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If the Church Were Christian: Rediscovering the Values of Jesus

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Not Everyone Will Agree

    I have all of Philip Gulley's books, both fiction and non-fiction, and he is a wonderful light read for the most part. In this book, he is a little more serious, but that is the nature of what he is writing about. He has some very controversial views that he expresses in the book and also talks about the difficulties he's had because of those views. There are so many wonderful points that he makes in the book, and I found myself re-thinking how I viewed my faith in God and what I thought the church was for. Unfortunately, most people will only see the two or three controversial points, and not pay any attention to the 95% of the book that could speak to them and that they could get something from. This is not an indictment of the author, but rather the narrow-mindedness of some people who refuse to listen to anyone who doesn't agree with them 100% or who might ask them to question something about their faith. Please give this book a chance because he really does a good job of boiling Christianity down to what it really should be. No, I do not agree with him on some of his views, but that doesn't mean I can't learn from him anyway.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    A Challenge to the Church

    Philip Gulley poses the tantalizing title question, What if the Church really were Christian? What if we believed and acted as though we really meant it?

    He then posits a number of statements of what a truly Christian Church would look like. One that is less concerned about doctrinal purity, and more concerned about following Jesus: in loving our neighbors, caring for the poor and oppressed, embodying the Golden Rule.

    Philip Gulley, true to his Quaker background, underplays the importance of traditional worship and ritual (for which I forgive him). But he rightly says that rituals for their own sake, are not helpful, unless they speak to the heart and bring the believer closer to God.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    For those who don't believe clear thinking and deep faith are mutually exclusive

    Explore what it means live according to Jesus' example.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    A New Concept To Think About

    This book causes you to think about the life and works of Jesus in a different way. The first point is that He was not here to start the new religion of Christianity. His lessons were to teach love and compassion for one another which is what God wants. You may not agree 100% with the words of the author but many of his points will change your thinking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    back to the basics

    fantastic read gets to the basics of Jesus' life and teachings except it does not have all the pages that the paper version has. 100 pages shorter and several passages missing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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