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Christian Faith and the Truth behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action Paperback – July 21, 2006
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"WARNING: If, like most Americans calling themselves Christian, you prefer the comfort of acquiescing to the official version of 9/11 and the imperial wars it facilitated, DROP THIS BOOK NOW. But if you are open to the grace of honest inquiry and the risk of following the historical Jesus in confronting the evils of empire, this rigorously argued book is a MUST READ."
Ray McGovern, CIA veteran analyst now with Tell the Word, a project of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.
"David Griffin has previously made the case for the Bush administrations complicity in 9/11 and the cover-up of this evidence by the 9/11 Commission. Here, in this important book, he puts these shocking realities in the context of Christian theology and the challenge to the churches. In a profound exploration of the nature and history of the demonic, Griffin suggests that American empire is a culmination of human demonic alienation from God."
Rosemary Radford Ruether, emeritus scholar, Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology
"Do American Christians want the United States to act like the New Rome, invading other countries to impose its imperial rule and its control of other peoples resources? That is just what the U.S. is doing, increasingly so since 9/11, explains David Griffin. In this gripping summary of evidence for the truth behind 9/11 and the 9/11 Commission report, Griffin makes a compelling case that the imperial practices of the American government have become a destructive force in the world. And he clarifies the biblical and theological basis for Christians to challenge the resurgent American imperialism that often claims divine blessing on its destructive actions."
Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, University of Massachusetts, and author of Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder
"Compelling reading. Here is a remarkably thorough presentation of facts regarding 9/11 events. Professor Griffin sets the events of 9/11 in a historical, religious, and philosophical context that is most enlightening. Although this context is also somewhat chilling, he holds out hope in his discussion of where we can go from here. I most highly recommend this book!"
Steven E. Jones, Professor of Physics, Brigham Young University
About the Author
David Ray Griffin is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theology at Claremont School of Theology, Professor Emeritus of Religion at Claremont Graduate University, and Co-Founder of the Center for Process Studies. He is the author of Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith, and coauthor, with John B. Cobb Jr., of Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition. Author of numerous books in philosophy of religion, he has also published two popular books on the World Trade Center attacks: The New Pearl Harbor: Distubing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11 and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions.
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In light of such evidence, how can anyone believe that 9/11 was an inside job of the US government? The conspiracy would have to involve not only the highest echelons of our government, but also bin Laden as one of our agents, and al-Jazeera as a witting or unwitting assistant. Of course, one could argue that the CIA staged the whole video after the fact, using doubles and an expert mimic of bin Laden's voice, etc. But such a conclusion seems to border on the psychotic, not critical common sense.
So the use of the word "Christian faith" in the title really is a lie.
"The truth about 9/11". Is it? He presents a very detailed case that 9/11 was an "inside job", engineered by the Bush administration to provide a pretext for war in Afghanisan and Iraq. Certainly he demonstrates that the work of the 9/11 commission (like that of the Warren Commission!) is imperfect. However, think about all those who would have to be part of such a conpsiracy (either in hatching it or covering it up). They would include: the Secret Service; the Fire Department of New York City; Rudy Giuliani; Mike Bloomberg; Larry Silverstein; Tom Kean; The New York Office of Emergency Management; and innumerable other public officials and agencies. The conspiracy theory presumes that every one of these people would sign on to the murder of 3,000 innocent victims--that none of them said, "Absolutely not,I'm not going to be involved in this!"--and further, that none of them has, over the past five years, had any second thoughts or regrets that would cause him or her to go to the press.
I don't care how many inconsisencies he finds in the 9/11 commission report. The theory of such a vast conpsiracy, involving so many people as participants in mass murder, is utterly insane.
The saddest part of this whole thing is the publisher's imprint--Westminster/John Knox. The fact that a once great (actually, two once great) publishing house--a publisher that is connected to a major Protestant denomination-- would issue such a volume
truly shows that mainline Protestantism has finally reach its dead end--utter, complete spiritual emptiness.
Griffin applies the category of the "demonic" to the United States. For my money, the "demonic" is seen in theologians and religious publishers who utterly and completely misrepresent Christianity. They cover their political agenda with a thin layer of Christianity. They use their spiritual position to promote a secular agenda. "Demonic" is not a word I throw around--but Griffin brought the matter up by applying the word to our good and great country. There is something profoundly dishonest about those who use their status as Christian teachers to promote political agendas--something that approaches the demonic.
My issue and reason for the 3-star review is the second part of the book. He, by his review of historic religious documents, poses the question, "What if God isn't in charge? What if the Devil could be winning?" There's nothing wrong with asking questions, but coming from someone who seemed authoritative in religious scripture history, it did shake me up and ruin a perfectly good day. So I asked God, whose reply was that He is Soverign, Intelligence/Wisdom is in the Heavens and the Earth should be glad. Whew! I wanted to issue this warning to readers, tho, that just as in Jesus' day, too much scholarly reading of the words, instead of faithful prayer, can lead one away from God instead of toward Him. Application of pure logic in an issue of faith can be misleading.
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