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About the Author

CHRISTIAN BUCKLEY is a husband, father, lawyer, entrepreneur, non-profit leader, writer, and follower of Christ. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a J.D. from UCLA. After leaving a successful corporate law practice behind to embark on a practical pursuit of discipleship, Christian founded thinkmoretruth.com, a platform where he hopes to inspire people to think and live outside the lines in devotion to Christ. He is also the co-founder of Glue Network and runs Covered Images, Inc. Christian lives in San Diego, California with his wife and children.

RYAN DOBSON is the founder of KOR ministries and the author of four books, incuding Be Intolerant. Through his podcasts, speaking engagements, and books, Dobson seeks to call Christians deeper into the ultimate adventure of following Christ.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802452639
  • ASIN: B0048BPTXK
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,490,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Triple R on January 25, 2011
Format: Audible Audio Edition
"Humanitarian Jesus" by Ryan Dobson and Christian Buckley is a two-part discussion about the "social gospel." The first part discusses the history of the social gospel and the way people approach the social gospel. Part two consists of interviews with various people and their views of how they reconcile the gospel and social justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Humanitarian Jesus." The authors approach was original and seemed "fair and balanced." The authors discussed how the Christians should approach the plight of the needy. They give the example of giving a homeless person a sandwich or a gospel tract. What should a Christian do first? The authors argue that conservative Christians focus more on evangelizing, but ignore the physical plights of the less-fortunate, while liberal Christians are quick to help those in need but sometimes compromise the need to share the gospel.
I especially found Part Two interesting. It was good to hear from the people themselves how they approach the social gospel issue. The authors interview, without bias, various people, some of which I have admired in the past and some of which I totally disagree.
Johnny Heller narrates the whole book. He has good pacing and expression. Even though he did a good job narrating Part Two by changing his accent or way of speaking to match that of the interviewee, I think it would've been better to have a second person narrating the interviewees.
"Humanitarian Jesus" is a thought-provoking book. Missions and outreaches have been a burden in my heart, but it wasn't until recently that I realized how important it was to evangelize also. You can't have one without the other. Sharing the gospel, but not caring about the physical needs is hypocritical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Golden Reviewer on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing thought provoking book. I liked it, but I didn't at the beginning. I thought this is another one of those books where the authors tell you all the good things they and their organization is doing for the poor and the environment. As I turned the pages I begin to understand how all the organizations are working throughout the world helping to alleviate some of the poverty. I did not always agree with their views or those of the interviews, CEOs and President, of various humanitarian organizations. You probably won't either, but they will get you thinking about the world's problems.

Jesus was and is the most humanitarian person ever. He fed the multitude, healed the sick/lepers, raised the dead and gave sight to the blind. He also walked away from a number of people without doing anything for them. Jesus did not come to feed the poor or take care of the environment. He came to save our souls (forgiveness of our sins) so we may have external life with our Savior. His main purpose was to proclaim God's salvation and His Kingdom. Jesus said there will always be poor among us.

As one interviewer pointed out - when we look at human suffering, we react, we don't respond, Most of the time this doesn't help. Another stated - don't look at the issue - look at the people. People are living in trash dumps, being sold into slavery, prostitution, dying daily by the thousands for lack of clean water, AIDS, etc,

The question is: do you feed the hungry and then talk about Jesus and forgiveness or do you talk about forgiveness and then fill their stomach. Maybe you feed them, plant a well for clean water and let someone else worry about their salvation.
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By J. Boyd on November 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
The following is an excerpt from a review I wrote elsewhere:

Breathing. This is the metaphor Gary Haugen uses to describe the relationship between social action and evangelism. Breathing requires two actions--inhalation and exhalation--and we who follow the example of Jesus must also embrace two actions: caring for people's physical needs while also addressing their eternal, spiritual needs.

The art and theology of living both dimensions at the personal level is the focus of Humanitarian Jesus. In Part One, Buckley explores the interplay between three truths--eternity is real, temporal investment is important, and every servant has a master. In addition to emphasizing the need for evangelism that speaks truth about Jesus and the eternal realities bound up in his cross, Buckley also argues with equal vigor that we must concern ourselves with humanity "because God cares about human suffering"(p. 65).

Part Two is a collection of 15 interviews conducted with a diverse group of Christian leaders, including notable professors (Tony Campolo and Ron Sider), pastors (Mark Batterson, Gilbert Lennox, Issac Shaw and Francis Chan), organizational directors (David Batstone, Jerry Wiles, Jim Moriarty, Franklin Graham, Gary Haugen, Rusty Pritchard, Brad Corrigan and Bryan Kemper), and activist and author, Mike Yankoski. Social issues addressed include slavery, clean water, poverty, human rights, the environment and abortion. Judging by these two lists, gender inclusion does not appear to be at the top of the authors' priorities.
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