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In The Romance of Religion Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero-the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armor, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder, and joy.
Is religion no more than a fairy tale? No, it is more than a fairy tale-much more: it is all the fairy tales and fantastic stories come true here and now.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: W Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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C. S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true, and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king.
In The Romance of Religion Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic herothe hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armor, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder, and joy.
Is religion no more than a fairy tale? No, it is more than a fairy talemuch more: it is all the fairy tales and fantastic stories come true here and now.
"This book is witty, whimsical, and deadly serious. With panache and aplomb, Dwight Longenecker sets out to prove that Christianity is, in every sense of the word, fabulous. And does he succeed in his quest? I encourage you to read it to find out."
Michael Ward, senior research fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics, Houston Baptist University
"If you've never thought about the Christian faith as romance and story, then this book will introduce you to a whole new way of thinking."
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I think C.S Lewis would like this book.April 8, 2014Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think C. S Lewis would have liked this book.
My review isn't going to due this book justice, so let's not call it a review.
Let's call this an expression of appreciation because this book touched my heart.
The Romance of Religion is the case for Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, all of which wait for us when we open our eyes.
Now, don't those ideals make your heart leap? Doesn't it inspire you to think of living a life awakened to Beauty, Truth, and Goodness?
Don't those words whisper to you "This is what we need?"
Our world suffers from cynicism, which Dwight Longenecker defines as looking out a window and only seeing the pane of glass.
The problem with the cynic, he explains, isn't that they look too closely at reality, but that they haven't looked enough.
This is a book about how the Extraordinary is hidden inside the Ordinary, and about how we instinctively recognize that a great story will always reveals this to us.
We are inside a Story where there are heroes and villains, and both are made of the same flesh and bone.
We are in a Story of fate and destiny and deep magic and mystery.
There are secret Kingdoms and rebel armies and wild prophets and lost princes and imprisoned princesses.
There is blood shed and there are swords that cut and there are healers who can help mend us again.
There are journeys to go on and seas to sail and hearts to win, and battles inside our souls and outside the gates waiting to be fought.
The antidote to dullness and dissatisfaction is Romance, and that word encompasses so much more than you'd ever think.
If you're fascinated with words and legends and tales, if you're a seeker or a lover of Jesus, then you'll be richly blessed by this book.
My personal favorite part was about "Holy Wood and Hollywood," how we always need stories to feed our hearts, and the one thing that changes is who does the telling.
Thank you Booksneeze for my review copy.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5The Romance of ReligionApril 5, 2014gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3THE ROMANCE OF RELIGION
Fighting For Goodness, Truth, and Beauty
By Dwight Longenecker
The first thing I want to say is that I believe that Christianity is a faith and not a religion. Now that I said that, I agree that a romance is loving someone, wanting to be with that someone and wanting to protect or stand up for that someone. If being romantic in the Christian faith is loving the Lord, wanting to be with Him and willing to die for Him then we can or want to call it a romance. However, to turn it into a fairy tale type of romance, I disagree. The author's point of each chapter was understandable but I would start to lose interest as the chapter continued because of the comparison of religion to fairy tale romances and romantic writings. Many readers may find this book interesting because the author explains the meaning of being romantic and offer examples from many writings. The book, well written, and the author makes you realize that we need to look at religion in a different way than just a belief.
The author talks about heroes in fairy tales, romantic novels and movies, to me Jesus Christ is much more than any hero we can find in any story book or movie, Jesus Christ died for us and what we need to is love, worship and praise Him.
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