Interpreting Violent Pictures and Troubling Behaviors

God’s Heart to Prevent Judgment

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In Ezekiel we read a passage that depicts Yahweh as warning his people about their impending punishment by saying, “I will pour out my wrath on you and breathe out my fiery anger against you”…

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Revolting Beauty

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In this sermon clip, Greg shares the story of how foster parents entered into the pain of a severely abused child and demonstrated compassion rather than judgment when she displayed puzzling and revolting behaviors. This…

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Four Principles of the Cruciform Thesis

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In the second volume of Crucifixion of the Warrior God, I introduce how four dimensions of the revelation of God on the cross (as introduced in this post) lead to four principles that show us…

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Two Questions to Unlock Violent Divine Portraits

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There are two basic questions that help us to interpret what is going on in the violent portraits of God in the Old Testament, as I propose in Crucifixion of the Warrior God. The First…

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Cross Vision – How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence


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Renowned pastor-theologian Gregory A. Boyd tackles the Bible’s biggest dilemma. Author: Gregory Boyd Publisher: Fortress Press ISBN-10: 1506420737 Buy on Amazon: HardCover Paperback Kindle AudioBook Study Guide The Old Testament God of wrath and violence…

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The Non-Violent Jesus Clothed in Violence

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As I’ve argued in several books (for instance, see The Myth of a Christian Nation) as well as in many posts, Jesus refused to use the power that was available to him to defend himself,…

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Is the New Testament Ambiguous About Non-Violence?

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One could argue, with some legitimacy, that the portrait of God in the NT is not unambiguously non-violent, the revelation of God on Calvary notwithstanding. It can’t be denied that there are violent-appearing images of…

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Reviewing the Reviews: Tom Belt (Part 1)

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Tom Belt has written a four-part review of Crucifixion of the Warrior God on his blog An Open Orthodoxy. Parts 1 and 2 offer an overall fair and balanced summary of CWG, at least to the point that…

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Christus Victor Atonement and Girard’s Scapegoat Theory

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Many of the major criticisms of Crucifixion of the Warrior God that have been raised since it was published four weeks ago have come from folks who advocate Rene Girard’s understanding of the atonement. A…

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The God Who Stoops

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The way that one imagines God can be thought of along the lines of a Rorschach test. That is, I submit that the way a person imagines and experiences God says at least as much…

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Crucifixion of the Warrior God (Official Trailer)

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Video by Rex Harsin

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How God Judges Sin

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In his third sermon covering material from his book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, Greg explores the topic of judgment. In this clip, Greg suggests that while God certainly does judge sin, how he judges is very different…

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Something Else is Going On

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The violent portraits of God in the Old Testament are a stumbling block for many. In this short clip, Greg introduces the idea that “something else is going on” in these passages, and that we can…

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Overview of Crucifixion of the Warrior God

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Greg reviewed the content of his new book, Crucifixion of the Warrior God, as a part of the Woodland Hills Church Covenant Partner gathering on March 5, 2017. If you want a fairly succinct synopsis of…

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Crucifixion of the Warrior God


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Author: Gregory Boyd Publisher: Fortress Press ISBN-10: 1506420753 Buy on Amazon A dramatic tension confronts every Christian believer and interpreter of Scripture: on the one hand, we encounter Old Testament stories of God commanding horrendous…

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The Final Battle in Revelation

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I will conclude this series on the violent imagery in Revelation by addressing the infamous eschatological battle scene found in 19:11-21, for it is this graphically violent section of Revelation that is most frequently appealed…

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When God Endorsed Polygamy

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We often find God acting as if he supports things we know, by other means, that he does not. For example, though his ideal was monogamy, it’s clear in the biblical narrative that, once God…

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What To Do With the Violent God of the Old Testament

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For eight years Greg has been researching for and writing the book entitled The Crucifixion of the Warrior God. In it he confronts the commonly held idea that the Old Testament depictions of God behaving violently should be…

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Rethinking Transcendence

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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…

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A Dialogue with Derek Flood Part 2: Is ALL of the Bible Inspired?

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Image by TheRevSteve via Flickr Yesterday, I offered the first part of my response to Flood’s comments regarding my review of his book. Today I’ll finish up my thoughts.  Scripture and Its Interpretation Flood confesses that he is…

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