Greg Boyd in his never-ending book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, lays out God’s martial arts program. (This won’t hook you enough to actually read the book, but I’m not going to go into any more detail than that because I would have to take three blog posts to explain it.)
Here is the thing with Greg Boyd’s two-volume behemoth titled The Crucifixion of the Warrior God : it is like the never-ending story. I get through a chapter, which is fairly amazing in and of itself, and I think, “Whew!” Then I’m wondering how much farther to go… and I swear more chapters magically appear atContinue reading “Understanding the “wrath” of God through the Cross”
Greg Boyd’s book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, moves toward Boyd’s particular view of the “Cruciform Hermeneutic.” But before he gets to that…
Boyd draws heavily on Origen when setting up his proposal for what he calls the Cruciform Hermeneutic. Origen doesn’t explain away the violent passages of the Old Testament. He has a way of looking at them that brings us to the “lens” of the cross.
“Contrary to the overly generalized and sensationalized description of the God of the OT provided by (other authors), people who read Scripture sympathetically generally find that the God of the OT is by-and-large a relational God of hesed (i.e., covenant-love) who continually strives to bring all people — first the Israelites, and then, through them, allContinue reading “The Old Testament God and Violence”
“… I would argue that the instruction to love enemies is ‘the very genius of Christianity.’ And this ‘genius’ command mandates nothing less than that we are to demonstrate to all people the kind of love God demonstrated toward us while we were yet enemies (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 5:1-2). This is precisely why, after definingContinue reading “Discipleship is about radical love”
“So completely does the crucified Christ encompass everything pertaining to the Gospel for Paul that he could tell the Corinthians that he ‘resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, opened up the Hebrew Scriptures to his fellow travelers, explaining how all that had proceeded was important to what had just happened. This is something that is constantly repeated in the New Testament.
“The cross does not just happen to be the place where God decided to concretely illustrate the kind of love he eternally is. The cross rather contains within itself a logic that necessitates that we embrace it as the definitive, unsurpassable revelation of God’s loving nature.” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God brings to the table a discussion on the radical love of God AND dealing with the Old Testament texts dealing with the violence portrayed in God’s actions and orders. He doesn’t set aside the OT stories as simple myth. He wants to wrestle with the inspired text. I have aContinue reading “Our struggle to defend the indefensible”