Doug Wilson is at it again. This time he’s taking us through a blow-by-blow (pardon the pacifist pun) review of Greg Boyd’s recent book The Myth of a Christian Nation. Boyd’s book came out while I still worked at Crux and a lot of people were really excited about it. I, to say the least, wasn’t. The contents of the book cater to the John Howard Yoder, Anabaptist, pacifist types. While there’s much to commend the pacifist position (ideally speaking), I’m a bit bewildered by the whole thing.
Here is, in my view, the crux of Boyd’s problem – Wilson outlines it well:
Are women getting raped? Don’t get pulled in. Are children being hauled off
to work in factories? Don’t get pulled in. Are treaties being flagrantly broken?
That’s just the way the world is, ya know? Are thousands of slaves being pitched
overboard into the Atlantic? Satan’s kingdom . . . what can you do? Spiritually
dangerous even to try.