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Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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From the Back Cover
Freedom from judgmentalism.Are you frustrated by a tendency to judge others? Pastor and award-winning author Greg Boyd asserts that God shares his unsurpassable worth with each of us, making the practice of judgment foreign to Christian character. In Repenting of Religion, Boyd shows you how to begin practicing a religion of love rather than embracing judgmental doctrine based on our human perceptions of morality. He exposes lies we have believed about ourselves and others and demonstrates the freedom we have for establishing true biblical community. If you're ready to reap the rewards of loving others, this book is for you. "Anything but another run-of-the-mill evangelical book, it is radical and revolutionary. It will make readers think critically about some traditional evangelical habits of the heart."--Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University "The local church is called to be God's community of redemption rather than the exclusive clique of rejection it has often become. This is a prophetic call to repentance."--Gilbert Bilezikian, author of Christianity 101 "Mere Christianity is religionless, Boyd rightly says. It is about dancing with the triune God. And, since it's all about mercy, let's love one another and stop judging."--Clark Pinnock, author of Most Moved Mover Gregory A. Boyd is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of twelve books, including Seeing is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award winner Letters from a Skeptic.
About the Author
Gregory A. Boyd is the senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church (B.G.C.) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Letters from a Skeptic, and formerly taught theology at Bethel College.
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Boyd's writing is engaging (like his preaching I've discovered) passionate, clear and theologically precise. He builds on Bonhoeffer's ethics and his explanation of Bonhoeffer's understanding of the tree of the knowledge of good & evil, is accessible for lay readers without being superficial in any way.
It was refreshing to read a theological book, which wasn't arguing a case in a debate, as much as bringing God's people back to biblical truth, about God's love and our call to live in line with it. He's provocative and some will react, but I believe this book has something profound to teach us and it shines some biblical light into the C21st church.
This is essential reading for every Christian, I'm taking our staff team through it and we're excited by what we're re-discovering.
His interpretation of Genesis 3, is particularly helpful. If I had any critique, I'd ask for more stories, this isn't heavy on illustrations, but it is packed with life changing truth. I'm buying it for all my pastor friends' birthdays in the coming months!
Repenting Of Religion is largely inspired by the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and uses biblical scripture to expound the author's viewpoints. It begins with what I feel is an eye-opening revelation of the root of judmentalism. This is in the introduction which I feel alone is worth buying the book. The author then explains what judgmentalism is in some detail and how it interferes with both our union with God and His plan for the church.
It is an inspiring read although at times may seems a bit repetitive. Stick with it because though it may seem repetitive it actually gives you deeper and deeper insight into God's great commission.
However, there is one point that Boyd makes which many readers dislike. Sadly, when it came to his views on homosexuality, he deals with this by stating that it is no different from gluttony thus treating homosexuality as a sin instead of as an orientation. More sadly still, I found many reviewers on Amazon disliked this statement because they view sin as a hierarchy and therefore dislike that Boyd said it was equal to gluttony. Boyd was only meaning to teach us the importance of inclusiveness and acceptance in the church by stating that we are all equally sinners. As this book was written 10 years ago, I hope that his viewpoint has evolved to one of greater love and acceptance and the belief that it is an orientation not a sin. If we don't see it this way, then I believe the love falls short. However Boyd only gives very small mention of this in his book and the book as a whole is still something worth reading.
Boyd writes well and explains clearly and logically. I feel that Repenting Of Religion has the power to transform. If the main principles were taught in churches, Christians would then be known for their love.