Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday Night Frozen Dinner And An Intellectual: "The Politics Of Jesus" by John Howard Yoder. Part IV
Last night I finished John Howard Yoder's "The Politics of Jesus." It was torture. Normally when I write a negative book review, I try to be charitible. My initial emotions of dislike rarely make it to the completed blog post. Yet "The Politics of Jesus" is one of the worst books I have read in years. The only reason I stuck with it is that it is considered a classic in some Christians' minds. Reading the final three chapters, I got tired of his imposition of his views on the Biblical text. To repeat my criticisms would waste time; Parts I and II will provide you with criticisms that apply to the book as a whole. My upcoming Friday evenings will cover "The State and the New Testament" by one of Yoder's teachers and "Christ the Meaning of History" by an author cited by Yoder. I didn't know their connections before planning my reading. If no review of these books appear here it is because I decided to move on. After I finish with these two books, I am going to review four short books by N.T. Wright.