According to recent surveys, many Americans associate the label qChristianq with judgmental attitudes, hypocrisy, a fear of hell, and a commitment to right-wing politics. Author Greg Garrett suggests another way, arguing that a faith that focuses solely on personal morality and the afterlife misses much of the point of Jesus' message. This other way of following Christ is not concerned with an array of commandments or with holding the qrightq beliefs. Rather it is centered on loving each other and loving God, what Garrett calls qlove where the rubber meets the road, where faith meets the world.q Personal and moving, the book relates Garrett's experiences growing up in--and leaving--a disapproving conservative church and then finding his way back into a different kind of Christian community, one that is communal, missional, just, and loving. Garrett draws on popular culture to illustrate his spiritual points, showing how authentic Christian truth can be found in unlikely places.These Desert fathers and mothers lived in an era in which their countercultural faith had suddenly become the official religion of ... And yet, how can we truly know ourselves unless we turn off the TV and computer, unplug the iPod, and stop moving at light speed for a moment? ... Thoreau was not a Christian, as we understand classic confession, but he was a person of great insight and spiritual wisdom.
|Title||:||The Other Jesus|
|Publisher||:||Westminster John Knox Press - 2011-02-08|