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God Does Not...: Entertain, Play "Matchmaker," Hurry, Demand Blood, Cure Every Illness Paperback – January 1, 2009

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God Does Not . . . challenges several widespread misconceptions of how God works in the world.

Joel Shuman reveals that although God does not wear a white coat and always cure, he always heals.

Daniel Bell argues that the logic of blood sacrifice permeates today's culture and challenges the notion of redemptive violence.

Kelly Johnson shows that the frenetic pace of daily life does not mesh with God's patient peace.

Does God write the perfect love story for each of us? Margaret Kim Peterson and Dwight Peterson help us see how our idea of God's plan for love and marriage is distorted by our desire for Hollywood happy endings.

Jason Byassee cautions against revering contemporary cinema too highly and concludes that God's church is where the action is.

And finally, D. Brent Laytham paints a picture of God's work in the world through the lens of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A follow-up to the popular God Is Not . . ., this book is highly readable and provocative. In the end, we are left not with a negation of what God does, but an affirmation of a God who does all things well.

About the Author

D. Brent Laytham (PhD, Duke University Divinity School) is dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's
Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland. He previously taught at North Park Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and takes special interest in bringing pastors and scholars together to address theological and ecclesiological issues.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587432293
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Laytham is Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary's Seminary and University..

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 5ICM on April 19, 2010
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The chapter "God does not deman blood" challenges us to view Christ's sacrifice on the cross and Paul's New Testament writings in a way not influenced by Hollywood movies where violence is upheld as the means the goodies defeat the baddies. Paul says in Phil 2:2-8 that it was Christ's obedience and faithfulness that saved us on the cross, not a blood sacrifice.

The author of this chapter Daniel Bell Jr, says that we are not let off the hook by a blood sacrifice to satisfy moral law and order. Christians follow another logic. We share in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-20). God does not find pleasure in the death of anyone (Ezek 18:32) and was willing to die on the cross because he desires live even for those who crucify him.
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7 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John Myer on November 13, 2009
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At first I thought the book would be a thoughtful dismantling of the mischaracterizations of God by the religious culture. I didn't realize that it set about to dismantle the faith as well. I Should have read the title more closely--"God does not demand blood"--because one contributing author sought to grossly downplay the role of blood sacrifice in the substitutionary death of Christ. Did he do this by circumventing the comprehensive testimony of the New Testament on the subject? No. Instead, he used large servings of human reasoning, and a certain human "visceral" dislike toward it. Perhaps the writer should have remembered that a sinner's "visceral" response to a lot of things related to God is negative. Sometimes Christians also have these reactions, especially when their standards come from theologically liberal camps of Christianity rather than from the Word of God. There might have been good points in other parts of the book, but I was so disgusted with the offending chapter that I went ahead and threw it in the trash. Maybe we could add a further thought to the title--"God does not... write books that diminish the importance of His Son's blood." Don't be fooled by the hip title here. Hold onto your money and your faith.
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