your god is too small: book review

I really don’t know whether to be ad that I wasted my time or happy that there is nothing in this book worth writing home about, which is the same thing really. J.B Philips audience must be Christian. His goal is to tell us why the gods many people believe in are too small or rather, he means to say people believe in the wrong god and he has the right god worked out. Here is a list of the wrong gods you may have believed in and that is why you are godless

  1. Resident policeman- you believed god was watching your every move. Wrong god
  2. Parental hangover- your parents were horrible, you think god is horrible. Wrong god
  3. Grand old man- everyone you respected was older than you. You think god is an old man in the sky. He is actually very young. Wrong god
  4. Meek and mild- you have had this said about Jesus. He was kickass. wrong god
  5. Absolute perfection- you were told go yea be perfect. You think god is perfect, it may not be the case. Wrong god
  6. Heavenly bosom. You read in the bible you can take your problems to the lord and think that is what god is. You are wrong. Deal with your shit
  7. God in a box. You were catholic and believed the only true god is the catholic god. You were wrong
  8. Managing director- you think because the universe is vast, god can’t know when you jerk off. Wrong god
  9. Second hand god-your idea of god is given through works of fiction. Too bad
  10. Perennial grievance- god has disappointed you once and this is what you think of god. Wrong god
  11. Pale Galilean- do I need say more
  12. Projected image- self explanatory
  13. God in a hurry- he wanted you yesterday. Wrong. He is a patient god
  14. God for the elite- you think god is for the saints and mystcis. Wrong god
  15. God of Bethel- Your god is god of the OT. Wrong god
  16. God without godhead- the kind of god Hart believes in. Ground of being kind of god. Wrong god
  17. Gods by any other name- you worship money, your wife/ husband. Here I would add that he claims man is a worshiping animal. Last I checked, we are social animals.

And I know you have been waiting for the real god all this time. It is Jesus. God become man and so on, died on a cross and resurrected kind of thing. To say this is a bad book, in my view, would be an understatement of the century. If you set out to tell us what the true god is, believing our conceptions of god are all wrong, I think you should do better than telling us this god is represented in Jesus. Your god is too small [pdf]

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

36 thoughts on “your god is too small: book review

  1. Arkenaten says:

    11. Is the best! Blues eyes, Floor-length nightshirt washed in Omo, shoulder length golden locks and neatly trimmed beard and breath like peppermint!
    And the credulous will lap this up like a kitten at a bowl of fresh cream.

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  2. I’m glad you posted this. I’m SO relieved to finally know the “True God”. Blessed be great thinkers and writers like this guy for thinking this all out for me. $Allahu Akbar$ 🙂

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  3. Ain't No Shrinking Violet says:

    I snorted my tea through my nose when I hit #5 (God is not perfect). WTF? So perhaps the author is admitting god fucked up the creation story when He separated day from night without making the stars (sun) first. Why call Him god at all then if He and His Word aren’t infallible?

    Then #1 (god is not a policeman) and #8 (god knows everything you do) seem to be in direct conflict with each other.

    #7 (god in a box) is also problematic, given how many christian denominations think the others are going to hell. GMF, anyone?

    Interesting and enjoyable synopsis, Mak. I’m just waiting for a christian to write a book that isn’t filled with contradictions and problems, but I suppose that doesn’t happen for a *reason*.


    • makagutu says:

      If the good book has contradictions galore, you will wait for a long time before a christian can write a book on christianity without contradictions.
      You can imagine what I did with my tea since I started reading the book yesterday!


      • Ain't No Shrinking Violet says:

        I just wasted a bit of my own time by reading the Perfection part of the PDF. The author wasn’t saying god wasn’t perfect…just that humans aren’t perfect, and that’s ok with god (typical christian fare). So that settles it then…there’s no problem with the creation story, the pentateuch, the discrepancies in the gospels, etc. Great! Christianity, I do return to thy bosom! (*snort*)


  4. What a disappointing climax.

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  5. john zande says:

    Why on earth did you even bother??

    Does he explain why Jesus (aka the god God) bumbled basic regional history?


  6. Ron says:

    I loved his closing disclaimer:

    “But if real Christianity fails, it fails for the same reasons that Christ failed—and any condemnation rightly falls on the world which rejects both Him and it.”

    It’s the perfect “get-out-of-theological-jail free” card: blame those who don’t embrace the convoluted logic and special pleading.


  7. A Guy Without Boxers says:

    And all the wrong people believe their god is the right god. Absolutely the wrong decision! LOL! Thanks for the review, O Sanctified One! Cool post, my Nairobi brother! 🙂


  8. it seems to be an entire book of a theist redefining their god and pretending that, since they’ve done so, it’s THIS one that really, honest and for true exists.

    With no evidence as usual that there was some magical man/god that existed.


    • makagutu says:

      He is convinced that the gospels are historical.
      What else would we expect from theists apart from redefition of their particular deity and its abilities


  9. Peter says:

    You know your God is too small if you laugh at this joke

    At a picnic for a Catholic school, the Mother Superior stacked a pile of apples on one end of a table with a sign saying, “Take only one apple please – God is watching.”
    On the other end of the table was a pile of cookies, on which a second grade student had placed a sign on saying, “Take all the cookies you want — God is watching the apples.”


  10. Sounds like a puke in my mouth worthy book.


  11. fojap says:

    My god may be small, but he is just the right size for me!

    I actually didn’t realize he had been incorporated into a video game until I started looking for a picture.


  12. Real real me says:

    Great review, I love your witty style, as always.


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