Peter Rollins believes the Christian faith has meaning only if it affects the way that followers of Jesus live their lives. For many who are not Christians, a "faith" otherwise would appears all-too commonplace and no different than anything else. In the The Orthodox Heretic Rollins has crafted a series of parables that shatter these commonplace realities and demonstrate how genuine faith is radical-and has never been concerned with escaping the world we inhabit, but rather, engaging it more fully. A genuine Christian faith has never capitulated to injustice but to the contrary has fought against it at every turn. In opposition to those who would claim that Christianity embraces God at the expense of a suffering world, Rollins shows how the true believer only embraces God inasmuch as he fully embraces our needy world.
Rollins has already established himself as a major voice and an astute, generative force within the emergence Christianity. The Orthodox Heretic is his most accessible and engaging work to date." - Phyllis Tickle In this bold new book Peter Rollins presents a vision of faith that has little regard for the institutions of Christendom. His uncompromising critique of religion, while often unsettline, is infused with a deep and abiding love for what it means to genuinely follow Christ. Pete Rollins writes with clarity and compelling conviction." - Frank Schaeffer "I remember driving around Belfast with Pete, sitting in the front seat listening to him tell these parables that he'd writtenthinking, Everybody needs to hear these.' And now you can." Rob Bell, author of Jesus Wants to Save Christians
Peter Rollins has a B.A. in Scholastic philosophy, an M.A. in political theory and criticism, and a Ph.D. in postmodern theory. He is the founder of the Ikon community in Northern Ireland (a group which describes itself as iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing) and a working philosopher who has come to believe that the emerging church presents a singular, unprecedented opportunity to transform the theological and moral architecture of the Christian community.
Don't be fooled by the slender spine of this unusual book. Rollins, the Irish philosopher/po-mo theologian who has previously published How (Not) to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal, upends some of Christians' most cherished platitudes about God in his newest outing. He cautions readers that the book is not to be read quickly, for acquiring information, but to be savored slowly for possible transformation. Mostly, the book lives up to this billing. Rollins recasts some of the most familiar parables of and stories about Jesus, sometimes subversivelyas when he proposes a version of feeding the 5,000 that shows Jesus and his disciples pigging out on meager resources while the multitudes look on, starving. His point? That Christians are the body of Christ, and when we oppress the poor and hoard scarce resources, we are saying that represents the kind of God we serve. Although not all of the parables work equally wellsome could use further illuminationRollins is a tremendously talented writer and thinker whose challenges to Christianity-as-usual should be well-received by the emergent church crowd, if not beyond. (Apr. 1) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.