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The Other Jesus: Rejecting a Religion of Fear for the God of Love
Westminster John Knox Press / 2011 / Paperback
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According to recent surveys, many Americans associate the label "Christian" with judgmental attitudes, hypocrisy, and a commitment to right-wing politics. In The Other Jesus, 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. Personal and moving, this book relates the author's personal experience of growing up in--and leaving--a disapproving conservative church and then finding his way back to a different kind of Christian community, which is communal, missional, just, and loving.
According to recent surveys, many Americans associate the label "Christian" 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 "right" beliefs. Rather it is centered on loving each other and loving God, what Garrett calls "love where the rubber meets the road, where faith meets the world."
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.
Greg Garrett is the author of We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel according to U2; The Gospel according to Hollywood; Holy Superheroes! Revised and Expanded Edition: Exploring the Sacred in Comics, Graphic Novels, and Film; and Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief. He is a novelist, a professor of English at Baylor University, the writer-inresidence at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, and a licensed lay preacher in the Episcopal Church.
"With all the customary grace and conversational style his readers have come to expect, Greg Garrett delivers again. Powerfully persuasive and a delight for the mind and soul to consider." Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and The Divine Hours.
"Greg Garrett is both a gifted writer and a deeply thoughtful follower of Christ. Whenever I read his work, I find a rare and moving mix of honesty--sometimes painful honesty--and tested hope, each made more vulnerable by the other." Brian D. McLaren, pastor, activist, and author of A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus
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