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Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don't Like Christianity Paperback – January 10, 2011
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Roger puts it this way in his opening chapter: "I discovered the disappointing gap between idealistic notions of what the Church can and could be - and the decidedly non-ideal, petty, political, conflicted, dysfunctional beautiful messes that most of them are" (45). Hopefully, that doesn't put you off...particularly since Paul Tillich voiced similar sentiments in his History of Christian Thought: "...the gap between its claim and its reality." Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski has said the same about primitive religions. So, Roger is in good company.
Progressive Christianity seeks to develop a something other than a religion about Jesus. It focuses on the religion of Jesus: "his actual beliefs, practices, and lifestyle" (58). Sanctification is at its core: the slow gradual growth towards Christ-likeness in individual piety and social justice. Not one of the other. Both. Progressive Christianity is more tolerant for the sake of inclusion, reconciliation, and healing.Read more ›
bottom line-- this book was so encouraging, and i will be recommending it to all i come in contact with. :D
Though the media prefers to present the shrill and abrasively loud fundamentalist voices within the faith, Christianity isn't a monolithic religion by a long shot. In fact, there have always been, ironically, rather vicious battles among Christians over what defines orthodoxy and, consequently, heresy.
Rogers new book tackles the job of differentiating conservative Christianity from progressive Christianity. He makes it clear that neither category is uniform in its beliefs and practices, yet there are characteristics that are unique to conservative and progressive ways of thinking. Though some basics remain the same, thus the `Christian' moniker, the differences are so well defined that they are, for all intents and purposes, two religions.
Roger isn't at all squeamish when it comes to discussing the difficult issues. Conservatives and progressives have different pictures of God, what happened on the cross, the nature of sin, the origins of life, how to interpret scripture, what it means to be `saved', their notions of heaven and hell, the origin of evil, and what is meant by `the end'.
Here is why you should to read this book. If you are an honest follower of Jesus, you ought to understand both sides of the major issues that face and divide Christianity in the 21st century. If you are a progressive, you need to have clarity on conservative talking points. Don't assume you know. There is only one `body' of Christ, the church, and we would all do well to at least seek to understand one another - maybe even to `love one another'.Read more ›
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My book group is doing this, and I am delighted with it. Roger Wolsey is an honest and penetrating observer of modern day Christianity. I heartily recommend this book.Published 3 months ago by Karen Oberst
I knew when I read this book that I would likely disagree with some of what the author writes in the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Droste
A lot of progressive christian books that I have read (particularly a few of Spong's, though I like him for a lot of things) have been pretty dismissive of any traditions at all. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ryan N.
I would give this book 5 stars for content, but only 4 stars for format. I bought it the kindle edition, and I have to change the font to read some of the excerpts. Read morePublished 11 months ago by parjda