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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; IVP/UK Edition edition (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830853685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830853687
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is an excellent resource on one of the most important issues of our day. Everything from the introduction to the glossary is most helpful for anyone who wishes to understand the important spiritual and political implications of this powerful but largely unnoticed sect. In particular, Sizer's theology section is a startling eye-opener for Christians who put the Gospels at the heart of their faith." (Greg Brownfield, Christian Zionism Task Leader, ELCA Chicago Metro Synod Working Group in the Middle East)

"In the past quarter-century, evangelical fundamentalist Christian Zionism has developed into a major theological movement and has made a significant political impact in the United States. Its effect upon the Arab-Israeli conflict continues to increase yearly. Unfortunately, many Christians and non-Christians possess little knowledge of this phenomenon. Stephen Sizer's book is without doubt the best and most comprehensive analysis to date about Christian Zionism; it deserves to be read seriously." (Norton Mezvinsky, University Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University)

"No Christian leader or layperson who is interested in biblical, theological or political matters related to the Middle East or to Israel's part in its future can afford not to read this volume." (Dr. Ronald Youngblood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Bible Society)

"Stephen Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals." (Don Wagner, Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University, Chicago, Illinois)

"Christian Zionism slices through some of the terribly muddy thinking regarding modern-day Israel and the last times which seems to characterize the majority of American evangelicalism. The author is to be congratulated on the clarity of presentation as well as the courage it takes to present it!" (Bruce A. McDonald, Visiting Professor of Religion, Texas Wesleyan University)

"When the lines are not clearly drawn and premillennialism is confused with Christian Zionism, the book Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? is essential reading. Stephen Sizer goes into the historical roots, the theological arguments and the political implications of Christian Zionism." (Nabeel T. Jabbour, Visiting Professor at Columbia Biblical Seminary, Tyndale Seminary, Western Seminary and Whitworth College)

"Fantastic! I'm grateful for this book's advocacy of the church as the Bride, instead of Israel the bride and the bhurch the concubine." (Gilbert Bilezikian)

"If any book deserves the accolade of being the definitive critique of Christian Zionism, it is this. Popular, lucid and readable, this is a dispassionate and scholarly yet critical evaluation of the phenomenon." (Dr. Anthony McRoy, lecturer in Islamics, Evangelical Theological College, Wales)

"I am glad to commend Stephen Sizer's groundbreaking critique of Christian Zionism. His comprehensive overview of its roots, its theological basis and its political consequences is very timely. I myself believe that Zionism, both political and Christian, is incompatible with biblical faith. Stephen's book has helped to reinforce this conviction." (Rev. John Stott, Rector Emeritus, All Souls, Langham Place, London, principal framer of the Lausanne Covenant (1974), founder of the Langham Partnership International and author of more than 40 books)

"I commend Stephen Sizer's important and prophetic book in calling evangelical Christians, in particular, to break the spiral of violence and hatred. Instead we must obey the teachings of the Prince of Peace who has called us to a ministry of reconciliation rather than listen to the false prophets of Armageddon whose apocalyptic message is in danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy." (The Right Revd. Riah Abu El Assal, Episcopal Bishop of Jerusalem, and author of Caught in Between)

"Sizer's book is essential reading for any Western evangelical trying to understand the religious dimensions of American support for Israel. He shows with exacting clarity how evangelical eschatology has now embedded itself in a modern political ideology. One quick read of this book will change anyone's perspective on the Middle East permanently." (Gary M. Burge, Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School)

"Sizer's masterly overview of Christian Zionism opens our eyes to a theology that manipulates, oppresses and shows no dignity or justice to Jew or Palestinian. It is time for a theology that values all equally instead of one that sees God as biased." (Garth Hewitt, Amos Trust)

"Sizer's work on Christian Zionism is the most important and comprehensive on the subject to date, and should be read by all students of the Middle East and by Christians concerned about a just resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Christian Zionism raises vital theological and political challenges that must be addressed head-on by Christians in the West, particularly evangelicals. The impact of this terribly misguided movement is increasingly putting Christians in the Middle East at risk, and it seems a far cry from the witness and message of Jesus Christ." (Don Wagner, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, North Park University, Chicago)

"A masterly and highly readable analysis of the history, the world-view and the political implications of Christian Zionism. Sizer has thrown down the gauntlet in a way that demands a response from those who support the state of Israel for theological reasons." (Colin Chapman, visiting lecturer, Near East School of Theology, Lebanon)

About the Author

Stephen Sizer is the vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, Surrey (England), and a visiting lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and various other seminaries and theological colleges in the United States, Britain and the Middle East. He is chairman of the International Bible Society U.K. and a director and trustee of the Amos Trust, Friends of Sabeel and Highway Projects. Sizer is the author of A Panorama of the Bible Lands and In the Footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles. He has written extensively on the church in the Middle East, the ethics of pilgrimages, dispensationalism and Christian Zionism. He is a frequent visitor to the Middle East.

David Peterson was senior research fellow and lecturer in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, where he still teaches part time. He served as principal of Oak Hill College, London, from 1996 to 2007. His books include Engaging with God, Possessed by God (both IVP) and Hebrews and Perfection (Cambridge University Press).

