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What could have been a dry rehashing of the obvious in the places of worship that they visited opens instead like a long conversation between two new friends who share a very open dialogue concerning matters of faith. Whether you agree with everything taught at these churches or not, Jim and Casper Go to Church gives you a glimpse inside some of the highest profile places and movements in contemporary American religion, including T.D. Jakes' Potter's House, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Complex, and Erwin McManus' Mosaic. Casper's blunt assessments sometimes collide with Jim's assumptions about how the services are perceived, but they maintain an informative and friendly discourse covering a lot of ground in the debates of relevancy inside church communities and how well churches embrace unbelievers inside their sanctuaries.
|Title: Jim and Casper Go to Church|
By: Jim Henderson, Matt Casper, George Barna
Number of Pages: 170
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2007|
Stock No: WW313310
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- Unique perspective of both Christian and atheist on the church and Christians in the USA
- Intelligent and respectful, seeking dialogue between key characters
- Helps the Christian understand the change in attitudes and actions required when shifting from defending the faith to defending sacred spacefrom talking to listening, from strength to weakness, from debate to dialogue, from manipulation to intentionality
Author: Matt Casper
Located in: San Diego, CA
Submitted: September 02, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently an atheist and the co-author of "Jim & Casper Go to Church." I am happily married and have two children. My wife is a believer (in a "higher power") and my kids are curious. My goal is to let them decide for themselves. The last thing I want to do is indoctrinate them in any belief system other than "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
What was your motivation behind this project? My own curiosity. I live in a country (USA) that's 80% Christian and I wanted to learn more about these people and their faith.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they'll more truly follow the words of Jesus. Even though I don't believe he was the son of god (as I don't believe in gods of any kind), I do believe he walked the earth and I do believe he knew a lot about how people should treat each other (so did Buddha, Gandhi, Noam Chomsky, and many other folks, too).
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Phew... where do I begin? I have learned so much about myself, my family, my countrymen, and the history of faith that it would take another book to explain... and I plan on writing that book, too.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My influences... my parents, the town where I was raised (West Hartford, CT), the authors I have read, such as Philip Roth, Bukowski, Raymond Carver, Sartre, Russell, Shakespeare), the music I love (Beatles, Pixies, Fugazi, etc.). I am always open to new influences and learning more about as much as possible... I think that's the key to loving life.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: As mentioned in one review, my opinion is merely my own. I do not speak for any atheist groups or anyone else. I continue to hope that the book is seen not as "Matt Casper's take on what the church does wrong," but "re-visit what Jesus asked people to do... really work at being objective... remember that faith is only that: faith. Your belief in god does not mean it's true for everyone, so please respect that..."
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