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Christ actually : the son of God for the secular age

Author: James Carroll
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What can we believe about--and how can we believe in--Jesus Christ in light of the atrocities of the twentieth century and the drift from religion that followed? Here, James Carroll traces centuries of religious history and theology to face this core challenge to modern faith. Carroll's search is a highly personal one, beginning with a crucial received memory of Jesus that separates him from his essential identity  Read more...
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jésus-Christ; Jesus Christ.; Jésus-Christ
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Carroll
ISBN: 9780670786039 0670786039
OCLC Number: 870919604
Description: xiii, 352 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Christ actually. Operation Spark ; Religionlessness ; Jesus a Jew --
Personal Jesus. Where is God? ; Enchantment ; God's legs ; The search for meaning --
The first holocaust. The Jewish War ; The Temple in ruins ; The Temple as the cause of the Gospel ; Wartime literature ; Mark's apocalypse --
The Jewish Christ. Low christology ; A foreign country ; The one God? ; The Son of Man ; Your resurrection ; Precious disappointment --
Gospel truth. The meanings of Jesus ; Symbol of God ; Camera in the tomb ; Apart --
Jesus and John. Eternal thou ; Friend or foil ; Time and end time ; Pacifism ; The commissioning death --
Thou art Peter. Be not afraid ; Not I, Lord ; Peter stood --
The real Paul. Chronology matters ; God suffers with you ; Paul and Rome ; Not a Christian ; The fate of Carthage --
The women, too. Misogyny ; Discipleship of equals ; Dishonoring her ; Mary of Magdala --
Imitation of Christ. Compared to Him ; After Schweitzer ; Quality of suffering ; The left cheek ; In the cloud --
Because God lives. The future of Jesus Christ ; A simple faith.
Responsibility: James Carroll.

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What can we believe about--and how can we believe in--Jesus Christ in light of the atrocities of the twentieth century and the drift from religion that followed? Here, James Carroll traces centuries of religious history and theology to face this core challenge to modern faith. Carroll's search is a highly personal one, beginning with a crucial received memory of Jesus that separates him from his essential identity as a Jew, and therefore as a human. The divinity of Jesus trumped his humanity, including his Jewishness. Yet if Jesus was not taken as divine, he would be of no interest to believers. Thus Carroll takes the God-man question head-on, restoring its perennial answer, but in a new way. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship as well as his own acute searching, Carroll shows how faith in Jesus evolved in the first place. His fresh reading of the Gospels reinstates the context of the Romans' effectively genocidal war against the Jews, a first Holocaust that profoundly distorted the Christian memory of Jesus. In this retrieval, the great characters in Jesus' story, from John the Baptist and Peter to Paul and the various Marys, come to life in a new context. Far from another book about the "historical Jesus," Christ Actually takes the challenges of secularism seriously. The new fact of the human condition, that we are capable now of bringing about the extinction of our species, must change the meaning of faith. Humans of all stripes continue to long for the transcendent, and it is as a figure of transcendence that Jesus Christ most compellingly stands. Finally, Carroll retrieves the power of Jesus' profound ordinariness, his simple life and his call to imitate him, all suggesting an answer to Carroll's own last question--what is the future of Jesus Christ? This book points the way. --From publisher description.

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