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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Mort Coyle on June 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sizer has written a thorough and very readable overview of the Christian Zionist movement. After an introduction which defines both Zionism and Christian Zionism, the book is broken into three sections:

The first explores the historical roots of Christian Zionism beginning with the "proto-Zionism" of the 1700's. I was particularly fascinated to learn about the role that the Napoleonic Wars played in the seeds of Christian Zionism. Sizer goes on to delineate the birth and development of Dispensationalism; which was initially viewed as a novel and peculiar form of eschatology but has become widespread in the U.S. over the last 200 years and has served as the springboard for the Christian Zionist movement. Sizer methodically traces the trajectory of Dispensationalism from Irving to Darby to Scofield to Lindsay (and points in-between) and does an excellent job of explaining the relationships between the various forms of Dispensationalism and Zionism.

The second section of the book explores the theology behind Christian Zionism. Sizer begins by explaining the "literal futurist hermeneutic" (in other words, method of study) which is the fountainhead from which Dispensationalism/Zionism springs. I thoroughly enjoyed this section of the book as Sizer examined Zionist theological views about the relationship between the Jewish people and the Christian church, the return of Jews to Israel, the status of Jerusalem, the rebuilding of the temple, etc.

The third section looks at the political implications of Christian Zionism. This was the most sobering and chilling part of the book.

The book ends by setting forth a series of conclusions based on the material covered in the preceding sections.

Sizer's writing style is no-nonsense and free of hype.
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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Holger Sonntag on January 5, 2006
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As I am writing this (1-5-06), the Rev. Pat Robertson has linked the grave disease of PM A. Sharon to the fact that Sharon tried to "divide" the Holy Land given, in Robertson's view, to the modern people of Israel exclusively.

Robertson is notorious for his Christian Zionist position that believes that the Old Testament promises of land to Israel still hold today. He is a "restorationist" who believes that the year 1948, when the modern nation of Israel was established in Palestine, is a rather important date in world history. Already when Y. Rabin was assassinated, Robertson saw "God's hand" involved there too.

Sizer, a student of Palestine and minister of the Church of England, does an excellent job in tracing the theological, historical, institutional, and political backgrounds of the likes of Robertson and J. Falwell. He also offers some helpful theological critique of the underlying theological views.

Astonishingly, "Christian Zionists" in Britain and especially America abound, ever since its tenets were popularized by the infamous Scofield Reference Bible. This is true not just for many an Evangelical congregation; various leading 20th-century British and American politicians have been sympathetic to this type of "philo-Judaism". In fact, as Sizer shows, the existence of the state of Israel today would be unthinkable without the inspiration and support of Christian Zionists in Britain and America.

All in all, Sizer's book is an important contribution to understanding the ongoing Near East conflict, as it sheds light on a area that usually does not make headline-news. Five stars are fully warranted.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. Freas on August 21, 2008
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A book I read this summer and which I would highly recommend is Stephen R. Sizer's Christian Zionism: Road-Map to Armageddon. Quite frankly, I couldn't put it down! It is a first-rate work of scholarship, one which examines the theology underlying Christian Zionism, while also putting it in a historical context. Thus, the book traces what is in fact a fairly recent theological development, one which very much subverts what was for the larger history of Christianity the conventional understanding of Biblical prophecy--one which saw it as something largely rooted in past events--through the use of what Sizer characterizes as an ultra-literal hermeneutic. The notion that the modern-day ingathering of the Jews in Palestine is something prophesied in Scripture only began to take form during the early-19th century, following the upheavals brought about by Napoleon's conquest of Europe. This development took place primarily in Britain. From a historical perspective then, the book provides some important insight concerning late-19th century British support for Zionism. By the 20th century, Christian Zionism found a foothold in the United States, and indeed, after tracing the movement's development in Britain during the 19th century, the book examines its growing popularity in America up through the present-day, likewise, the huge influence its proponents wield on American foreign policy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Sizer on March 22, 2008
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"I wanted to congratulate you on your book ... Like yourself in one regard, I have a long history of what I call "prediction addiction" -- and its obvious flaws and failures. Your book seems to be a careful and much needed analysis of the destructive wake left by pre-millennial dispensationalism. Thank you! My particular version of dispensationalism was informed by a potent and lethal mixture of sabbatarianism and British Israelism as championed by Herbert W. Armstrong... God rescued me (and many others, thank God) from these heretical notions... What Dr. Sizer addresses is absolutely critical for Christians in North America to understand. Greg Albrecht, President of Plain Truth Ministries, and Editor-in-Chief, The Plain Truth magazine (author of Revelation Revolution & Bad News Religion).

"Nearly a thousand years ago, European Crusaders tried to colonise Palestine, fuelling religious hatred and bringing the indigenous Christian community close to extinction. It is tragic, if ironic, that misguided Western Christian Zionists, by their one-sided political support for Israel, are today succeeding where the Crusaders failed. Stephen Sizer's ground-breaking new book on Christian Zionism exposes how this heretical theology is having devastating political consequences in the Middle East. It is heartbreaking to see misguided Christians identifying more with Ahaband Jezebel than with Naboth. On a daily basis we are seeing our land confiscated, our vineyards destroyed, our homes demolished, our children traumatised and our future negated for the sake of an earthly kingdom which the Lord Jesus has plainly repudiated. I commend Stephen's important and prophetic book in calling Evangelical Christians, in particular, to break the spiral of violence and hatred.
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