Author: Garry Wills
Translator: Hyeok Kwon
232 pages | 153 * 224 mm
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About This Book
In what are billed “culture wars,” people on the political right and the
political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that
Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In
a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the “reign of
heaven” Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this
life. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus
plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. But Wills is
just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring
or playing down his divinity. An illuminating analysis for believers and
nonbelievers alike, What Jesus Meant is a brilliant addition to our national
conversation on religion.
From Publishers Weekly
Christianity has been twisted and warped to such an extent that not even Jesus would recognize it now. This is Wills's thesis in his stimulating, fresh look into the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth. The now-ubiquitous phrase, "What Would Jesus Do?" encouraged Wills, professor of history at Northwestern University and prolific writer on contemporary religion, to take a closer look at how the Christian message has been used and abused in recent times. Wills believes that most Christians don't understand Jesus' startlingly radical message, so they should not claim to have knowledge of how he would act today. People of all political persuasions have used Jesus' words to rationalize a domesticated, flaccid Christianity that upholds the status quo, or, worse yet, supports discrimination toward those who are on the margins. This attitude, according to Wills, completely misses the truth that Jesus "walks through social barriers and taboos as if they were cobwebs." Readers who are familiar with Wills's writing know that he is not shy about critiquing organized religion, and they will not be disappointed. Although his arguments lean toward hyperbole at times, at its core this book invites Christians toward more honest reflection on the life and message of the one they call "Savior."
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