How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians Are Reclaiming Evangelicalism
Author: Deborah Jian Lee
Publisher: Beacon Press
Category: Social Science
Journalist Deborah Jian Lee ventures into the world of progressive evangelicalism and tells the stories of the young women and men--LGBTQ and straight; white, black, Asian, Hispanic, and indigenous--at the forefront of a movement that could alter both the face and the substance of religion in the United States.--From publisher description.
It is well-known that Jesus was Jewish and that there are considerable connections between the Old and New Testaments. This book details the astonishingly large number of these connections and reveals how much of what Jesus taught had already been written in the Old Testament. The fact that he was Jewish is often interpreted ethnically and not in terms of his religion. When the pagan additions to Christian doctrine are removed what is left is the teaching of a superlative Jewish prophet. What is revealed in this book is the unexpectedly large overlap between Judaism and Christianity. The main body consists of comparative quotes from the Old and New Testaments, followed by a chapter showing the darker side of Jesus' teaching, which is a result of his place, time and circumstances. There is a chapter quoting those teachings which transcend his circumstances and are his spiritual gift to humanity. The book ends by discussing antisemitism historically and includes an analysis of Nostra Aetate, the Catholic Church's alleged exoneration of the Jewish people from the attribution of eternal guilt for the crucifixion. Rescuing Jesus from Christianitywill appeal to readers with an interest in religion, spirituality and inter-faith communication.
David Friedrich Strauss's Das Leben Jesu kritisch bearbeitet (1835) brought about a new dawn in Biblical criticism by applying the 'myth theory' to the life of Jesus. Strauss treated the Gospel narrative like any other historical work, and denied all supernatural elements in the Gospels. Das Leben Jesu created an overnight sensation and Strauss became embroiled in fierce controversy. This earliest English version of 1846 was translated by the novelist George Eliot, and was her first published book.
In the twentieth century a number of novelists, artists, and filmmakers, resurrected the life of Jesus genre made so popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by Renan, Strauss, and others. In addition, novelists Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago, and Ricci have written their own "gospels." Burns' collection--taken from a conference at a 2004 regional SBL meeting--explores the ways in which these portraits of Jesus continue to fulfill the familiar observation that people tend to depict Jesus in their own image. In several of the portraits of Jesus, the artists offer a creative response to the realities of the human condition of our time.
Provides an analysis from an orthodox Christian view of the black, dread-locked Jesus taken from Christianity by the teachings of Rastafari, and an assessment of its significance for global Christianity. Is Rastafari simply a bizarre Christian cult, designed to fade if the Emperor never reappears?
Shows how the questions posed by Albert Schweitzer a century ago remain central today; sketches a profile of Jesus in terms of his prophetic praxis, his subversive stories, his symbology and the answers he gave to key questions, in a debate-igniting examination of Jesus' aims and beliefs, argued on the basis of his actions and their accompanying riddles. Reprint.
".....It's the story of the human race and God's unfailing presence. ...." "This fascinating account of humankind, from our beginnings in Africa seven million years ago to the present, blends history, anthropology, and spirituality to demonstrate that god has been and always will be with us. ...[from back cover]
Rescuing Our Country and Our Values from the Right : Strategies for a Post-Bush America
Author: Mark Ellingsen
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
Category: Political Science
Ellingsen critically examines how modern American politics relate to Jesus' vision of love and peace, questioning how Republican policies fit with the Christian values they espouse. He shows how people, regardless of political party, can embrace true Christian essentials in a way that authentically appeals not only to liberals but mainstream and even conservative Christians.
R.S. Sugirtharajah takes up the theory of postcolonialism as a way of looking at biblical interpretative practices in the Asian context. Postcolonialism is a discourse of resistance that tries to "write back" and work against colonial assumptions and ideologies. Long established in cultural studies, this is the first work to apply postcolonial theory to biblical interpretation. Sugirtharajah provides examples of how Asian Christians have used both indigenous and western critical methods to liberate the texts, and highlights the liberating potential of other sacred texts of Asia to meet the pressing problems of the continent.