Gregory A. Boyd
God at War: The Bible Spiritual Conflict
April 27, 2019 Comments.. 215
God at War The Bible Spiritual Conflict In this bold and compelling work Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy By Boyd s estimate theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine s response to the prob

  • Title: God at War: The Bible Spiritual Conflict
  • Author: Gregory A. Boyd
  • ISBN: 9780830818853
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy By Boyd s estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine s response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious good purposes of God Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues thIn this bold and compelling work, Gregory Boyd undertakes to reframe the central issues of Christian theodicy By Boyd s estimate, theologians still draw too heavily on Augustine s response to the problem of evil, attributing pain and suffering to the mysterious good purposes of God Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that God has been in an age long but not eternal battle against Satan and that this conflict is a major dimension of the ultimate canvas against which everything within the biblical narrative, from creation to the eschaton, is to be painted and therefore understood Accordingly, modern Christians are inclined not to expect evil and so are baffled but resigned when it occurs New Testament writers, on the other hand, were inclined to expect evil and fight against it Modern Christians attempt to intellectually understand evil, whereas New Testament writers grappled with overcoming evil.

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    1. Carl Jenkins says:

      We are at war.This is the foundation of Greg Boyd's book on spiritual warfare, 'God at War.' This book is a lot to chew on, and at the end of it all has left me sitting here just thinking about a lot of different things, and how this book will affect how I look at a number of things from now on.Boyd's basis is that that the angelic beings that God created were given complete freewill, and a number of them rejected God, rebelled against the task they were given to by God, and now live in war with [...]

    2. John Martindale says:

      I must say, I feel the sense of accomplishment having tackled a 400 page book. But less I get stuck with lightening for being prideful, I'll won't saying anything more concerning that. So yeah, this book is really interesting, Boyd goes through the Old Testament and then the New, showing how the writers of the bible had a cosmic warfare world-view. This theme throughout scripture has been played down, due to reform theology that thinks God controls everything, that all that happens is part of hi [...]

    3. Willie Krischke says:

      Greg Boyd convincingly argues his thesis in "God at War": that evil acts are not part of some mysterious Divine plan; that God does not will and control the rape of little children or the slaughter of nations, but instead battles against spiritual forces that influence world events and cause, or help, these things to happen. And he does so with impressive academic rigor; this is a book for study, not for light reading, a book for seminar classes, more than easy perusal. Boyd knows his stuff and [...]

    4. Ray says:

      Some good scholarship here. But continuing the war metaphor, this book wins the battle (defending God's goodness) but losing the war (jettisoning God's attributes). A terrible disappointment. Read John Frame's *No Other God* (2001) or Millard Erickson or Bruce Ware (or C.S. Lewis years before the fact!) on the deep problems with Boyd's Open Theism.

    5. Matt Friedman says:

      Some of the data on spiritual things was indispensable, and I am glad overall that I read the book. The undergirding of open theistic theodicy got pretty annoying rather quickly, though, and showed some surprisingly wide logical gaps. For me, the latter issue really seemed to detract from an otherwise valuable book.

    6. Ethan says:

      A theological discovery/exploration in regards to the question of evil, God's sovereignty, and the existence and nature of the spiritual powers and principalities and spiritual warfare.The author is upfront regarding the frame of reference: whether or not all evil can be truly attributed to God's mysterious will as would be demanded by what he deems the "classical-philosophical" view of God as manifest in Augustine. He then proposes the spiritual warfare prism, as if God is constantly at odds wi [...]

    7. Jimmy Winfrey says:

      It is very important to realize that Boyd is advocating heresy in this book. Open theism and a virtual dualism detracts greatly from this book (as heresy often does).

    8. Jill says:

      In this book, Boyd outlines and defends what he terms a "warfare worldview," which can be summed up in the following points:1. God created other spiritual beings besides us (i.e. angels, demons, and Satan are real).2. God is not a divine puppetmaster. Rather, he gave all his created spiritual beings true free will, including the ability to choose to defy him and commit evil.3. The existence of evil is not God's will/desire. It is the consequence of choices made by created beings.4. God is at war [...]

    9. Cayla Pruett says:

      Boyd sets out in this book, the eldest sister of two he's written on this topic, to build a theodicy on the foundation of a warfare hermeneutic. The church has drifted a long way from our early post-apostolic church fathers in the way we read and understand the Scriptures, particularly as it pertains to spiritual warfare and the cosmic battle between YHWH (the only creator & eternal God) and his Kingdom and the kingdom of darkness (full of lesser created gods and angelic beings who have rebe [...]

    10. G Stephen says:

      God at War -- The Bible and Spiritual Conflict by Gregory A. BoydSince working in the Tsunami in Aceh, Thailand and with those affected by the earthquake in Pakistan, I have been grappling again with life issues such as prayer, suffering, about warfare, the destructiveness of creation and the problem of evil in the world. Greg Boyd helped me deeply with his short book, “Is God to Blame- Beyond Pat Answers to the Problem of Suffering”. I did not have to look much further to delve more deeply. [...]

    11. Joel Wentz says:

      Giving this 5 stars does not mean I agree with every of Boyd's assertions. It simply means that I absolutely loved reading this book, and that I think it's an important work. Boyd writes with a clarity that is clearly fueled by passion, and he prophetically speaks out against the ways he has seen the Evangelical/Reformed tradition deal with the problem of evil in the world, completely screening out the profound spiritual language in the Old and New Testaments. Though I may not end up on the same [...]

