By Robin R. Meyers

From considered one of America's prime Pastors, a daring name to revive Christianity's actual undertaking: Following Jesus

The marriage of undesirable theology and hypocritical habit by way of the church has eroded our non secular lives. Taking the simplest of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts center Christian thoughts as a way to shop Christianity from its obsession with own salvation. no longer a plea to attempt anything fresh, yet particularly the restoration of whatever very previous, Saving Jesus from the Church exhibits us what it ability to stick with Jesus's teachings at the present time.

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After Constantine engineered the merger of Christ worshipers with sun worshipers in the fourth century, the creeds solidified and finalized the view of faith we hold today. Not only was this politically expedient, but it gave the church many elements of Mithraism that survive to this day. Christ is depicted in early paintings as the Sun (with rays bursting from his head), Sun-Day is the day of rest, and Christmas was moved from January 6 (still the date for Eastern Orthodox churches) to December 25, the birthday of Mithra.

She requested that I be the father of the bride, not the minister in charge of the ceremony, and I happily complied. For one thing, I would never have made it through the ceremony. But some of my colleagues were a bit scandalized and, upon hearing the news, asked the first question that came to mind. Was my new son-in-law Jewish? ” Faith as Being, Not Belief 39 This always brings nervous laughter, of course, but not much wisdom. The real point gets lost in the assumption that I am just trying to be iconoclastic or play the role of a typical liberal clergyman.

Now we call him “precious Lord,” without even thinking. He did this in an utterly brief public ministry (only a year according to Mark, perhaps three to four years according to Faith as Being, Not Belief 53 Matthew and Luke) as if “possessed” by a desire to upend the very tradition in which he was raised and bring down the judgment of the very faith he sought to reform. ” Fear is the enemy of the moral life, and yet which one of us could imagine attacking the sacred cows of our time or challenging the conventional wisdom in American society?

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