His greatest piece of writing, however, is probably his flattering and completely non-hyperbolic endorsement of my recent book, Third Way Allegiance: Christian Witness in the Shadow of Religious Empire.
With allies like him, I may finally gain a few worthy foes.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH GREG BOYD
1) Based on the introduction of your new book, Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now, you seem to share a love for crickets. Are you the next St. Francis?
Hell no! I’m no saint. I’ve don’t even know the rules for crickets. I can’t even get my dog to listen to me, and St. Francis was “a sissy.” Okay, that was TOTALLY corny. Sorry. The truth is that I’m nowhere near the category of a St. Francis or Brother Lawrence (NOT that it’s a competition).
2) If you had to single out the most significant problem that the church in North America is currently facing, what would you say it is?
3) Who would you rather be stuck with on top of a Ferris wheel: Cindy Jacobs, Rush Limbaugh, or a clone of L. Ron Hubbard?
If these were the only alternatives, I wouldn’t be stuck. I’d have already jumped.
4) Who is the one indispensable theological writer that all Christians, at least in the United States, need to read?
Jacques Ellul! Vernard Eller is a close second. Soren Kierkegaard (especially his Attack on Christendom) a close third. Probably less than 1 in 10,000 American Christians have heard of all three.
5) Are you as excited as I am to never have to see Brett Favre throw another interception for the Minnesota Vikings?
Are YOU as excited as I am to never have to hear three months of insanely repetitive hype about whether or not Brett Favre is going to come out of retirement for the Vikings?
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.