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Radical Christianity : peace and justice in the New Testament

Author: Daniel M Keeran
Publisher: Vancouver : Counsellor Pub., ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel M Keeran
ISBN: 0973454652 9780973454659
OCLC Number: 61476390
Description: 206 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Daniel M. Keeran.

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To download an electronic version of this book, copy and paste the following into your web browser or click on the hypertext: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/BookDetails.asp?BookID=35347&Origine=1718 The religion of Jesus Christ is different than the popular versions of Christianity seen today. From the close of the apostolic age the witness of the early Christian writings referenced in this volume, is clear regarding the role of rich and poor in the kingdom and the non-violent nature of Christian conduct. After the legalization of Christianity and decline of paganism in the fourth century, the church began to swell with rich and powerful members of Roman society. The church reacted to the compromise of its values, in the development of monasticism that allowed those truly devoted to God to maintain a poverty lifestyle while accommodating others in their lifestyle of comfort. Contemporary with this and in common usage today, a doctrine of justifiable warfare was defined by Augustine to support Christians as combatants in the military. History has shown that any war can be easily and subjectively spun as a war of defense against evils seen in any society. In spite of many dark pages of history, the implications of Jesus’ original message have not been lost. In his book The Tradition and History of Churches of Christ in Central Europe, Dr. Hans Grimm who was himself descended from twelfth century Christians in the Alsatian region of France, documents the faith and life of those who “resolved to stand by the Saviour’s way of non-violence” and held that “those possessing goods should live as though they possessed nothing.” The present volume is divided into three parts: the first addressing the radical principles of personal finance, the second pertaining to the non-violent way of the cross, and the third looking briefly at specific ideas created to live out the meaning of the crucified life of love for others. The second part includes a chapter on practical approaches for peacemaking in relationships as well as a concordance of words in scripture related to pacifism intended to assist the reader in further study of the biblical text in all its depth and impact “piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow” in the life of the disciple (Heb. 4:12). A Word of Caution In the application of radical Christianity, there are various dangers and pitfalls. There may be a tendency to interpret the teachings as requiring works in order to earn or deserve salvation. This view can be corrected by remembering the words of Jesus who said, “So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, we are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty” (Luke 17:10). In application of the principles in this book, the disciple may err in other ways. A few examples are: lending to those not truly in need, viewing all business ventures as wrong, seeking out persecution when it can be avoided to achieve the ends of the gospel, and giving away all of one’s income and assets leaving one completely dependent upon others. Other common errors are to use the peace and justice teachings as a personal attack on individuals or, conversely, to apply them to political systems rather than accepting them as an individual life style decision.

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