Jesus for the Non-Religious

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Jesus for the Non-Religious

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Review: Spong identifies the source of religious intolerance as the “theistic” portrait of God, traditionally understood as a punishing parent figure. This gives rise to themes of guilt and degradation.  This religion-based anger is divisive and characterized by enmity for outsiders and strangers. However, Spong sees Jesus as the breaker of tribal boundaries. He presented to his disciples and others “a new and inclusive kind of life” outside of tradition and in solidarity with all people. Spong also sees Jesus as the breaker of prejudices and stereotypes, and this makes him relevant to our times when race, gender, and sexual orientation are the major areas where hatred divides people from each other. And, finally, there is Jesus as the breaker of religious boundaries, which was the thing that got him into so much trouble. The author concludes:

Jesus was not divine because he was a human life into whom the external God had entered, as traditional Christology has claimed; he was and is divine because his humanity and his consciousness were so whole and so complete that the meaning of God could flow through him. He was thus able to open people to that transcendent dimension of life, love and being that we call God.

This book study will be offered Fall 2013.