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Jesus Today: A Spirituality of Radical Freedom Paperback – Deluxe Edition, September 21, 2006
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In 2003, the South African government awarded him the Order of Luthuli in recognition of "his lifelong dedication to the struggle for democracy, human rights and justice and for challenging the religious dogma including theological justification of apartheid." The award is named after Chief Albert Luthuli, South Africa's first Nobel Peace Prize winner.
In this long-awaited sequel, Nolan describes the modern signs that underlay our spiritual hunger: the crisis of individualism, ecological breakdowns, the global divide between rich and poor, our unprecedented skepticism and a disconnect with our past and our failing efforts to reconnect through fundamentalism and Neo-conservatism.
Besides spiritual hunger we face the crisis of individualism that is ending up in a cultist worship of the ego and the erosion of community. People have fewer friends than they did 20 years ago and this rising disconnect can be seen in the growing prevalence of anger and anxiety. The hunger for spirituality is a hunger for freedom from materials, self-indulgence, postmodernism, oppression, and individualism. It is a freedom from self-sufficiency, independence, and separation that have brought us to the edge of chaos.Read more ›
In short --- the book "resurrects" Jesus into the modern world without diminishing his stature.
The book is divided into three sections: The first presents a depiction of the present day world. The second paints a picture of Jesus' spirituality that can be seen by reading carefully the gospels. Third, Nolan describes a spirituality which will be meaniningful in part or in toto for the readers themselves to follow.
Albert has a unique style - easy reading and yet very profound thoughts that reach the heart of the reader.
Among the signs of our times there is the growing separation of spirituality from religion. Yet the author doesn't wish to divide or antagonize, but to unify. He wishes to do away with the body-soul dualism, as well as with individualism which separates us from other people, and tends to destroy our human community and its natural environment. He wants to reconcile science and spirituality since modern scientists, like theologians, can't always say for sure what they actually know.
Jesus appears to be turning the world upside down, and yet he actually turns it right side up by ridding it from the illusions and distortions of the ego, in order to transform it into the kingdom of God.
All along the book the author explains how we are actually one with ourselves, one with the other human beings, one with the universe and one with God. And he says that once we make this experience of oneness we will find it gloriously liberating.
We will recover our real identity, not as separate individuals, but as persons who are part and parcel of the whole human community.
What we should seek is not freedom for our ego, but freedom from our ego, so that we become free to act according to the will of God.
Easy to read and gratifying
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Very timely topic. Care of creation and responsibility for its improvement. Much food for thought.Published 4 months ago by Gilda
Very informative and thought provoking. We used this at our book club and we were surprised to find out so many amazing facts about the environment. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ann Francis
While the title says, "A spirituality of Radical Freedom" it is not spirituality Nolan is interested in, and it is not theology in which Nolan shows his proficiency. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shawn B. in Georgia
Nolan's books are always challenging and insightful. You don't have to agree with him, but he sure helps you think out of the box. Needs a study guide for small groupuse.Published 12 months ago by Marilyn L. Mack
Excellent book for understanding the challenges facing the Catholic Church today.Published 15 months ago by Rita Larivee
We need to respond to present needs with present knowledge. This is the spirit of the second Vatican council. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rev. Andrew L. Szebenyi
This is an excellent book. You can tell that Nolan had poured over the manuscript over and over again. Each paragraph has a purpose. There is no fluff. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amos Smith
Excellent extrapolation on Jesus' spirituality. I trust Nolan's scholarship. Easy to read. There's a way to end the chaos.Published 18 months ago by Audrey