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Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb

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What if the greatest threat to Christianity in America was American

As the Church has become increasingly entangled in the pursuit of politics, the Gospel has become tarnished and often abandoned as the primary focus of the Body of Christ.

Jesus Untangled is a prophetic call for the Church to awaken from the “American Dream” and to return to Her first love.

Paperback, 205 pages
Published January 20th 207 by Quoir Publishing
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David Holford
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No King but Jesus

Keith Giles urges readers to take the gospels seriously and not explain them away when they come into conflict with our cherished ideas of nationalism and patriotism. And not just the gospels, but the entire New Testament. He sets out the ante-Nicene Church as the example to follow - Christianity before it was legal to be a Christian and especially before it was the established official religion of the Roman Empire.

He clearly sets out a New Testament and early Church paradigm w
Brandon G. Smith
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great work on the troubling mixture of nationalism with Christianity in America. This book is very accessible and is a good starting point for anyone who questions why American nationalism and American Christianity are not one and the same.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justice, politics, jesus
Keith Giles is an Anabaptist in the house church movement.  His new book,  Jesus Untangled  is an attempt to disentangle Jesus from the political Right. He doesn't advocate for wedding Jesus to the Left either. The problem with American Christianity is that Jesus is so enmeshed with nationalism that we fail to see Jesus on his own terms. In 186 pages, Giles offers his diagnostic of American Christianity and offers a solution: the recovery of Jesus as the central component of Christianity. The im ...more
Tom Snyder
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read

This is a book every Christian should read. Let it challenge your most cherished beliefs about God and country. Search the Scriptures to see if what is being said is true. Then follow the Truth wherever He leads you.
Julius McCarter
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Keith Giles' Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb recounts what, to most readers of my blog, will sound like a familiar narrative: The history of the early church, and of the effect the Emperor Constantine had upon it. The retelling of this history is a retelling of your history, and mine, because it is a retelling of American history. Jesus' followers have stood apart from the state-aligned church culture (often to the point of martyrdom for their faith), an ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enlightening

This gave a lot of information I was not aware of Very helpful in moving on the growth away from mixing faith with patriotism
Rick Lee Lee James
Solid but not flawless

I agree with this book more than I disagree but I think it should be pointed out that the Kingdom of God actually is political, it's just that it has its own separate politic. If we start with that premise then the things in this book will change meaning a bit, but this is still a very solid read and a welcome antidote to the current reign of the idol of nationalism that is currently sweeping our nation. This is a challenging but desperately needed book for the church in Am
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good and bad.
Great emphasis on not politicising religion , uses Jesus as a lens to read the rest of the bible ( discards the awful Leviticus style laws for example as no literally applicable). Leans towards fundamentalism in places. Good emphasis on leading a decent life etc. reads largely like a long sermon. Atheists and non Christians might have little interest. Christians might do well to learn from the errors power grabbing political endeavours.
Tim Good
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My context has changed...

With the presidency of Donald J. Trump upon us, I find it harder to give up voting as a spiritual practice. I would also have to give up the feeling of guilt and complicity...

Everything else rang true for me.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have been on the hunt, for quite a while now, for good books which will address the complicated relationship between US Christians and the US Government from a (broadly) Anabaptist perspective. Giles' Jesus Untangled is in a league with Greg Boyd's Myth of a Christian Nation though it has something of a different focus and intended audience.

Giles explains in the introduction that this book began life as a series of blogs which were then edited and reworked into the final book. This is actuall
Dave Pettengill
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Giles gets right into the topic by sharing how nationalism hinders the gospel message we present as Christians. Through the next several chapters he does an excellent job walking us through how we got to where we are today with christianity entangled with partisan politics. In this Mr. Giles shares how this entanglement leads us to believe lies about our votes, political parties, and even our country.

Giles also spends a good portion of the book in where our allegiance should be and that is w
Gwen Henson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book pulled together so many of the loose thoughts I've had regarding patriotism, nationalism, war, and forcing a "moral" agenda through laws. It's long been my belief that we are not a special chosen nation by God. We are causing more killing and suffering throughout the world for our own gain, under the guise of helping and funding wars. We can only change hearts when we are willing to love and enter relationships, not through laws against abortion and same sex marriage. I'm grateful for ...more
Amy Orban
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is worth reading. I did not embrace every argument, but Keith Giles is on point in his assessment of the church's marriage to American politics. I would especially recommend this book to anyone struggling with or needing to be introduced to the problems that have come with the American Republican Jesus mentality. I appreciate that his solution to this conundrum, however, is not just to become a democratic socialist Jesus. Also, his assessment of the pre-Constantinian witness of the chu ...more
Jad Letcher
An anabaptist interpretation of biblical pacifism and the seperation of Church & State.

Keith Giles presents an interesting book that would surely strike at the heart of American patriotism.

Giles' writes towards those of us who hold to beliefs about BOTH 'God & Country' and why Christians should in the very least be suspicious about such political and religious intertwinings of our faith in daily life.

The writer has, in some ways, a very simplistic interpretation of scripture, and other w
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Points, but a bit Repetitive

Any one wary of the intertwining of faith and politics will find this book refreshing. However, Giles seems to say the thing again and again. He says repeatedly that Jesus wouldn't get caught up in politics. He also chronicles the atrocities of the government. A good book overall, but he tends to repeat himself.
Jeremiah N Calcara
I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. I agree with a lot of where he's coming from, but a lot of allegations aren't substantiated and many generalizations are too general for my tastes. Good message though. Should be read.
Janet Richards
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every follower of Christ in the USA should read it and study the scriptures referenced.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good book about where our focus should be as citizens of the Kingdom of God. Especially in these days of political uncertainty, Keith gives us a lot to consider and think about. For us here in the USA we have come to the conclusion that we are a christian nation and have God's special blessing above all others. We seem to put so much trust and dependence in our political parties, but reading through this book puts a whole new light on the subject. Read this book and find out for yourself ...more
Wesley Rostoll
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have read this year. Yes, it's still January and I have only read 2 books so far, but the other book that I read was CS Lewis' 'Mere Christianity'! 'Jesus Untangled' is very well written and convincingly argued. What Keith has brilliantly done here is take the plain teachings of Jesus and placed them alongside the commonly held views of many American Evangelicals and revealed the vast contrast between the two. In his own words:-

"What if you cannot serve both Caesar and Je
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Keith Giles is the author of 5 books including his latest, "This Is My Body:Ekklesia as God Intended" which explores God's design for His Church according to the scriptures. The free e-book version has been downloaded by over 3,000 people.

He is the former Director of Sales and Distribution for Vineyard Music Group and formerly Marketing Coordinator for Soul Survivor USA. He has been writing artic
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