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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (August 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600060676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600060670
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Was Jesus of Nazareth an irreligious agitator? Was his message more radical than we’ve been led to believe? Has the Christian religion missed the point?

Bruxy Cavey thinks so.

In The End of Religion, Cavey contends that the Jesus described in the Bible never intended to found a new religion; instead he hoped to break down the very idea of religion as a way to God. With a fresh perspective on biblical stories, Cavey paints a picture of the world God originally intended and still desires: a world without religion.

About the Author

Bruxy Cavey is the teaching pastor of The Meeting House, “a church for people who aren’t into church,” in the Greater Toronto Area, where spiritual seekers are encouraged to ask questions and develop a thoughtful faith. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Nina; three daughters, Chelsea, Chanelle, and Maya; Toby the wonder dog; and their hamster, Snowball.

Discover more at www.theendofreligion.org.

Customer Reviews

I first want to thank Bruxy Cavey for such well written book.
J. Trieglaff
I loved reading this book, and so did my Mom whom I gave a copy to.
Simon Miller
At first I was afraid to read this book, but I am very glad I did!
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Barrette on October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
FINALLY, a book that TRULY centers itself on Jesus. It strips away 2000 years of "Ianity" and leaves us with all that is Christ. All of this without offering this new book or its author as the answer and without creating further divisions in the church. Forget the clichés on the subject of Jesus and the church--THE END OF RELIGION leaves them no room--finally, Jesus without our baggage.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Parisi on September 20, 2007
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This book changed my life. Religion has become an unfortunate problem for all of us; however, most will not admit it. Bruxy has paved the way for all of us to see Jesus for real through relationships and through a deeper understanding of the Biblical text. I would recommend this to everyone whom belongs to a Christian denomination.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Campbell on May 24, 2010
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I can't thank the author enough for putting on paper what God has been speaking to my heart for years. His desire has always been for us to know Him personally and intimately. He is stirring up a generation of radical lovers who will no longer be satisfied to live as slaves to a loveless system that binds us up with legalities and empty tradition. God will be our reality...on earth as it is in heaven! If you are hungry to know God, and your spirit thirst for His living water, this book is for you. A quote from the book (p. 41): "Religion does not lead people to God any more than cups quench your thirst."
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Xert on October 20, 2007
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The chief reason it doesn't get five stars is that it's too short -- just as one's getting excited about seeing something in a new way the chapter ends and we're forced to move on. Orthodox without being ordinary, Bruxy presents an engaging case for Jesus v. Pharisees that's highly relevant to our culture today.

The book would make an excellent basis for a small group study, particularly for youth. Readers of any age will benefit, though more mature readers will need to branch off for deeper study. In this sense the book is somewhat "shallow" -- though not superficial -- in that issues tend to be discussed rather than explored and sometimes lack a broader doctrinal examination.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Weih on December 10, 2007
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This book was a great benefit to my ailing soul. I used to be a member of a christian church, some would consider a cult; afterwards an avowed agnostic and now a tepid agnostic Christian. This book has shown me that Christianity is not the Church and all entangled with it, but the relationship we build with Christ. I think that if I were to become a full fledged Christian, this book has helped me take a step toward that direction, more than any other Christian book I have ever read! That is saying a lot, since I have read an extensive amount of christian literature. I have purchased multiple copies to give to Christian friends and my family. Simply put, this book, has the potential to change the lives of those outside and inside the Christian relationship.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Baxter Evans on February 29, 2008
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I only wish there was a book like this available 30 years ago. What a difference it could have made in my life. Thank God it's here now, to help maybe (hopefully) multiplied thousands. I believe deep down that all of us who walk in relationship with Christ know that " religion", (in and of itself) never satisfies. Yet we burden ourselves with trying to measure up to the demands of it. Even without realizing it sometimes we juggle relationship with religion...(WILL NO MORE!!!). In this book Bruxy really brings to light the reasons why it doesn't satisfy. Thanks Bruxy for all the time you spent writing and researching this book. It's the most helpful book I've ever held apart from the scriptures themselves.
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46 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Tinker Grey on May 14, 2008
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I enjoyed Cavey's writing style and his friendly approach to his readers. Nevertheless, two sorts of problems ruined the book for me. The first sort is theological. The second is research oriented. If either of these problems didn't exist I might have been able to give the book 3 or 4 stars.

The major problem is a theological oversight. The elephant in the room that Cavey never addressed is that God himself created Judaism. God himself instituted rituals and rites. God demanded feast days and sacrifices. What was God's intent? Why did God create a religion just to overturn it? Why did the disciples immediately organize, create a hierarchy, and institutes rites (two sacraments everyone agrees on, more depending on your flavor of Christianity). There were deacons before the first martyrdom. They had apostles, elders (bishops), and deacons -- all found in Paul's letters. Did Jesus fail to teach his disciples that badly? Did the disciples fail to understand so catastrophically?

These questions may, more or less, have standard answers. But to not even address the issue is a rather major oversight.

Hence the title of my review: With such a glaring oversight, the only people this book should convince are those whose momentum climbing the fence will carry them over anyway.

The second sort of problem is research. The first issue that I recall is early in the book, Cavey claims that the water jars that contained the water that Jesus turned into wine were ceremonial in nature, and thus Jesus was defiling symbols of sterility for a life-affirming symbol. This is interesting and wonderful if true. I sure would like to have seen some sort of evidence beyond assertion that this is true. After all, guests would have needed water for drinking as well as rituals.
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