Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Greg Boyd’s Forthcoming Magnum Opus

Years ago, I grew slightly excited to hear that Greg Boyd—he of open theism fame—was writing The Myth of the Blueprint, ostensibly a lengthy volume showing how so-called classical theism is the product of a wrong reading of Scripture. And we’re still waiting for it. But Boyd is releasing two books (three books?) next year, one of which seems to be The Myth of the Blueprint in an expanded, retitled form. Here is a press release from Fortress Press:

Fortress Press is thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of two provocative titles by Rev. Dr. Gregory A. Boyd. The first, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, is a massive, two-volume, 1400-page text, to be released on April 1, 2017. Boyd’s much-anticipated tome will challenge contemporary scholarship and is sure to be debated in academia and the church for years to come. The second book, tentatively titled, Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence, will be published on August 1, 2017. A trade book, Cross Vision, will make Boyd’s provocative arguments available to a general readership.

Boyd, the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul and the author of best-selling books, Letters from a Skeptic and God at War, has been working on Crucifixion of the Warrior God for over a decade. “This is my life’s work,” Boyd said, “the culmination of my thoughts on the nature of God, Jesus, and the Bible. I can’t wait to engage with readers on these, the topics most essential to the Christian faith.”

Will Bergkamp, publisher at Fortress Press, expressed enthusiasm for the project: “Greg Boyd is a preeminent pastor-theologian, and he’s a great fit for us at Fortress Press. We’re especially excited that we can bring his ideas to both academic and popular audiences.” Bergkamp also noted that The Crucifixion of the Warrior God has the same comprehensive and robust argumentation as N. T. Wright’s bestselling Paul and the Faithfulness of God, a 2013 Fortress title.

As if I haven’t got enough to read already!


  1. I'm looking forward to your review of the book. I've enjoyed Greg Boyd's non-scholarly works like 'Is God to Blame?' and 'Letters to a Skeptic', and I generally like where he's coming from theologically. Not sure I'll manage to get through a 1400-pager myself though!

    And I think you've volunteered me to review Charles Watson Snr's 'Hell in a Nutshell'... ;)