Review of Weber, Timothy P.: On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend. 2004. Baker Academic. Grand Rapid. MI.
An excellent, thoroughly documented overview of the history of dispensationalism and how dispensationalists became Israel"s best friends. The book is written from a non-evangelical, non-millennialist perspective. Regretfully Weber does not openly discuss what his own theological presuppositions are. This often leaves the reader with the puzzling question as to whether he is reading a theological history, a descriptive book on the Who is Who of contemporary religious culture, a politically motivated critique of all who stand with Israel or a theologically driven exposure of the failures of those who believe in Bible prophecy. It is only toward the end that it appears that behind it all is an undercurrent of Protestant criticism of the political position of messianic Jews and prophecy believing evangelicals – read fundamentalists or dispensationalists – with regard to Israel. In case of doubt: the book"s reference to Armageddon is probably meant to be cynical and the friendship is seen as problematic.
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