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Jesus and the Gospel Movement: Not Afraid to Be Partners (ERIC VOEGELIN INST SERIES) Hardcover – April 1, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826216331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826216335
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,675,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jesus and the Gospel Movement is one of the most compelling interpretations of Jesus Christ that I have read in a long time. This is Thompson-Uberuaga at his best, combining an impressive scholarly rigor with a writing style that draws the reader into the author’s world as effectively as a fine painting or work of literature.  The book’s richness also derives, no doubt, from its interdisciplinary character, which generates rich, creative insights without sacrificing disciplinary depth.  By inviting us to look at the figure of Jesus in the context of his relationships, this work will be an important resource for challenging ahistorical, rationalist theologies and political theories that so often have destructive practical consequences.”—Roberto S. Goizueta, author of Caminemos Con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment  

“Thompson-Uberuaga’s fine work on Jesus and his movement is not a typical academic Christology, but a contemplative effort to take the Gospels seriously, not just as literature, but also as witnesses to the transforming experiences of their authors.  It is a book to be read contemplatively, digested like the monastic lectio divina, inviting the reader to a personal ‘participation’ in the Jesus story.  Drawing on the political philosophy of Eric Voegelin, the book is largely about relationships, particularly with a God who wants to be seen.”—Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., author of Who Is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology  

“Thompson-Uberuaga’s deeply learned book, a meditation on the dynamics of participation in Jesus’ ‘alternative community of inclusiveness,’ suggests that the founder of the Christian movement can be approached most adequately through a study of the relationships that shaped his personality and his commitments. Arguing that ‘privatizing Jesus’ removes him from his sociocultural matrix, Thompson-Uberuaga convincingly claims that examining Jesus in the context of his movement shows that the ‘intrinsic energy of Jesus’ work was toward inclusiveness.’ The author’s method, characterized as ‘contemplative maximalism and doctrinal minimalism,’ models a reflective contemporary participation and partnership in the Jesus movement.”—Margaret R. Miles, author of The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought

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William Thompson-Uberuaga is Professor of Philosophical Theology at Duquesne University and author of six previous books, most recently The Struggle for Theology’s Soul. He is also coeditor of Renaissance and Reformation, the fourth volume of Eric Voegelin’s History of Political Ideas (University of Missouri Press). He lives in Jeanette, Pennsylvania.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis J. Marshall on July 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Those who have read William Thompson-Uberuaga's previous works (e.g., Christology and Spirituality and The Struggle for Theology's Soul: Contesting Scripture in Christology) will find in this book, Jesus and the Gospel Movement: Not Afraid to Be Partners, the familiar meditative tone and cadences of a thoughtful and erudite scholar.

T-U's book is predicated upon a bet that an imaginative engagement with Christ through the perspective of relationships will yield a fruitful understanding of Christ's person and work and of our participation in the mystery of the Incarnation. Approaching Christology through relationality indicates that we might be in the realm of "low Christology" where Jesus' humanity is emphasized at the expense of his divinity. Relationality is not just only a sociological category, but also a theological one. T-U demonstrates the connections between Trinity and Christology. Since the Trinity is the epitome of relationality in love, and since the Incarnation is the full and definitive expression of that love in history, then relationality can and does become an effective point of departure for considering Jesus.

The focus of T-U's text is to consider not only how Christ interacts with us and shapes us through that interaction, but also how the interaction of others shaped Jesus himself. There are two difficulties with this approach. The first is that most of us read the Gospels with the idea that the primary and supremely important dynamic in our relationship with Christ flows in the direction from Christ to us. The second is that while there is much in the Gospel to account for Jesus' formative impact on those around him and subsequently on us, there is very little in the Gospels suggesting the reverse.
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Thompson-Uberuaga provides us with something unique and challenging in his work Jesus and the Gospel Movement: Not Afraid to Be Partners. Not offering the typical approach to the scriptural accounts of Jesus or what it means to follow the man from Nazareth, rather Thompson-Uberuaga invites the reader to explore these issues in an interdisciplinary manner that is both poignant and masterfully executed. He challenges the reader to approach the question of Jesus from the standpoint of his relationships with others in a way that is imaginative, insightful, and spiritually rich. He invites one to consider the meaning of discipleship through the concepts of participation and inspiration in ways that embrace the fiery breath of the Spirit. Thompson-Uberuaga's work is a Christological reflection of inclusiveness that is most welcome in a world that too often tends toward social, political, and religious exclusion. In this way, Jesus and the Gospel Movement would make an excellent choice for the graduate level course that is open to participating in Jesus' 'alternative community of inclusiveness' and embracing the hard questions such a reflection poses to Christianity and how to follow in Jesus' footsteps today both as individuals and especially as a community - that is, as Church.
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