The Resource Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human, John Shelby Spong

Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human, John Shelby Spong

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Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human
Title
Jesus for the non-religious
Title remainder
recovering the divine at the heart of the human
Statement of responsibility
John Shelby Spong
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "Religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth, a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding, from the tale of Jesus' miraculous birth to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky. He questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, or that the miracle stories were ever meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first century synagogue. He proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world. -- Provided by publisher
  • Poses an argument for the importance of separating the teachings and examples of Jesus from the restrictive dogma of modern religious institutions in order to render Christ a more accessible role model
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
OCO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spong, John Shelby
Dewey number
  • 232.9
  • BT304.95
Index
index present
LC call number
BT304.95
LC item number
.S66 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ
Label
Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human, John Shelby Spong
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-308) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The lament of a believer in exile -- PART 1. SEPARATING THE HUMAN JESUS FROM THE MYTH. Introduction: Opening the door on a new quest -- There was no star over Bethlehem -- The parents of Jesus: fictionalized composites -- The historicity of the twelve disciples -- Miracle stories in the Gospels: are they necessary? -- Nature miracles: interpretive signs, not historical events -- Healing miracles: a vision of the Kingdom of God -- Did Jesus literally raise the dead? -- The Crucifixion narrative: liturgy masquerading as history -- The cross: told "in accordance with the scriptures" -- The eternal truth inside the myths of resurrection and ascension -- PART 2. THE ORIGINAL IMAGES OF JESUS. Introduction: Exploring the original images of Jesus -- The oral tradition: where was Jesus remembered? -- Jesus understood as the New Passover -- Jesus understood under the symbols of Yom Kippur -- Jesus as the Son of Man -- Minority images: the Servant, the Shepherd -- Jesus: a man for all Jewish seasons -- PART 3. JESUS FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS. Introduction: Jesus really lived -- Who is the God met in Jesus? -- Recognizing the sources of religious anger -- Jesus: the breaker of tribal boundaries -- Jesus: the breaker of prejudices and stereotypes -- Jesus: the breaker of religious boundaries -- The Cross: a human portrait of the love of God -- Epilogue: Christpower
Control code
ocm84911602
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 316 pages
Isbn
9780060762070
Lccn
2007296636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)84911602
Label
Jesus for the non-religious : recovering the divine at the heart of the human, John Shelby Spong
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-308) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The lament of a believer in exile -- PART 1. SEPARATING THE HUMAN JESUS FROM THE MYTH. Introduction: Opening the door on a new quest -- There was no star over Bethlehem -- The parents of Jesus: fictionalized composites -- The historicity of the twelve disciples -- Miracle stories in the Gospels: are they necessary? -- Nature miracles: interpretive signs, not historical events -- Healing miracles: a vision of the Kingdom of God -- Did Jesus literally raise the dead? -- The Crucifixion narrative: liturgy masquerading as history -- The cross: told "in accordance with the scriptures" -- The eternal truth inside the myths of resurrection and ascension -- PART 2. THE ORIGINAL IMAGES OF JESUS. Introduction: Exploring the original images of Jesus -- The oral tradition: where was Jesus remembered? -- Jesus understood as the New Passover -- Jesus understood under the symbols of Yom Kippur -- Jesus as the Son of Man -- Minority images: the Servant, the Shepherd -- Jesus: a man for all Jewish seasons -- PART 3. JESUS FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS. Introduction: Jesus really lived -- Who is the God met in Jesus? -- Recognizing the sources of religious anger -- Jesus: the breaker of tribal boundaries -- Jesus: the breaker of prejudices and stereotypes -- Jesus: the breaker of religious boundaries -- The Cross: a human portrait of the love of God -- Epilogue: Christpower
Control code
ocm84911602
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 316 pages
Isbn
9780060762070
Lccn
2007296636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)84911602

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