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Becoming Human (Library of Living Faith) Paperback – April 1, 1982
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Te author starts with the story of `Legion', the Gerasene demoniac. Like him, we wear many hats, play many roles but sometimes wonder who we really are and how to live an authentic life.
To his peers, he was a worthless person to be shut away from normal society. Particularly bad for them, this worthless person led to the destruction of their property. The author reminds us of the USA's plan to invent a bomb that killed people whilst leaving property intact. What an inversion of values.
`Loser' is a word that has increased in usage since this book was written. The author reminds us that `losers' in one of Jesus's parables, was `the least of these my brethren', in other words, himself.
Being a Christian should lead to an inversion of our values system particularly where humans are concerned. Instead of mirroring secular, class society, the church should not talk so much of `the hierarchy but of `a rainbow of partnership.'
Jesus's encounter with the woman of Samaria shows that Jesus liked `uppity women'. This should challenge the gender roles still held by many people.
Unlike many animals, we take a long time to mature. We tell our stories, revise them and, by so doing, make sense of our existence. The Bible does the same and we need community to see our own roles in life.
If you like theologians like Moltmann, Phyllis Trible and Jon Sobrino, or you have heard of them and wonder what they've got to say, this book is for you.Read more ›