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Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance by [Meyers, Robin]
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“[An] explosive call to religious progressives to resist cultural and economic injustice. . . . Knowledgeable, engaging, and provocative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
(Publishers Weekly)

“A challenging and visionary manifesto.  When this wind comes sweeping down the plain, it sounds a lot like the creative breath of a Genesis dawn and the fiery spirit of a Pentecost morning.”—John Dominic Crossan
(John Dominic Crossan)

“Spiritual Defiance is a veritable landscape of dramatically beautiful phrases and insights, bon mots and felicitous subtleties. Meyers’s “Resistance To Orthodoxy” section is particularly brilliant, seeming almost to scintillate before the reader. It would be hard, in fact, to imagine a more informing and/or pleasurable treatment than this of clericalism in the contemporary world.”—Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why
(Phyllis Tickle)

“Here is a book that could not be more timely, or more urgent. Robin Meyers has carefully and persuasively sketched out exactly what we most desperately need today to defeat the divisive forces that threaten to shred our communities. Fair and comprehensive, the book is also eloquently composed.”—Harvey Cox, author of The Future of Faith 
(Harvey Cox)

“Robin Myers is unsettling, disruptive, even subversive. I find myself imagining a loud buzzer sounding in every seminary classroom and from every pulpit in America: 'We interrupt this normally scheduled programming with a message from the Emergency Broadcast System. This is not a test; it is an actual emergency,' which is followed by a reading of this book."—Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist
(Brian D. McLaren)

“Robin Meyers names the factors that are paralyzing the church and making it irrelevant. His witty discerning summons will ring true for many readers.”—Walter Brueggemann
(Walter Brueggemann)

“This is an important and delightful book. Robin Meyers is a modern practitioner of the traditional clergy/scholar model of ministry: wise, learned, witty, but with passion for the church refined by his years of experience as a pastor. At a time when everyone is ready to give up on the institution, he eloquently provides a hopeful, helpful vision for the future. Anyone who cares about the future of the church and the world the church is called to serve, should read this book.”—John M. Buchanan, Publisher/Editor of the Christian Century
(John M. Buchanan)

“While many are scrambling to find nifty fixes for all that ails the uninspired and uninspiring institutional church, Robin Meyers is looking instead to God’s holy fools, for passionate Don Quixotes of non-compliance, who are as resistant to scriptural and cultural rigidity as they are subversive for the cause of love.  Rather than a Christianity that peddles implausible doctrines, Spiritual Defiance calls for a Jesus Ethic that lets go of ‘being right’ and gets on with the more distinguishing work of challenging empires and changing the world.”—The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister and National Officer, United Church of Christ       
(The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess)

“This is Robin Meyers at his pastoral and prophetic best.  Read it, and then for the love of God--RESIST!”—Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

(Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu)

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers is senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC church, Oklahoma City, and Distinguished Professor of Social Justice in the philosophy department, Oklahoma City University. He lives in Oklahoma City, OK.

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  • File Size: 303 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VEHAG6Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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