In the Conclusion, Sizer claims that the support of Israel by American evangelicals "is inherently and pathologically destructive." In line with the Gospel of Chomsky he spews the gamut of accusations: American hegemony, racial discrimination, colonialism, apartheid and the demonization of Islam. When the mask slips, his words can be very revealing. When discussing "ethical requirements" for ownership of the land and referring to the "meek" of Psalm 37:11, he states: " ... the question may legitimately be asked whether, due to its expansionist policies, the state of Israel might not expect another exile rather than a restoration." Chilling. But I see no expansion, only withdrawal from Lebanon and from Gaza. Ronald Reagan said liberals know a lot of things that just aint so. As for Sizer's and Jimmy Carter smear of Israel as an "apartheid state", it is a demonstrable lie. Approximately 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs and 16% of its citizens are Muslims. For the record, at the last check its Arab citizens were represented by 10 members in the Israeli parliament belonging to three political parties: Balad, Hadash and the United Arab List - Ta'al.

Sizer ignores the historical circumstances that led to the rebirth of Israel in 1948. You will find no background here of Haj al-Amin al-Husseini or how its Arab neighbors tried to strangle the Jewish state at birth. Likewise he seems oblivious to the dangers that at present face the little country: genocidal threats from Iran and Hezbollah, endless missiles from Hamas threatening the residents of Sderot and other towns plus Syrian threats of war. Then there is the antisemitic incitement in the Arab media, including those of the Palestinian Authority. How sinister of a self-styled Anglican Christian to deny the tide of Islamist violence and terrorism and the plight of Christians in Moslem countries while trying to delegitimize the only Middle Eastern state that guarantees freedom of worship to Christians and all other groups. Sizer even has the nerve to attack humanitarian organizations in Israel that assist both Arabs and Jews! How superior he is, sitting in his home in England or attending conferences of Sabeel and the Middle East Council of Churches where he no doubts looks worried and important and is considered a valuable dhimmi.

The most illuminating book Christian Antisemitism by William Nicholls reveals the theology and the history behind the replacement theology that has surfaced once again in Sizer's work. In this regard it is important to note what marks the Christian anti-Semite:

a) Some form of (mostly covert) Replacement Theology.
b) Extreme spiritualizing or allegorizing of the Jewish scriptures, in particular the twisting of Old Testament prophecies about Israel in order to usurp every promise for "the church" or arguing that the original texts refer to Christ.
c) The blurring of the distinction between the unconditional Abrahamic Covenant regarding ownership of the land and the conditional Mosaic Covenant of laws.
d) A formless, ethereal view of mankind's ultimate destiny wherein no distinctive cultures or national identities survive since all become "one in Christ".
e) A cursory treatment or derisive view of the facts that led to the rebirth of Israel and of the subsequent wars.
f) An undertone of disdain and malice towards the Jewish people that cannot be completely concealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical and theological piece of work. Necessary reading for Church leaders., 5 May 2014
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Having seen Zionist influences in people before I even knew the word "Zionism", I was worried and couldn't understand where this current was coming from. Over the years I put the pieces together, seeing that it was a consequence of dispensationalism.

I am extremely thankful to Stephen Sizer for writing his thorough historical and theological account of how Zionism developed in its Christian form and what its people believe. I can't emphasize how necessary this writing is for all church leaders today, to help people who have been influenced by this current, and to help them understand and teach on what is happening in the Middle-East.
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