Repenting of Religion

Turning from Judgment to the Love of God

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We human beings are burdened by our tendencies to harshly judge others and ourselves. Unfortunately for believers, this bent is as prevalent in the church as in the world.

Pastor and author Gregory A. Boyd calls readers to a higher standard through understanding the true manner in which God views humanity: as infinitely worthwhile and lovable. Only an attitude shift in how we perceive ourselves in light of God's love can impact how we relate to people and transform our judgmental nature.

Believers wrestling with the reality of God's love and Christians struggling with judging in the local church will appreciate this examination of how we move from a self-centered to a Christ-centered life.


"Repenting of Religion is anything but another run of the mill evangelical book; it is radical and revolutionary. Some will call it dangerous and heretical. One thing is certain: It will make readers think critically about some traditional evangelical habits of the heart."--Roger E. Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University

"This book demonstrates with both subtle and compelling biblical evidence that the local church is called to be God's community of redemption rather than the exclusive clique of rejection it has often become. The argument constitutes a convincing commentary on the Apostle's radical claim that we cannot glorify God unless we accept others as Christ has accepted us. This is a prophetic call to repentance addressed to judgmental church leaders and to self-righteous congregations who curse the weak rather than bring healing to God's broken, hurting world."--Gilbert Bilezikian, author of Christianity 101

"Mere Christianity is religionless, Boyd rightly says. It is about dancing with the triune God. And, since it's all about mercy, let's love one another and stop judging, as if it were just another religion."--Clark Pinnock, author of Most Moved Mover

The Author

  1. Gregory A. Boyd
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    Gregory A. Boyd

    Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary), formerly professor of theology at Bethel University, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992....

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"If you want to explore how your spiritual community can invigorate itself to offer life in fresh ways in the days ahead, Repenting of Religion will encourage you to see your 'church as a nonreligious community of outrageous love.'"--Relevant magazine