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Cat and Dog Theology: Rethinking Our Relationship with Our Master Paperback – 2003
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The greatest weakness, however, seems to be one of theological immaturity. Though he says that cat theology "is not incorrect but rather incomplete", one gets the impression that "cat theology" is flat out wrong. For example, Jeremiah 29.11 is quoted in which God promises blessing. It is acknowledged that this is a good verse but then we are asked how many of us like a certain verse by Paul which speaks of suffering for Christ. We are left with the impression that "immature and self-centered" Christians quote Jer. 29.11 while more spiritually minded Christians quote verses on suffering.
There is a sense in which the authors seem to be pitting one group of Bible verses against another. John 3.16 and other verses which describe God sending Jesus to die out of love for the world are somehow "immature or humanistic" or at least of less importance than John 12.28 and other verses which depict Jesus as dying to glorify God. At one point the question is asked "What did God the Father get out of Jesus' death?" The answer of "people" is given as an answer and immediately mocked.Read more ›
I first experienced Bob's material when I took the "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" class at my church several years ago. Bob used this material to teach the second class.
"Cat and Dog Theology" parallels Bonhoeffer's "Cheap Grace" concept but is much more illustrative and easier to comprehend (and very entertaining). And it hits the nail on the head every bit as much as DieBon did. "Cat and Dog" asks us : Is God our cosmic servant (cat theology), or are we God's earthly servants(dog theology)? It also gives very clear examples so your can determine how much of a canine or feline you are (I still have to admit to a few "meows" myself).
An important read for everyone, even us overly intellectual Presbyterians. (And certainly better than "The Purpose Driven Life", though just about anything is....)
Do yourself a favor and do not purchase this book. Purchase 'Desiring God' by John Piper or 'Religious Affections' by Jonathan Edwards. They are both more original and VERY much more theologically minded.
I am so glad I was told about it! It is one of those books that one should read once every couple of years.
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This book really challenged how I view life and to think about things with the glory of God in mind. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott Vargovich
Loved it! Really made me think twice about my attitude toward God. As an American Christian, I have become accustomed to having things, or in Christian terms, being blessed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Dan Borowicz
Great book! Challenges you to rethink how you view worship and the reason in why you do things.Published 12 months ago by Kevin W Roach
Personally, I'm enjoying this book. We are using it in our adult Sunday School class. There is a gentleman in our class who is trained to teach seminars out of this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by L REA
So thankful for a study for the family that shows our relationship with the LORD... that we serve Him and not the other way around...Published 18 months ago by sd
This book has been a joy to read so far. I think anyone who is serious about their relationship with God will find it both challenging and life giving. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeremiah