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Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus Paperback – August 19, 2014
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Undiluted is wonderful in that it so clearly brings forth the truth that most regular people do not find Jesus offensive - they find American cultural Christianity offensive. Jesus and his teachings are the way of life and are only offensive to those who have built their houses upon the sandy soil of our watered-down and subverted cultural religion. What Undiluted does so well is to remove the American cultural filter from our Bibles and churches and lives and enables us to see the plain teachings of Jesus clearly and simply. The way of Jesus is not easy! It makes demands that cost us dearly.Read more ›
What I found delightful in Undiluted is its author’s self-deprecating attitude en route to Jesus who can be seen on almost every single page. Here’s an excerpt:
“Growing up in conservative evangelicalism, I was gently led to believe that everyone other than ourselves watered-down the message of Jesus. I remember as a child driving past other churches in the area and asking what made them different from us. When passing the Methodist and Congregational churches, I was told they were simply “social clubs,” and when passing the local Assembly of God I was told that they were “crazy people.” A distorted expression of what it means to follow Jesus was always something they were doing–never something I or we were doing
There were always hard lines about who was in and who was out; and conveniently enough, we always managed to be “in.” We’re often tempted to think that we have it right, and those who are different have it wrong–it’s easy to see someone else as watering down the message of Jesus.
Herein the problem lies. Yes, there’s nothing good about a watered-down, soggy, bland Jesus–but we’ve got to stop pointing to “the others” as the ones responsible for it, and start turning those fingers inward.Read more ›
I cannot recall just how or where I came across Benjamin Corey. I discovered his blog at patheos.com some weeks ago while trawling about. Right away I was struck by his words; not just that he is a superb wordsmith, but also of course because of what he says with them, with occasional lines just begging to be quoted for their profundity!
Once I started talking to others about this blogger, both off and online, I realised right away that there was a problem, and it’s this: evangelicals think they have it all correct! Exactly what Corey has been trying to say all along. While we pat ourselves on the back that we do indeed have the truth of the gospel that we preach, we tend also to think that anything else theological we hold dear is just not up for discussion. Even though we have to admit that within the ‘evangelical’ fold (which is not actually written down in any creed anywhere) we have different denominations, with their own separate creeds and slants on things. Since Corey seems to come at things from a different point of view, having confessed he is no longer labelling himself ‘fundamentalist’, he inevitably draws suspicion. Evangelicals can be a very wary and jittery bunch, and anyone not identifying with their grouping is taken with a fair handful of salt. When Corey described the moment he realised he was ‘without a tribe’ I chuckled to myself.
He is viewed by many as “just another one of those ‘liberals”, which brings up so many other cultural problems, and such an attitude defeats his rhetoric before he even speaks.Read more ›
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I first started following Benjamin's blog and later read Undiluted. So many of us are looking for an authentic faith and this author is gifted to help us find the way there. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jim Folsom
This is the book that started it all for me- my journey out of toxic fundamentalism and into the freedom of an undiluted understanding of Jesus. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Vivian Prewitt
This book is one of the best books I've read in the past ten years. Mr. Corey has hit the mark squarely on the nose. This book was crucial in my own journey of rediscovering Jesus.Published 4 days ago by Ray Nosko
For those of us tired of mainstream religion, tired of what passes for Christianity, tired of the crap, "Undiluted" offers a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Bernice Woodson
This is an important book. Keeping our American cultural influence, from watering down the Gospel message of Jesus, an who He is.Published 6 days ago by Mark S. Mcpherson
Great message that is counterculture to "everyday" religion and westernized Christianity. What a beautiful invitation to get to know the heart of God through Jesus. Excellent read.Published 3 months ago by Amazon user
Some background, first off. I'm the daughter of a baptist preacher. My mother is ALSO the daughter of a baptist preacher. And HER mother is ALSO the daughter of a baptist preacher. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is like an oasis to the spiritually thirsty. Benjamin L. Corey takes us through his own faith journey to reveal how modern American Christianity has, in many ways,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Camille Pitts