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Your God Is Too Small: A Guide for Believers and Skeptics Alike Paperback – June 1, 2004
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We first learn about God as children and our conceptions can remain in a state of juvenile faith or more likely, the idea of God can become too small to affect "adult loyalty and cooperation." Or one cherishes a "hothouse God who could only exist between the pages of the Bible or inside the four walls of a church." Phillips acknowledges immediately that "many men of goodwill will not consent" to "mass hypocrisy...to buy a sense of security at the price of...truth." Phillips addresses the inadequate conceptions of God which lead to this problem and tries to show us "a God big enough" for adult comprehension and respect.
Part I lists the destructive constructions of God:
The Resident Policeman, i.e the overdeveloped conscience, a relic of childhood that we mistake for the voice of God, where "God can be made to appear to the sensitive an over-exacting tyrant, and to the insensitive a comfortable accommodating 'Voice Within' which would never interfere with a man's pleasure."
The Parental Hangover, i.e. the residue of a sentimental clinging dependence on a parent. Christ's reference to the Father or becoming "as little children" was not about a childish toddler/grownup relationship but about an understanding of the "awe-inspiring disparity between man and God."
The Grand Old Man, a great power in his day but old-fashioned, a God inadequate for our modern scientific times, a God to be respected for what he was but hardly adequate to be engaged in our fast-moving contemporary world. I would call this a result of our narcissistic tendencies reinforced by the Enlightenment.
The Meek and Mild, often conveyed in sappy hymns.Read more ›
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A different approach than I have read before. I especially liked the second part of the book. I only wished the author had used more Scripture. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Conchita M.
This is a book which every person who believes in God should read.Published 2 months ago by brenda l schumann
Second half of the book, I had trouble getting through. But the first half of the book makes it worth buying. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shulamit Widawsky
I read this book many years ago. It was relevant then and still is today. Phillips is right on in his assessment of how we think of God.Published 7 months ago by cubfan962
With so many divisions within Christianity this book puts it all into perspective. The two great commandments to love God and to love your fellow beings are all that really count. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan P Spurgeon