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Whose Gospel?: A Concise Guide to Progressive Protestantism (Whose Religion?) Hardcover – January 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Whose Religion?
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595583971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595583970
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forbes, former pastor of the famously ecumenical Riverside Church, looks back over his life as a pastor and a black man to make a strong connection between the gospels of Christian faith and life as lived in a dynamic and changing world. As he examines issues of faith and values, he offers a primer for progressive churches and individuals on six issues: sexuality, gender equality, racial justice, economic class, war, and the environment. Forbes recalls his personal struggle with the traditions of the conservative Baptist church of his childhood and requests by gay couples for services, from communion to marriage rites. He parallels the lifelong development of individual sexuality with the challenge of dealing with church members’ sexual issues. On the issue of race, Forbes juxtaposes the gospel of racial exceptionalism so embedded in American culture against the gospel of human equality. Forbes intersperses passages from the Bible with his experiences to offer a full and compelling look at making faith and humane ideals real in the lives of church members and the nation. --Vanessa Bush

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A passionate call to justice from the figure Newsweek calls "one of the twelve most effective preachers in the English-speaking world"

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Twice named by Ebony as "One of America's Greatest Black Preachers"

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A must-read book. . . . The reader is introduced to a host of images and scenes that illuminate the text and deliver it face to face with the local and global issues of our time.
--REV. DR. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL, FORMER GENERAL SECRETARY, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES IN CHRIST USA


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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Klagge on April 27, 2010
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Rev. Forbes is my favorite preacher! Unfortunately his writing is not as good. Perhaps the book is just too broad for my taste and I was expecting too much. It was more about how a liberal could find some resources and comfort in Protestantism. It does not grapple deeply with the Bible. But if you ever get a chance to hear him speak or preach--jump at it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By setaglm on August 17, 2011
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it was after doing some research on the united church of christ that i discovered dr. james forbes and his book, "whose gospel?" what great insights and gently presented material on some hard issues. i appreciate that dr. forbes lays out his perspective based on his knowledge of the bible and his research and leaves the reader to sit with what he has offered. i think that any believer who is stuck on a particular 'ism' can benefit! thorough, concise and well thought out perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lin squire on May 10, 2012
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This was a good read and is something that is very much needed in this time of religious and political conflict. Discussion and conversation on some of the more divisive issues is crucial. This book is a start in the right direction. I personally would have liked to see greater depth into the "progress" of his thinking. To me it was too general and not enough specifics (for example in regards to environmental concerns...it is not enough to say we must be environmentally aware. Dating back to Rachel Carson is good, but what does he stand for TODAY?)... I'm glad I read this book & recommend it as a starter book. Much more needs to be said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith) on February 29, 2012
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Whose Gospel? is a thoughtful, constructive, and pastoral introduction to progressive Protestantism in the early twenty-first century. Written in a style that is inviting and accessible, Forbes shares parts of his own journey of faith within the context of explaining what he views as six key issues for progressive Protestants: sexuality, gender equality, racial justice, economic class, war, and the environment. Beginning with the assertion in the introduction that "Jesus was progressive," he builds a sound modern, sociological, and theological case that invites all readers to consider finding their spiritual home within this tradition (p.2).
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I find all of James Forbes' books to be helpful in presenting a progressive expression of the Christian faith, one that seems to get little validation from the media as the they tend to accept the "religious right" culture of the United States as the "true" expression of the faith. I did wish he would have spent a little more time telling us about his conversion regarding LGBT issues as I think it would be so helpful for those who are open to another point of view but feel trapped by the methodology they have learned for interpreting the Bible.
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