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Overview Probing disturbing questions that beg for a response from the Christian community, a distinguished scholar of religion and popular writer analyzes the evidence about 9/11 and then explores a distinctively Christian perspective on these issues, taking seriously what we know about Jesus' life, death, and teachings.
Probing disturbing questions that beg for a response from the Christian community, distinguished scholar of religion and popular writer David Ray Griffin provides a hard-hitting analysis of the official accounts of the events of September 11, 2001. A tireless investigator, Griffin has sorted through enormous amounts of government and independent data and brought to the surface some very unsettling inconsistencies about what really happened. In this, his latest book, he analyzes the evidence on 9/11 and then explores a distinctively Christian perspective on these issues, taking seriously what we know about Jesus' life, death, and teachings. Drawing a parallel between the Roman Empire of antiquity and the American Empire of today, he applies Jesus' teachings to the current political administration, and he explores how Christian churches, as a community intending to be an incarnation of the divine, can and should respond.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.72" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jul 21, 2006
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664231179 ISBN13 9780664231170
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More About David Ray Griffin
David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the School of Theology at Claremont. He is also Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and founding president of the Center for a Postmodern World in Santa Barbara.
Reviews - What do customers think about Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action?
Missed the mark. Dec 21, 2007
I think the concept for this book is excellent. Those of the Christian faith have an obligation to look at both sides of the 9/11 issue, and they should be asking the questions that beg for valid answers on this topic. Unfortunately much like our present day corporate owned media,Christians remain mum about much of the discrepancies in the official line of what happened before and during this catastrophe. The complacent silence of Christians during these frightening times will be a dark blot on the history of Christianity. So I feel a book on this topic is absolutely needed.
I purchased it hoping it would be a book to stir Christian thought and cause Christians to begin to question the very troubling trends we see in our physical and political world.
This book does make a good start at doing this.
The first six chapters do perform reasonably well in presenting good factual evidence that causes one to question and wonder about many events surrounding 9/11. In the sections on "false flag operations", Griffin does a descent job on connecting government involvment in similar devastating historic events. I think more pertinent details should have been included on these topics though.
However, after chapter #6 Mr. Griffin takes the reader in, what I feel, is a train of thought that goes to far off the path of the 9/11 issue. In chapters 7 and 8 we are taken on a voyage into some very deep theological arguments and philosophy on how the world originated, the origin of good and evil, the demonic and the divine, etc. Granted, I don't necessarily disagree with some of what Mr. Griffin says in these chapters, but it begins to become too much of a detour after a while. Some of his feelings on these topics due draw a solid connection on why the events of 9/11 happened, and what was the source of these events. In that, more Christians need to take note and realize that there was more to 9/11 than meets the eye. However, I think Mr. Griffin goes too deep into topics of theology and philosophy that tend to "pull" the reader in a different direction. For example, Christians who believe that the world was created as the Bible says in a literal manner, may be offended at what appears to be Mr.Griffins belief in the "long age" theory of creation which he defends here. If he wanted to go deeply into these topics I feel it should have been placed in another book, not here. The author writes the book with the intention of drawing Christians together to reflect on current world events, but then includes "heavy" topics that at times can divide Christians. It creates a poor flow for the readers attention. This area of the book could have been drastically reduced and made more easily acceptable to all readers.
The last section of the book tackles the issues of how Christians should be trying to have an influence in reducing the growing threats to our peace and freedoms. Again, this section is well written for the most part, and calls Christians to be more pro-active in their world. It asks Christians to re-affirm Jesus as our leader, not earthly government, which can easily stray in the wrong direction. It is a call to follow Jesus' example of confronting issues that threaten our human existence, both in the temporal and the eternal, and recognizing evil when you see it. Here as well though, Christians need to unite on many of these issues to have a major impact. Yet Mr.Griffin has already alienated some Christian readers in chapters 7 and 8. So the topic is an excellent one, the facts are well presented,but the authors personal philosophy, and theological leanings should have taken more of a back seat in the book. Others may find this book "flows" well, I didn't. As a result it loses its impact on the reader.
Ignorance is bliss, but will it get you into Heaven? Oct 6, 2007
The first part of this book was very well-done and the author does an excellent job approaching the topic, to break down the barriers the average American would have to believing that our government would do such a thing. Are Americans hiding their faces from the ugly facts when their duty as citizens in a democratic nation is to act on behalf of these human tragedies that we are benefitting from?
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.
"Thinking the Unthinkable" with contemporary theology. Aug 22, 2007
Review of Christian Faith and the Truth behind 911 by David Ray Griffin.
About 1/3 of the book is a recap of evidence that the World Trade Center buildings could not have collapsed from the airplane impacts and fires but must have been a "controlled demolition" and therefore an inside job.
About 1/3 is history of "false flag operations" that are standard military practice to gain civilian support of their warmaking, ordered from the top down and carried out by the equivalent of our CIA and/or military "intelligence" and blamed on the Enemy.
And 1/3 is a theological development of Christian principles that can help us "think the unthinkable".
He develops the idea that Jesus was a revolutionary, urging the Jews to resist the Roman occupation and the Temple establishment who were collaborators. So He was executed as a political threat.
