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Against Christianity by Peter J. Leithart
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Against Christianity (edition 2003)

by Peter J. Leithart (Author)

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How could a conservative Christian-an ordained minister with a beard, no less-be against not only Christianity, but theology, sacraments, and ethics as well? Yet that is the stance Peter Leithart takes in this provocative "theological bricolage." Seeking to rethink evangelical notions of culture, church, and state, Leithart offers a series of short essays, aphorisms, and parables that challenge the current dichotomies that govern both Christian and non- Christian thinking about church and state, the secular and the religious. But his argument isn't limited to being merely "against." Leithart reveals a much larger vision of Christian society, defined by the stories, symbols, rituals, and rules of a renewed community-the city of God.… (more)
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Some books are food for thought. This one is a buffet. And not one at the Chinese buffet down the road. It's one at the imperial court. Of Christ the Lord. I will likely need to read this about two more times. Available @ Google Books - Full View:http://books.google.com/books?id=F54VD0XoqJIC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
Some books are food for thought. This one is a buffet. And not one at the Chinese buffet down the road. It's one at the imperial court. Of Christ the Lord. I will likely need to read this about two more times. Available @ Google Books - Full View:http://books.google.com/books?id=F54VD0XoqJIC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q=&f=false ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
As someone in our Sunday school commented, Peter Leithart is a little too clever in this book, starting with the title. This is definitely a pro-Christ(ian) book.

His argument is that by the Church's allowing its set of beliefs in Jesus Christ to be called "Christianity", it has effectively accepted being identified as just one more religion, rather than as God's kingdom (or city/community) on Earth.

In other words, by its being cast as a religion rather than as an alternative community, the Church is effectively neutralized in its message and impact to the surrounding society.

Leithart's basic argument is sound, as long as one views it primarily as aimed at the Church's sense of community and ministry, rather than as some sort of call to arms for political action.

I'd give the book a higher rating except for the title and his over-playing his argument. I mean, come on, somebody's going to come up with a name for the largest faith on Earth, whether it's really a "religion" or not! ( )
  grvaughan | Aug 28, 2007 |
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How could a conservative Christian-an ordained minister with a beard, no less-be against not only Christianity, but theology, sacraments, and ethics as well? Yet that is the stance Peter Leithart takes in this provocative "theological bricolage." Seeking to rethink evangelical notions of culture, church, and state, Leithart offers a series of short essays, aphorisms, and parables that challenge the current dichotomies that govern both Christian and non- Christian thinking about church and state, the secular and the religious. But his argument isn't limited to being merely "against." Leithart reveals a much larger vision of Christian society, defined by the stories, symbols, rituals, and rules of a renewed community-the city of God.

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