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Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? Hardcover – October 8, 2012
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About the Author
Shane Claiborne is an activist, author of Jesus for President, coauthor of Common Prayer, and is a founder of The Simple Way, a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.
Tony Campolo (Ph.D., Temple University) is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and the author of a dozen books, including Revolution and Renewal, Let me Tell You a Story, and 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to touch.
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Fundamentally, I would call myself someone who is attempting to be a Red Letter Christian, and therefore embraced the reading of the book with great expectancy. The book is divided into three main sections: Red Letter Theology, Red Letter Living and Red Letter World. The first section was everything I could have hoped for and more; more, because I was deeply challenged in areas that I did not expect. If I had stopped reading at this point, I would have given the book 5 stars - I really thought it was amazing. The second part of the book was less ideal. The authors would reflect on the way they believed Red Letter Christians should live, and for the most part I strongly agreed with them. The problem was, there was little or no connection between the red letters in the bible and many of the suggestions that were made! I therefore found this section to have insufficient support. No one with a contrary opinion would be swayed, because little or no arguments were made to support their suggestions. The chapters on Environmentalism, Women, Homosexuality, Civil Disobedience and Giving were especially weak.Read more ›
I realize that sounds harsh, so I want to clarify. I love Shane. I've never met him, and I disagree with his writings frequently, but he loves Jesus (often better than I do). When two people have deep disagreements, but can agree on Christ then the disagreements seem much less important. I don't have to have the same politics as Shane in order for me to see that his heart is fixed on God. He's a guy who truly gets the red letter expression, "love God with all your...body and spirit." Not to mention he shares a passion with me: ecumenical dialogue. Shane understands that Christian includes Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists, Baptists, Pentecostals, Anglicans and every one else who holds to the orthodoxy of the Church. I can't help but love a fellow brother who loves God's people.
All that being said, I was disappointed in some of the points in Red Letter Revolution. For starters, it doesn't seem to promote much of a revolution. To revolve is to return to a starting point, and this book deviates from much of the early Christians perspectives on issues that face the Church today. What are we getting back to?Read more ›
Thus, I am sympathetic to many of the same ideas that Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo love best. I like the liturgy, the Jesus prayer and my little wool chotki, not building nuclear bombs, feeding the hungry, being nice to kitty cats. So why do they bother me so very, very much that I could not even finish this book?
The problem, for me, was one of false pretenses. There's a lot of talk of focusing on the "red letters" and "taking what Jesus said seriously." Well and good. However the problem is, it seems like too much of a coincidence that the red letters lead this pair to a very familiar political platform--right down to speculation that Jesus would have joined Occupy--and an arcane and socially trendy set of other preoccupations (environmentalism, bringing pets to worship, putting things on one's head for religious reasons, prayer beads).
Even as a liturgical Christian, the statement on page 40 that one is required, absolutely MUST, participate in liturgy and rituals such as lectio divina to really follow the "red letters" struck me as ridiculous and presumptuous. It is the weak stone around which this entire book and its rewarmed 1970s theology crumbles.Read more ›
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Some good stuff here then there is some that is not so "good" stuff. I can recommend the first TWO sections but I would skip the last one, RED LETTER WORLD. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sattamander
Book seller did a great job...The book itself has very little theological value....Published 28 days ago by John S. Smiuth
When you actually take what Jesus said seriously and live that way, how much more inspiring could you be?Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
When reading the Red Letters you realize how revolutionary Jesus was in His society and what we need to do in ours as His followers.Published 3 months ago by DJ
what a load. It's like they didn't even read the bible before they wrote the book.Published 6 months ago by drbob