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Rescuing Jesus from the Christians-Clayton Sullivan

  • Title: Rescuing Jesus from the Christians
  • Author: Clayton Sullivan
  • Released: 2002-03-01
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  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1563383802
  • ISBN13: 978-1563383809
  • ASIN: 1563383802

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From Library Journal This engaging and convincingly written work of personal and pastoral theology helps free Jesus from orthodox Christian dogma. Southern Baptist minister Sullivan offers four simple strategies that probably won't strike sophisticated readers as revolutionary but may come like a thunderbolt to churches in his denomination and others. Sullivan is to be commended for his sound common sense and effective writing. For most collections.
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From Sullivan says he writes "for reflective laypersons who are not satisfied with the belief system they encounter in orthodox Christianity" rather than for academics or clergy. It appears, however, that he writes for laypersons who have just begun their reflection, with no knowledge of biblical scholarship and no more knowledge of theological tradition than might be derived by an uncritical ear from Sunday morning sermons in an evangelical congregation. Since Sullivan comes out of a Southern Baptist tradition and writes at least in part as a response to that denomination's fundamentalist turn, dissatisfied members of that tradition may be the audience he really has in mind. Readers will encounter here a rudimentary summary of historical Jesus research, an introduction to the longstanding distinction between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith, and an invitation to participate in a Christianity measured more by its social engagement than by its theology or its attitude toward the Bible. Steven Schroeder
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