God at War The Bible and Spiritual Conflict

ISBN-10: 0830818855

ISBN-13: 9780830818853

Edition: 1997

Authors: Gregory A. Boyd

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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.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.Through a close and sophisticated reading of both Old and New Testaments, Boyd argues that Satan has been in an age-long (but not eternal) battle against God, 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."No less edifying than it is provocative, God at War will reward the careful attention of scholars, pastors, students and educated laypersons alike.
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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/12/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously a professor of theology at Bethel University, several of his many books include Letters from a Skeptic , Repenting of Religion , Myth of a Christian Nation , God at War, and Satan and the Problem of Evil .

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The Warfare Worldview of the Old Testament
Hearing Zosia: The Problem with the Problem of Evil
Locking Up the Raging Sea: The Hostile Environment of the Earth
Slaying Leviathan: Cosmic Warfare and the Preservation and Restoration of Creation
Judging "the Gods": Yahweh's Conflict with Angelic Beings in the Old Testament
Rebuking the Adversary: The Activity and Origin of Satan in the Old Testament
The Warfare Worldview of the New Testament
Tying up the Strong Man: The Kingdom of God as a Warfare Concept
War of the Worlds: The Warfare Theme of Jesus' Exorcisms and Miracles
Storming the Gates of Hell: Kingdom Conflict in the Teachings of Jesus
Christus Victor: The Warfare Significance of Christ's Death and Resurrection
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