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Jesus Without Religion: What Did He Say? What Did He Do? What's the Point? Paperback – August 12, 2007
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James contends that not only has centuries of religion reshaped our modern image of Jesus but the contemporary media is culpable as well. While James may not have all the answers to those questions about Jesus that neophyte believers have, he does provide a starter tool for developing a clearer picture of the biblical Jesus. For the more mature believer, an appendix to the book shows how it can best be implemented for the purposes of more clearly explaining this to others. (Jim Miller Book Review, July 8, 2009)
James utilizes Scripture, Jewish tradition, and Roman writings to give a simple rendering of the impact that Jesus of Nazareth has made on humanity. (Glen H. Jones, Pulpit Helps, June 2008)
Where James excels is in his ability to put things in laymen's terms for people. He provides the whole story of Jesus in a relatable format for seekers and new believers. (C. E. Moore, The Christian Manifesto, January 1, 2008)
Writing primarily for seekers and new believers, Rick James helps remove those barriers by presenting Jesus' words and actions in the ever-important context of the culture in which He lived. James writes in an engaging, accessible style designed to appeal primarily to the Campus Crusade and InterVarsity demographic. Even so, all but the stodgiest post-college readers should appreciate his sense of humor and understand his contemporary cultural references. For those seekers who are almost there but not quite ready to commit, Jesus Without Religion is a good supplementary read. It may not answer all their questions about Jesus, but it hits the high points and does so in a thoughtful but easy-to-understand way. (Marcia Ford, FaithfulReader.com, January 2008)
Rick James takes a fresh approach in Jesus Without Religion. James employs the powerful tools of sarcasm, wit and irreverence, as well as a deep understanding of the context of first-century Palestine and how it collides with our 21st-century world . . . it will make your unchurched, pre-churched, and post-churched friends rethink this Jesus of Nazareth. (Youth Worker Journal, Nov/Dec 2007)
James makes plenty of pop culture references and writes in a sometimes slangy style, but his views are orthodox and he desires his readers to know Christ and embrace the gospel. (World, July 21, 2007)
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Writing primarily for seekers and new believers, Rick James helps remove those barriers by presenting Jesus' words and actions in the ever-important context of the culture in which He lived. James strips biblical stories of their distortions, lays them bare and then clothes them with insights into the meaning that would have been clearly understood by the people of Jesus' time.
Example: the parable of the Good Samaritan. Seekers --- if they've ever heard the actual account at all --- may come to the story with some vague understanding that Jesus was making a point about how we should treat each other. Good point, but not the main one. The main point, as James describes it, was an "insulting kick in the groin" to the priests and Levites scattered among the crowd that was listening not to a morality tale told by Mr. Rogers but to a scathing indictment leveled by the King of kings. The priest and Levite in the parable ignore the victim on the road due to their blind allegiance to the Law; by contrast, the Samaritan, so despised by the Jews, goes above and beyond in helping the man. James's point is clear: this is a picture of Jesus without religion. And its meaning was not lost on the Jewish religious leaders who heard the parable.Read more ›
This book is an introduction to Jesus, to the real Jesus, the one you meet in the pages of the Bible. It isn't about the latest alleged discovery. It isn't yet another expose on who Jesus really was. It is a clear, readable presentation of what the Bible says about Jesus, and an observation that the story we find there is actually pretty persuasive. There is no denying the impact Jesus has had on the world. Who hasn't heard his name? Who doesn't at least have some idea that he was some great religious teacher who lived long ago? Get rid of the vague notions you have about Jesus and get introduced to the Jesus of the Bible. If you haven't met the real Jesus, or if you aren't sure that you have, then this book is for you.
One last tip: read the preface too. And the appendix.
The writing style was very accessible. The author uses very conversational language and references many contemporary objects and themes. He also lets his personality come through as he narrates the subject matter, filling it with humorous asides and anecdotes. The tone of the book is light and easy to read even though the material itself is definitely treated seriously and with respect. It's a book about Christ that's not going to be heavy and intimidating to a casual reader.
Being fairly religious myself and having taken formal scripture courses over the years, I found a lot of what is presented to be things I'd already learned. There were a few things that he presented in a new light and with interesting insights that I hadn't thought about. There were a few points that seemed contrary to things I'd learned and as such I'm now motivated to do my own study to set myself straight.Read more ›
The book ends with asking the question, "What was the point?" He highlights the theological concepts of redemption and grace. Although, his treatment of these concepts were adequate I felt the chapter was lacking. I think it may have been intentionally lacking. As I imagine recommending this book to those trying to figure out who Christ is, I always intend there to be a follow-up conversation to unpack what was read. The last chapter gives ample room for unpacking.Read more ›
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the books great, it was in good condition and would recommend to all.amazon is a great place to find books at a fair price.Published 23 months ago by MARC WEARN
dowloading was easy and I even have on IPhone so the book isa great read if you are learing ministryPublished on December 11, 2012 by BWatson
Jesus Without Religion is an Intervarsity publication, and as straightforward as I would expect from that group. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by R. Sherwood
The book clearly pushes the agenda that Christ is messiah and such. It has to, because the Gospels are part of the Bible, and the author builds on that. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by M3nt0R
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