Has anyone read Boyd’s newest work, the Crucifixion of the Warrior God? I’ve had friends and family, all Protestant, telling me I really need to read it. I have read some of his older works, some of which were okay and other not/ I am rather hesitant to read this.
Boyd has tried to play the whole “Constantine changed Christianity” myth at times in the past, a myth that is not hard to disprove if you bother to do a little research and read the Church Fathers (All of whom are in the public domain and available online) that lived before, during and after the Emperor’s reign.
I will be honest and admit that the title annoys me a little as well. I’m a big believer in not judging a book by its cover but at the same time a title can be very revealing. And knowing that Boyd is an open theist adds to my hesitation.
On the other hand part of me really wants to read it, if only to use when talking with friends and family. I am secure enough in my faith that I do not think Boyd will really change my thoughts much. Its more am I prepared for the, at times probably vehement, disagreements I’m going to have with the book.
If anyone has read it, or has any thoughts I’d love to hear them. Been dealing with the whole Constantine myth and “Christians should all be pacifists because the early church was” stuff lately.