Crucifixion of the Warrior God Update
Did you know that authors generally don’t have much say-so about the cover art for their books? It’s considered part of the marketing, so the author may or may not like how it ends up looking. I’ve had a few book covers that made me scratch my head. (I won’t tell you which ones, but it would be fun to hear all of your guesses.) That being said, I’m thrilled with these covers, and I wanted to share them with all of you. So exciting!
Here’s the Fortress Press description:
A dramatic tension confronts every Christian believer and interpreter of Scripture: on the one hand, we encounter images of God commanding and engaging in horrendous violence: one the other hand, we encounter the non-violent teachings and example of Jesus, whose loving, self-sacrificial death and resurrection is held up as the supreme revelation of God’s character in the New Testament. How do we reconcile the tension between these seemingly disparate depictions? Are they even capable of reconciliation? Throughout Christian history, many different answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different ‘gods’ to recent social and cultural theories of metaphor and narrative representation.
The Crucifixion of the Warrior God takes up the dramatic tensions between depictions of divinely sanctioned violence and the message of peace centering the New Testament. Over two volumes, Gregory A. Boyd argues that we must take seriously the full range of Scripture and the centrality of the crucified and risen Christ as God’s supreme revelation. Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture involves what Boyd calls a cruciform hermeneutic. This reading leads us into the proper way of understanding the character of God, revealing God as loving, sacrificial, and subverting violence.
Greg looks at reading the Bible to kids and considers where in the Bible one should start reading. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0311.mp3
In Greg’s new book, Cross Vision, he explains how the crucifixion of Jesus makes sense of the violent portraits of God in the Old Testament. His groundbreaking “cruciform hermeneutic” will change the way that you read the Bible! While Crucifixion of the Warrior God laid out Greg’s case in detail for an academic audience, Cross Vision…
Greg considers the implications of his Cruciform Hermeneutic on his previous work in God at War. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0274.mp3
Video by Rex Harsin
Going back to pre-Socratic philosophers and running through the major strands of the church’s theological tradition, the conception of how God (or, in ancient Greece, “the One”) was arrived at primarily by negating the contingent features of the world that were deemed inferior and in need of explanation. God transcended the world, for example, by…
Divine duplicity? Or Holy Handiwork? Greg considers the imperfections of the Old Testament and considers God’s role therein. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0287.mp3