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The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in Early Christianity Paperback – November 21, 2000
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In drawing attention to a wrong turn taken by the evolving Christian religion away from the actual teachings and nature of Jesus, the author does come across as having his own agenda to push - the avocation of a vegetarian lifestyle. I had a sense of the book being used to justify and advance this from a historical religious perspective, not too surprisingly perhaps given the authors position as displayed by his other work. This feeling appeared to be born out by the authors closing words. I support and endorse his sentiments, but can't help feeling that a little optimistic wishful thinking might have hung over the analysis.
With the rise of right wing religious conservatism and the larger picture of global problems such as climate change, the widening gap between rich and poor etc. I recommend this book for providing easy access to valid alternate perspectives in the secular/religious debate and for raising the suggestion of a historical justification for other paths and personal choices.
Akers also claims that Jesus was a vegetarian. I was not convinced either that this was true, or that it was important to the early Jewish Chrisitans. But related to this, Akers points out something which does seem important: Jesus opposition to animal sacrifice. And here, Akers emphasizes a side of the Gospel accounts that might shock many later Christians -- that Jesus was almost violently opposed to making his religion a cult of sacrifice for sin. Like John the Baptist he believed in baptism as a rite of repentance and renewal, but not in sacrifice or killing to buy freedom from guilt.
For his well presented arguments on how Jesus took the Bible, and how he viewed the whole notion of sacrifice, I think Akers' book would be stimulating for any Christian study or discussion group.
--author of Correcting Jesus
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A truly thought provoking read. Many thanks to the author for all of his work and research. This book truly helped me to think and search beyond the resources and traditions... Read morePublished 25 days ago by jumper
A book that every minister, priest and also Pope Francis should read. A return to the original teachings of Jesus, mentioned in "The lost religion of Jesus", would solve... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Srikanth
I really enjoyed this book. The author has done a lot of research and his theories are presented very well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brad
This book has definitely met my expectations, and I am very glad I bought it. For a long time I thought my church or any church was presenting Jesus as He really was back then and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leroy T. Parkinson
Great premise which is why I ordered the book, but the writing style is slow going and turns into a good way to fall asleep at night.Published 19 months ago by Dawn P
Essential reading for vegans, animal activists, pacifists, advocates for simple living, and all who are interested in historical Jesus. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Drew Hensley
Well written and well argument for the existence and ideology of first century Jewish Christian belief systems. Highly recommended.