God Is Not... by D. Brent Laytham
Religious, Nice, "One of Us," An American, A Capitalist

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God Is Not . . . takes on today's prevailing misconceptions about who God is by boldly stating who God is not. Rodney Clapp critiques pop culture's anthem to a slobby, ineffective "God like us," while D. Stephen Long, in "God Is Not Nice," questions our therapy-fed longing for a useful, nonthreatening deity. If God is not an American or a capitalist or "religious," as contributors Michael Baxter, Mike Budde, and William T. Cavanaugh go on to argue, then who is God? Laytham concludes with a stirring essay on who God is, calling the church to visibly demonstrate where its primary allegiance lies.

Audacious without being rude, God Is Not . . . is a lively, necessary, and intelligently reverent read.

About D. Brent Laytham

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D. Brent Laytham is professor of theology at North Park Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his Ph.D. in theology and ethics from Duke University. An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, Laytham takes special interest in bringing pastors and scholars together to address theological and ecclesiological issues.
Published July 1, 2004 by Brazos Press. 152 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Other essays in the book also iconoclastically smash popular notions of who God is: God is not a red-blooded American, not a capitalist who urges churches to behave like for-profit corporations and ministers to be ""spiritreneurs,"" not a relativist and, ultimately, not a nice, benign, wholly ine...

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Brent Laytham, however, edits the book titled, God Does Not…Entertain, Play “Matchmaker”, Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness, and in his concluding essay remarks that the apophatic statement “God is not…” can also be stated, “God does not…” To Laytham God is as God does.

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