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"If people have had enough chicken soup for the soul, how about some Irish stew for the mind?" asks John Dominic Crossan in the introduction to his meaty new memoir, A Long Way from Tipperary: What a Former Irish Monk Discovered in His Search for the Truth. Crossan burst into the public eye in 1991 with the publication of his bestselling The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant. In this and subsequent books, Crossan's historical research has demonstrated the follies of both secularist denial and fundamentalist distortions of Jesus' significance. Tipperary is Crossan's memoir of the ways in which his personal experience "from Ireland to America, from priest to professor, from monastery to university, and ... from celibacy to marriage" have influenced his evolving understanding of who Jesus was. Crossan's struggle has always been to find a way of understanding Jesus that engages "both reason and revelation, both history and faith, both mind and heart." Here is his description of his ideal readers:
They are ... dissatisfied, disappointed, or even disgusted with classical Christianity and their denominational tradition. They hold on with anger or leave with nostalgia, but are not happy with either decision. They do not want to invent or join a new age, but to reclaim and redeem an ancient one. They do not want to settle for a generic-brand religion, but to rediscover their own specific and particular roots. But they know now that those roots must be in a renewed Christianity whose validity does not reject every other religion's integrity, a renewed Christianity that has purged itself of rationalism, fundamentalism, and literalism, whether of book, tradition, community, or leader.Those who recognize themselves in this passage will find hope and courage in Crossan's book. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Famous for his popular studies of the historical Jesus, Crossan here considers a question that many readers have long entertained: how did Crossan's own life shape the way he thinks Jesus lived? An intriguing question, but not one Crossan answers satisfactorily. The memoir fails to draw compelling connections between Crossan's own life and his Jesus, a radical egalitarian and social revolutionary. But if it does not do much to illumine his historical reconstructions of Jesus, it does offer a fascinating glimpse into the Roman Catholic ChurchAand particularly the Roman Catholic priesthoodAin the years surrounding Vatican II. The Irish Crossan was sent to boarding school as a child, and entered the Catholic priesthood. For a while, the priesthood was a good fitAthe Church sent him all over the world to study, encouraging his intellectual bent. He eventually left the priesthood because he knew that the Church would constrain what he could say as a scholar. (He now identifies with the Catholic tradition, but eschews the Catholic hierarchy, and never goes to church.) Occasionally an irksome self-importance sneaks into this memoir; Crossan never tires of informing us that he was featured on the cover of the Chicago Tribune magazine or interviewed by Terry Gross, and an entire chapter discusses his adventures as a "talking head." While this becomes tedious, readers who are curious about the thinkers and writers who are shaping contemporary religion won't want to miss this book. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you've read Crossan or have just heard about him, you may have wondered about his story. How did a monk from Ireland become a renowned Jesus scholar. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Cornwall
Now I know much more about this outstanding religious schola and the events that formed him. I wouldn't call this a profound book but it surely is interesting.Published 15 months ago by Meredith L. Adams
I've recently begun reading most of the books John Crossan has written. I first tried The Historical Jesus and gave up, but accidentally had also ordered Jesus, A Revolutionary,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dean P. Olson
I like to know more about him and this gem of book did the trick. He writes in a way that not simple and to the point. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dylan McNamara
While I respect those who would interpret the Bible literally, I believe that Crossan's book is useful in setting this historical period in the proper context.Published 19 months ago by Howard C. Ray
An enjoyable ramble thru Dominic's life and spiritual journey with some theology and history thrown in. Gives background to this well known teacher's theories.Published 23 months ago by Lucretia Martenet
John Dominic Crossan, co-founder of the Jesus Seminar and Professor Emeritus of De Paul University, is a best-selling author on books related to his thirty and more years of... Read morePublished on May 26, 2013 by V. Webb