Then he discusses Good (Divine) and Evil (Demonic) from a modern, naturalistic viewpoint. The universal life force, which has evolved the world as we know it, is Good (God) and the phenomena that curtail that process such as Imperial power and slavery are Evil. And then he goes back to the traditional personification of these powers and their attributes. To quote from his page 123:
"Monotheism is the doctrine that there is only one truly divine power, only one power worthy of worship. Monotheism does not, however, necessarily imply monism, the doctrine that there is only power, period. Monotheism is compatible with the belief in one or more centers of power that have some power of their own, and hence some autonomy, vis-a-vis divine power. Because a partially autonomous power could go bad, using its power to oppose divine purposes, monotheism could be compatible with belief in a demonic power.
"In fact, Jeffrey Russell, in his well-received volumes on the history of the idea of the devil, has argued that the New Testament view is best called 'semidualistic monotheism'. In contrast with full-fledged dualism, a semidualistic position does not hold, as would a fully dualistic position, that the demonic is wholly autonomous and equal to God in cosmic scope and power. But it does allow some real autonomy to the demonic."
Thus although he speaks of a divine reality, he does so without indulging the belief in a supernatural deity, which encourages magical thinking about divine omnipotence, and hence without denying the human responsibility for the good and evil in our civilization. He says he advocates "process theology" and I quote section headings in his development (pp 131-138): "Self-Determination All the Way Down" "Divine Power as Persuasive" "Creation as Risk" "Creaturely Creation and the Demonic" "Demonic Power as Uncontrollable by Divine Power" In this context of traditional personification of the adjectives we use - GOOD and EVIL - to communicate our judgement of human activities, he applies the Biblical record of Jesus in the context of Roman occupation to our contemporary world domination. We are the EVIL EMPIRE of absentee owners that tries to control the world by supporting local tyrants who do business the way we want them to, and threatening military occupation where-ever that's not possible, in the name of "Democracy"! Money talks, with propaganda that idealizes greed, spawns fear, and buys politicians.
But here's my comment: We can't win this perpetual war, short of blowing the whole world to hell, because in this Information Age insurgencies will go on forever. Everyone knows that government of, by, and for the people is possible thanks to our own revolutionary founders. I'm a hopeless idealist.
What do you think?
Glen Sandberg 228-697-5195
A book every Christian should look at Jul 8, 2007
Dr. David Ray Griffin speak specifically to the audience he knows best - individuals of the Christian faith.
The theologian presents the shocking evidence about the 9/11 attacks that do not seem to fit with the official story reported by the U.S. government. Griffin then emphasizes the importance of the tragedies of 9/11, and how the Christians of the world should be the ones that address this issue that is playing a major role in our society.
Griffin is not just putting the word "Christian" on his title to sell his book to a niche market - he truly tries to reach an audience that he feels should have an impact on how the "truth" should be revealed.
The Depths of a "Deeply Perverted Value System" Jun 27, 2007
I bought this book because I was dominantly interested in the tenth chapter ("A Call to Reflection and Action"). I think it is an outstanding follow-on to Dr. Griffin's prior books ("The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11" and "The 9/11 Commission Report: Missions and Distortions"). The three (as well his fourth on debunking the debunkers) are superbly researched, meticulously footnoted, well-argued, and ought to be required reading for every Congressional representative and every serious mainstream journalist in the US.
Dr. Griffin has made a critical distinction between "cumulative" and "deductive" arguments. Through the course of these books, and summarized nicely in the first half of "Christian Faith...", Dr. Griffin reviews the breadth and depth of the cumulative evidence now amassed, so vast that another has suggested that "it's like drinking from a fire hose".
He proves that the prima facie case that the Bush Administration orchestrated the attacks of 9/11 remains unrefuted.
But the critical thrust clearly is on why we must pay attention to what he has to say, and why we must address the implications of it.
From the book:
"Many people who know or at least suspect the truth about 9/11 probably believe that revealing it would be so disturbing to the American psyche, the American form of government, and global stability that it is better to pretend to believe the official version. I would suggest, however, that any merit this argument may have had earlier has been overcome by more recent events and realizations. Far more devastating to the American psyche, the American form of government, and the world as a whole will be the continued role of those who brought us 9/11, because the values reflected in that horrendous event have been reflected in the Bush Administration's lies to justify the attack on Iraq, its disregard for environmental science and the Bill of Rights, its criminal negligence both before and after Katrina, and now its apparent plan not only to weaponize space but also to authorize the use of nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive strike."
"Burns Weston, a professor of law, has said that the `disparity between official 9/11 `spin' and independently researched 9/11 fact [is] so glaring as to suggest the possibility of a constitutional crisis unlike anything our country had ever known'."
This statement takes on added gravity in light of the repeated and recent announcements that the Vice President and the President are not subject to Congressional oversight.
In addition to addressing the socio-political issues, however, Dr. Griffin asks us to examine them in light of Christian values. And there is where he not only nails down the indictment, but also the conviction. As moral and spiritual people, we are obligated to examine the evidence, to discuss it in light of our beliefs and values, and then to act in concordance with them.
From the book:
"... It is only when we realize that the attacks of 9/11 were carried out and covered up for the sake of America's global domination project that we can, as I have suggested elsewhere, fully grasp the extent to which this project is propelled by fanaticism based on a deeply perverted value system."