    12. Steve Watson says:

      Prior to this book, the best thing I'd read on the problem of evil was Henri Blocher's book Evil and the Cross, in which he argues that God answers all kinds of questions about evil (what? how long?, etc.) but never the "why?", which remains a mystery so we can focus on fighting evil rather than understanding it.Greg Boyd leaves his study of evil in the Bible to much the same conclusion, that we need to be activated to fight evil more than understand it. But his thorough review of the scriptures [...]

    13. Chris Baker says:

      Boyd offers a unique view of the problem of evil and spiritual warfare, without going overboard and seeing Satan or demons behind every little bad thing that happens. Boyd's basic premise is that we have not taken the existence of Satan and demons seriously enough when considering why bad things happen and why evil occurs in a world that a good God created. Many evil things happen not as a result of human free will, nor as a result of God's will, but because of the free will of fallen spiritual [...]

    14. Chris K says:

      Truly a masterpiece, and a favorite on my bookshelf. As far as works of theology are concerned, this is an astounding presentation on the warfare worldview. To the educated layperson, a good start in the study of Open Theology. I understand the thoughts behind the people who groan about the author's obvious open theistic view, one only need to understand that in viewing God and the future as at least partly open, he attributes the omniscient quality to God that the “God as Dictator” view cou [...]

    15. Terry Wildman says:

      God at War along with the companion book Satan and the Problem of Evil may be one of the most important and helpful books I have ever read. Questions about God that I have wrestled with all my life have been mostly answered. Greg Boyd is a loving, humble yet powerful voice in the world of Christian Theology. Written for a non-specialist but a challenging read. He has an easier to read book that addresses many of the same questions, Is God to Blame? I highly recommend this book to those who strug [...]

    16. Steve Bedford says:

      The main thrust behind this book is that idea that creation is in chaos and that God set out to put things back in order. Whether you want to personify this chaos as the devil is touched on, but delved into deeper in Boyd's follow-up, Satan and The Problem of Evil (I believe, haven't gotten around to reading it yet). Boyd walks us through the Old Testament's warrior God imagery, a war which culminates at Calvary. Well argued and accessible, even though it is a scholarly work.

    17. Kathy Hoopmann says:

      It's taken me months to read God at War because I check every text and cross check what Boyd is saying compared to other authors on the topic (Oh and I need check the dictionary from time to time too!) So it's not a light read, but it has been worth every hour. It has opened my eyes to many things, and raised questions that I have never thought of before. A thought provoking and excellent book.

    18. Tyler says:

      A strong, thoroughly biblical account of God's war against the evil in this world. To those of us living in the 21st century, it is incomprehensible that the intellectual problem of evil is not present in the Bible. Boyd has demonstrated that when we adopt scripture's warfare perspective, the problem will disappear for us as well.

    19. Travis says:

      There is no other perspective upon the bible that makes it complete. All other perspectives are full of leaks, holes and misinformation. Which is not a descredit as much as "they are missing this piece" type of critique. After reading this, if you have had questions about "what does it all really mean," you won't anymore.

    20. Andrew says:

      Thrilling. Sobering. Thought-provoking. It was a wonderful thorough journey through a relatively unpopular worldview that affirmed and reconstructed how I viewed God, the cosmos, spiritual beings, and humanity. Even if you ultimately reject every significant notion proposed in this book, it is worth reading as to examine and test why you believe what you do.

    21. Ian says:

      Challenging and controversial Greg Boyd develops his ideas on Open Theism. His compelling argument is a brilliantly educative read on our role in this world. A world which is at war in a battle which is already won by God, though requires our active participation. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    22. Mark says:

      Good thesis and points, the writing style was caught between scholarly and lay, which the author is shooting for. I would of liked one focus over somewhere imbetween, but still good a very helpful read.

    23. Jesse Nelms says:

      Amazing book - first chapter is obviously controversial - but beating that the information about the world view and paradigm of Jesus and his audience opened my eyes to a much deeper understanding of His teachings and the "warfare" motif inherent in the synoptic Gospels.

    24. Lisa Greer says:

      If you've given up on Calvinism or run into too many people who have endured terrible suffering only to be told that "God caused it," read any of Greg's books. Seriously. He's my favorite Internet pastor and theologian.

    25. William Belgie says:

      This book is a challenging thought provoking perspective of the mission and mindset of the church. War is serious business and too often the get so busy doing the logistics of warfare we fail to engage the enemy.

    26. Nicholas Quient says:

      Powerful and enjoyable, if a bit too broad. His dismissal of universalism is a bit unfortunate but as regards the rest of his material, this book is among Boyd's top works.

    27. Trevor says:

      A thorough overview of the war that rages in the cosmos - a reality usually depicted by mythological passages in the scriptures - and its implications for existence as we know it.

    28. Kristy says:

      Pretty good reference supporting the existence and need to understand spiritual warfare.

    29. John Ayala says:

      Loved it! I wish there was more!

    30. Jeff Noble says:

      God at War: The Bible & Spiritual Conflict by Gregory A. Boyd (?)

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