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The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity Paperback – April 7, 2006
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The book is about, of course, the 12 Phoenix Affirmations developed by the book's author Rev. Eric Elnes and several others. The affirmations provide a set of guidelines for a more progressive Christianity...a path that is scripture-based, to be sure, but also one that I think will resonate with the beliefs of many Christians turned off by the harshness of many of today's extreme messages. It did for me, anyway.
While the path described in Dr. Elnes' book will be an easier one for most Christians to reconcile with their most personal beliefs, it is not an easier path in the sense that it won't take work to follow. It recommends frequent prayer and a thoughtful understanding of the scriptures, so you don't get off easy.
But, surprisingly, for the first time, I feel like I understand why prayer and Bible study are important.
And, frankly, that's says a lot, in my mind.
When we think about loving our neighbor in the same way that we love ourselves, if we are honest, we have to recognize that in caring for ourselves, we provide ourselves a job and a livable income, comfortable shelter, clothing, food, friendships and a sense of community and belonging and acceptancem, as well as ways to grow and better ourselves. We seek time for leisure and re-creation (which we need to renew ourselves).
So...when we are trying to carry out Jesus' charge to "love our neighbor as ourself," we need to care whether every other person we know has access to the basic things that help us to balance our own lives. If we see people who don't have access to these basics, those of us who "have plenty" need to help insure that people who don't have plenty, have ways to balance their lives. Whether that means that we work to help them learn job skills, or learn how to be good parents...whatever skills we can share.
The Phoenix Affirmations speak to the shared humanity of all people, and the ways in which we can work to understand each other's human condition and share in empowering each other.
As a Christian minister, I believe that this movement is on target for today's societal challenges. Jesus taught that we are all equal, and that there are many paths to God's Heaven.
We need to work together to share the good news of God's love, and to decrease prejudice and exclusion and the sense of superiority and "choseness" that some religious groups purvey.
Rev. E. B. Johnson
United Church of Christ
The book is successful on several levels: as an argument for an inclusive, compassionate church; as a guide for living a life inspired by Jesus' acts and teaching; and as an overview of liberal Christian thinking (with a definite American tinge) today. Readers (whether religious or not) will find many points for discussion and reflection. The book is written in a straightforward, conversational style and is well worth exploring.
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Great introduction to Progressive Christianity. Highly recommended.Published 11 months ago by Lisa Ellwoods
I was not impressed. Theological problems abound throughout the book. It is upbeat, optimistic, and gushing with positivism, but completely lacking in any kind of serious depth. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian K. Miller
Contemporary, inspiring, readable and adaptable to settings where Christ's followers are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Pastor D
This is simple, yet profound.
A new, hopeful, authentic vision for living our faith.
A great gift for those who have been turned off by the traditional church and it's... Read more
I use this book in every part of ministry. It is a foundational tool to begin the conversation concerning God's mission in the world and our response to it, and our participation... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Chris Alexander