Lawless Tradition

God's Victory Despite Christendom's Failure

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
190 Pages
Reviewed on 10/14/2023
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Reviewed by Joseph Ogbonna for Readers' Favorite

Lawless Tradition: God's Victory Despite Christendom's Failure by P.D. Blackwell discusses the historic Christian connection to pagan theology—a familiar subject written about in many scholarly works. This book reveals God's Identity, God's true worship, and the lawless corruption within Christianity. The first phase of this book focuses on how culture, the language of translation, and the misinterpreted meanings of biblical words have altered the perception of God and our relationship with him. Chapter five of this work intentionally emphasizes clarifying the name of God. This is because many Christians have mistakenly attributed the names meant for other gods to God Almighty, instead of God's original name "Yahweh."

Lawless Tradition is a relevant and timely answer to many of the questions facing Christianity today. It touches on significant points, such as the deviation of Christianity from its sole purpose and the mistaken identity of its founder (God). Regardless, P.D. Blackwell’s zeal to draw all believers back to the ancient path of worship shines through in this exhilarating work. As a Christian, I understood some of the issues on a deeper level, particularly the molding of the faith by corrupt humans into something more pleasing to themselves, which they used to gain authority over others. I also loved how the author emphasized the need to address God by His name (Yahweh) because His reputation is connected to His name. Lawless Tradition has exposed me to some truths about Christianity and also provided answers to questions I didn’t know I had about my faith. Whether you are a regular believer who wants to practice true Christianity, or you are just curious about the pagan traditions hiding the truth about God and Jesus, you should be reading this gem of a book by P.D. Blackwell.

Philip Van Heusen

P. D. Blackwell takes a deep dive into word meanings and cultural context in Lawless Tradition: God’s Victory Despite Christendom’s Failure. Analyzing Greek and Hebrew words and taking the reader back to the original cultural understanding of the words, Blackwell shows the pagan influence on modern Christianity. He thoroughly explains his research and includes a large number of Scriptures. By explaining how those who were alive while the Scriptures were written understood the words, Blackwell draws the reader back in time to better understand what and who God is (Yahweh). Reading this, you will be challenged to think and re-evaluate your understanding of who God and Jesus Christ are. Is the Trinity a biblical concept, and if not, was Jesus just a prophet or something better? Keep an open mind as you read this book and let the facts lead you to the truth.

P. D. Blackwell writes Lawless Tradition in an academic style that is sure to engage your mind as you think through the implications of a clearer understanding of what various words in the Bible mean. Blackwell has studied theology for over forty years and this book is an overview of the insights he has gained through his studies. Explaining in easy-to-understand terms how to develop a first-century understanding of Greek grammar and ancient Hebrew words, Blackwell leads to a logical conclusion. You may disagree with his conclusion, but you will appreciate his honesty and scholarly studies. One topic many will find difficult to comprehend is that being a son of God does not make that person God. Blackwell’s intention is to bring Christianity back to its origin and correct the corruption that has crept into the faith since the early church councils.

Asher Syed

In Lawless Tradition, author P.D. Blackwell addresses the interplay of culture, language, and religion in the evolution of Christianity. Blackwell emphasizes the need to comprehend religious scriptures within their original time and linguistic contexts. Biblical passages are scrutinized, notably John 10:30, as signifying unity of purpose rather than equality between Jesus and God. Blackwell explores concepts like the "Image of God," the meanings of "spirit" in different languages, the idea of the Holy Spirit in Christian doctrine, and the distinctions between "soul" and "spirit." Passages are aligned, like John 1:1, with Hebrew theology, underscoring the unique roles of God and Jesus in Christian theology. Throughout, Blackwell maintains a clear separation between God the Father and Jesus the Messiah, advocating a unitarian interpretation of Christianity focused on the relationship between God and Jesus as Father and Son, emphasizing Jesus' humanity, and following his example of faithful obedience to God.

Lawless Tradition: God's Victory Despite Christendom's Failure by P.D. Blackwell was immediately of interest to me because I have found that the most critical point that non-Christians make against Christianity, whether intended in good spirit or not, is the argument of Jesus and God being Father and Son, but also still being the same. Blackwell provides a thorough, consistent, and well-supported interpretation of the text to reinforce the distinction between God and Jesus within a unitarian theological framework. Most importantly, from a literary standpoint, Blackwell writes in a way that is accessible. We don't need to pretend that most analyses of any topic are often so weighed down by flowery words that they are overwhelming to the layman. In truth, I'm not a Christian at all, and everything that Blackwell states makes sense and answers a lot of questions I had. The standout chapter to me is Jesus in Paul's Letters, where God raising Jesus from the dead proves God's authority and role in Jesus' resurrection, underscored by verses like Romans 10:9 and Galatians 1:3-5, where God's actions are central. This is a solid book with so much scriptural backing and commentary from theologians to support its interpretations that it cannot be reasonably ignored. Very highly recommended.