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Playing God

Playing God

Redeeming the Gift of Power

by Andy Crouch

"In this book worldly power is deconstructed and replaced with a new kind of gospel power."

—Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

With his trademark clear-headed analysis, Andy Crouch unpacks the dynamics of power that either can make human flourishing possible or can destroy the image of God in people.

Playing God Book Excerpt: Making Something of the World

Playing God Book Excerpt: Making Something of the World

"What, then, is power? May I begin with a deceptively simple definition: power is the ability to make something of the world."

Praise for Playing God

Praise for Playing God

"Playing God is a clear and compelling call for Christians to steward the kind of power that enables flourishing." Read what author Gabe Lyons and others are saying about Playing God.

Playing God Book Excerpt: The Gift of Institutions

Playing God Book Excerpt: The Gift of Institutions

"If we want to make creative and conscious choices about the institutions we invest our lives in, we will have to decide whether we believe they produce image bearing or merely idolatry and injustice."

Conversations with Andy Crouch

Conversations with Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch on poverty, institutions, idolatry, and playing the cello.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Straight, White Men Shouldn't Write About Power, Right?

Straight, White Men Shouldn't Write About Power, Right?

Tony Jones

Andy is clear-eyed and forthright in his writing, and he avoids the constant caveats and backtracking that too often laces the writing of straight, white men in this era. 

Giving Power Back to God

Giving Power Back to God

Amy Julia Becker

Playing God has opened me up to the ways in which I falsely try to play god, in many ways, including on Sundays. 

What Kind of God are we Playing?

What Kind of God are we Playing?

Bruce Epperly

Crouch’s affirmation of power as potentially positive begs the theological question, “Who is the God with whom we are in relationship, and what images of God bring forth creative and life-affirming power?”

Crouch on Anabaptists and Power: A Q&A

Crouch on Anabaptists and Power: A Q&A

Chris Smith

I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch about Playing God. His responses to tmy questions were not what I would have expected.

Play God, Be Judged by God

Play God, Be Judged by God

Frank Viola

When power is distorted and controlled by the flesh and then justified in the name of God, we are in effect playing God.

Putting Power in its Place

Putting Power in its Place

Coyle Neal

Crouch’s reminder that power is not inherently evil, but rather is a gift from God that can go awry if not carefully checked and managed is a useful one. However tempting it may be, we must never decry power itself.

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A Conversation with John Wilson and Andy Crouch on Playing God

A Conversation with John Wilson and Andy Crouch on Playing God from InterVarsity Press on Vimeo.

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