Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? Paperback – 19 Nov 2004
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If any book deserves the accolade of being the definitive critique of 'Christian Zionist', it is this. -- Anthony McRoy; Church of England Newspaper; September 2005
In some circles this book will be vilified and written off as anti-Semitic. Undeservedly so ... -- David McKay; Covenanter Witness; October 2005
Stephen Sizer has written a masterly book on a controversial subject. -- Gordon Bridger; Evangelicals Now; July 2005
This really is an important work and my only hope is that it is read widely ... -- Justin Thacker; Third Way; October 2005
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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.
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.
"A well written book on a vital subject. All Christians should read this book which documents one of the most important subjects to face us in the 21st century." Father Michael Harper, Dean of the British Antiochian Orthodox Deanery and a director of The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Wesley House, Cambridge.
"Once again a Semitic group of people are suffering, particularly through the racism of Christians - this time it¹s the Palestinians. Stephen Sizer's masterly overview on Christian Zionism shows us how this appalling fact becomes a reality. Hopefully it will help Christians to expunge all racism and anti-Semitism (whether against Palestinian or Jew) from our theology and become the peacemakers Jesus called us to be. As Stephen traces the history of Christian Zionism, our eyes are opened to a theology that manipulates and oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian. It is time for a theology that values all equally instead of a theology that sees God as biased." Canon Garth Hewitt, Founder and International Director of the Amos Trust and Canon of St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem.
"When the lines are not clearly drawn and Premillennialism is confused with Christian Zionism, the book Christian Zionism. Road-map to Armageddon? is an essential reading. Stephen Sizer goes into the historical roots, the theological arguments and the political implications of Christian Zionism." Dr Nabeel T. Jabbour, Visiting Professor of Columbia Biblical Seminary, Tyndale Seminary, Western Seminary and Whitworth College and on the staff of the Navigators, Colorado Springs.
"Stephen Sizer's Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? provides a detailed and thoughtful critique of the framework Hagee and many others enthusiastically embrace. Sizer is vicar of Christ Church in Surrey, England, and chair of the International Bible Society in the United Kingdom. His book explores the historical development, theological underpinnings, and political implications of Christian Zionism, a movement that began in Britain in the 19th century... Americans have been inundated with images and information on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades. Numerous and often conflicting images and impressions leave many with a kind of "detailed ignorance." Far too few have a coherent framework for understanding and interpreting events in ways that can lead to constructive advocacy, either as concerned citizens or people of faith. The books by Carter and Sizer offer helpful guidance for those who seek to understand the multiple and often convoluted political and religious dynamics that often thwart hopes for a more peaceful future in the Middle East." Dr. Charles Kimball, Professor of Comparative Religion, Wake Forest University Department of Religion and Divinity School.
"I am pleased to commend Stephen Sizer's masterly book for exposing the sectarian roots, dubious theology and destructive consequences of Christian Zionism. It shifts the focus of God's redemptive purposes away from the Church and onto a contemporary secular State. God's continuing love for the Jewish people must not be confused with aspirations for an earthly kingdom which Jesus has already repudiated." Prebendary Dick Lucas, Chairman of the Proclamation Trust and Rector Emeritus of St Helen's, Bishopsgate, London.
"If any book deserves the accolade of being the definitive critique of 'Christian Zionism', it is this. Popular, lucid and readable, this is a dispassionate and scholarly yet critical evaluation of the phenomenon. His theological critique of Dispensationalist Zionism, is masterly - notably of the way modern advocates such as Hal Lindsey manage to find America in the Bible!" Dr Anthony McRoy, Lecturer in Islamics, Evangelical Theological College, Wales.
"Congratulations on Christian Zionism. The index alone makes my mouth water, since this is the scholarly treatment to counteract the rabid prophecy pack for which I had been searching. I couldn't be happier that this is published. You and I see eye to eye on this issue... Yours is a true prophetic voice so badly needed in the current prophecy frenzy. And when this mania also affects national and international policy, the danger takes on larger proportions." Professor Paul Maier, Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History in the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
"In the past quarter century, evangelical fundamentalist Christian Zionism has developed into a major theological movement and has made a significant political impact in the United States. Its effect upon the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to increase yearly. Unfortunately, many Christians and non-Christians possess little knowledge of this phenomenon. Stephen Sizer's book is without doubt the best and most comprehensive analysis to date about Christian Zionism; it deserves to be read seriously." Professor Norton Mezvinsky, University Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University.
"my fellow Zionists... will be disturbed by my agreement with much of Sizer's criticism of this position... I am grateful to Stephen Sizer for drawing attention to the legitimate criticisms of dispensational Zionism. He has rendered a service to the cause of Zionism which was needed." David Pawson, Retired Baptist Minister.
"Stephen's careful study of this movement demonstrates that theology really matters and, if the theology is wrong, the consequences are disastrous. I hope that Christian Zionists who read this book will recognize that it is written by someone who believes in the inspiration and authority of Scripture as they do, and will consider carefully the challenge he brings to their particular line of interpretation." Revd Professor David Peterson, Former Principal of Oak Hill College, London (author of Engaging with God, Hebrews and Perfection & Possessed by God).
"Stephen is the foremost authority on the phenomenon of Christian Zionism in Britain today. He communicates with conviction and insight his critique of this profound misreading of the Bible. He challenged me to consider how I read Scripture; what I believe about the relationship of Jewish people to God and how the Christian churches in this country should be supporting the people of Israeli and Palestinian people." Revd John Rackley, President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Minister of Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath and a Chaplain to the University of Bath.
"Here is a book to help anyone wanting to grapple with the complicated interweaving of history, politics and theology that makes up the fabric of modern Israel. Not all will agree with every detail of Stephen's analysis, but the arguments are compelling and the book is a corrective to the sloppy theology found in some evangelical circles today. This should be essential reading for all who pray and work for the peace of Jerusalem and it will help us to be truly supportive of both Jew and Palestinian." Canon John Salter, Vice-chairman of the Garden Tomb Association & member of the Oak Hill College Council.
"I knew something about Balfour's 'declaration' but nothing of the Christian Zionism that was behind his support of a homeland for the Jews. Stephen Sizer's excellent book shows the role of Christian fundamentalist thinking in moulding the politics of the UK in the 1800's and which provided the political groundwork that enabled Zionism to flourish. He goes on to show how this same fundamentalism plays a major role in shaping US policy today. In attempting to understand and counter the terrorist attacks that we are seeing today, we need to look not just at Muslim fundamentalism. We must also look at Christian Zionism that had such part in the carve up of the Middle East after the Ottoman Empire, that underpins US support for Israel today and plays a major part in stimulating that Muslim fundamentalism. Misinterpretation of the bible gave rise to Apartheid and was rightly exposed as a heresy. Christian Zionism needs similar treatment. Sizer provides a very well written and researched book giving not only the problems but also ideas for a solution." Dr Roger Spooner, retired Honorary Professor, Edinburgh University.
"I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer's ground-breaking critique of Christian Zionism. His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very timely. I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith. Stephen's book has helped to reinforce this conviction." Revd Dr John Stott, Rector Emeritus, All Soul's, Langham Place, London, the principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and founder of the Langham Partnership International.
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