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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ Paperback – June 8, 2012
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About the Author
A former clergyman in the Church of England, Reverend Mark Townsend now leads his own inclusive and ecumenical ministry that nourishes a strong appreciation for the diversity of faith beyond Christianity, and which strives to honor the divine in all people, regardless of their faith, culture, sexuality or background.
A priest of the Open Episcopal Church and member of the Progressive Christian Alliance, in addition to being a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the author has been featured on the BBC and several other news programs throughout Britain. He is the author of The Gospel of Falling Down, and Jesus Outside the Box (O Books). He lives in Hereford, England.
Find out more at: http://www.marktownsendministry.co.uk.
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Top Customer Reviews
When Christian authors address a modern Pagan readership, they are supposed to state that we are well-meaning people in search of the Sacred. Those of a more fundamentalist stripe may go so far as to concede, amusingly, that we don't consciously engage in devil-worship. By the end of their essay, however, they will have told us that we are worshiping the Creation rather than the Creator. They will have suggested that Wicca in particular can be a gateway to other, more sinister forms of occultism.
Most of all, they will have stated clearly that Jesus is the ONLY way (John 14:6).
Thus, the author goes away content in the knowledge that they have fulfilled their `Great Commission' to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to unbelievers, and Pagans go away expressing their distaste for those who proselytise. Prejudices are reinforced, and everyone stays happy.
That is the way it is supposed to work.
Christian authors are not supposed to confess their outright attraction to earth-based spiritualities. They are certainly NOT supposed to use words like `Churchianity' to describe the shortcomings of their faith.
And it gets worse. Reverend Mark Townsend has collected essays by Pagan authors, leaders and interfaith representatives, inviting them to give their opinions of Jesus. People like Emma Restall-Orr, Maxine Sanders, Joyce Higginbotham, Janet Farrar, and Raven Grimassi.
The hide of the man!
In Townsend's words:
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Revd. Roger McClellan, Co-Founder and Moderator of The Progressive Christian Alliance
I am a Witch...and a Christian. It happens. It has taken me years to realize that there are folks out there who "get it"...who have more than just one way of seeing Jesus...who believe and accept "alternative" paths to the Divine...who try to understand. Mark's book made me feel at home, somehow.
Scholars, Christians, Pagans, and those who whisper and float and sift themselves back and forth through the veil can all read and learn and enjoy the beautiful way that Mark has succeeded in educating and entertaining us. His connection with some of the greatest and most respected teachers and elders of the Pagan world led to many revealing and brilliant interviews...and elicited insights and deeply personal stories that were inspirational and thought-provoking.
I believe that anyone who reads this book will appreciate Mark's warmth, charm, and accepting nature...they shine through on every page, with every interview, and are reflected in the respect and honesty accorded him by those whose remarkable relationships with (or without) Jesus he has captured in between the covers of this work.
Then, along comes 'Jesus Through Pagan Eyes' (after having gotten well into reading some of the other works by the Pagan elders highlighted in sections 2 and 3). First Mark Townsend dissects (creates a trinity!) Jesus into 3 parts: the human guy who lived; the Christ of the church and doctrine; and the universal or "cosmic" Jesus. Okay- now I get a lot of it because in 3 buckets it makes more sense: the flesh & blood who walked the earth and is part of history; the stories, canon, rules, and stuff that gets you in trouble when you can't help but stray; and the universal that makes sense to those who study eastern philosophy, or like me, believe that "God" (or the "Source") is bigger than our religions. "Who" gets to be "right"?-- LOTS of wars have been fought over this, huh? Well maybe (just maybe) there is isn't just "one" "right," and Mark Townsend has found a way to raise the question, without alienating bunches of people (and on purpose). The common threads are there if one looks as he does in this book (pgs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very, very interesting with a diversity of views and quite scholarly sound!Published 3 months ago by DIDI
My friend and I have enjoyed reading and discusssing this book.Published 3 months ago by Salina Lauter
I am still reading this but I am so amazed that how much this speaks to me. If you want an "out of the box" perspective on Jesus this is a good place to start.Published 7 months ago by Christine
I have not completed reading it, however, I find it fascinating and as validating much of what I also believed. Rev. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JHB
Excellent If could give them more stars I would and I would also recommend this book to any open minded personPublished 9 months ago by Rodney Knight
This was a very insightful and well put together book. The writing style was engaging and I especially loved the interviews towards the end of the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Chocolate Addict
Yet another lame attempt of Christians to both invade Paganism/Witchcraft/Wicca and try to shame it at the same time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bennu Phoenix
I have been a Christo-Pagan for over 30 years, honoring the legacy of the love and acceptance preached by Jesus along with my interaction with my own Pantheon of Celtic Deities. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Maureen Duffy
This is a wonderful book. If you are interested in the many faces of Jesus, here is one you may not have seen. Read morePublished 14 months ago by fredbuck1