The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited – selected quotes – UPDATE

I have read with great pleasure during my travels last months Scot McKnight’s book The King Jesus Gospel and I have fund you enlightening as to some of the pathologies of present day evangelicalism.

Of course, the book is not an academic treatise, and written primarily for a popular American audience, and its beginning is carefully catering, it seems to me, to an audience that is not used with ‘meat’. But then if gets some ‘teeth’ and bites quite deep.

I find the topic of the book relevant not only for the American context, but also for the Romanian evangelical context, which is is influenced by all the weaknesses (and sometimes also the strengths) of the American evangelical scene.

That is why I have decided to share with you an extended series of quotes from this book, with my comments here and there, in the hope that some Romanian publisher will pick up on it and render it in the Romanian language.

That is my plan. I have asked for the permission of the author for it and I am awaiting his response. Let’s hope it is positive.

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Scot agreed with me posting on this blog quotes from him book. He also promised that, need be. he could respond to possible querries about the book. Thanks, Scot.

I will post the first quote today. I will publish the reference of the quotes, but, for convenience (I am a busy man, too) I will not give hyperlinks to the book in posts containing quotes. Please refer to this post in case you need the link.

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Here is the first quote, on the major thesis of the book:

…the large thesis that is advanced here, in parallel with other similar cases that some of us are trying to make, is that the movement that has long called itself “evangelical” is in fact better labeled “soterian.” That is, we have thought we were talking about “the gospel” when in fact we were concentrating on “salvation.”

The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011) p. 12

What do you think? Is McKnight right?

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

2 thoughts on “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited – selected quotes – UPDATE”

  1. First thought: a few definitions would help to better understand his ideas. For example I don’t know if he sees the “soterian” movement and the concentration on “salvation” as downgrading the “evangelicalism” respectively “the gospel” or a downright “missing the target”.

    I presume that further posts will clear things more.
    You got a follower on this series anyway 🙂


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