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Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity

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In today’s world we have technology, convenience, security, and a measure of prosperity, but where is the beauty?
For thousands of years, artists, sages, philosophers, and theologians have connected the beautiful and the sacred and identified art with our longing for God. Now we live in a day when convenience and practicality have largely displaced beauty as a value. The church is no exception. Even salvation is commonly viewed in a scientific ...

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Overview

In today’s world we have technology, convenience, security, and a measure of prosperity, but where is the beauty?
For thousands of years, artists, sages, philosophers, and theologians have connected the beautiful and the sacred and identified art with our longing for God. Now we live in a day when convenience and practicality have largely displaced beauty as a value. The church is no exception. Even salvation is commonly viewed in a scientific and mechanistic manner and presented as a plan, system, or formula.

In Beauty Will Save the World, Brian Zahnd presents the argument that this loss of beauty as a principal value has been disastrous for Western culture, and especially for the church. The full message of the beauty of the gospel has been replaced by our desires to satisfy our material needs, to empirically prove our faith, and to establish political power in our world--the exact same things that Christ was tempted with and rejected in the wilderness.

Zahnd shows that by following the teachings of the Beatitudes, the church can become a viable alternative to current-day political, commercial, and religious power and can actually achieve what these powers promise to provide but fail to deliver. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches us to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer, more beautiful, way.
 

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"Brian Zahnd is blunt, bold, and biblical—an authentic prophetic voice in the lineage of Elijah and Amos." —Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus, Regent College, and Translator of The Message

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616385859
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 371,876
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Brian Zahnd is the founding pastor of Word of Life Church,  a thriving congregation in St. Joseph, Missouri.
 
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Table of Contents

Prelude xiii

1 Form and Beauty 1

2 The Greatest Wonder of All 33

3 Axis of Love 59

4 East of Eden 97

5 I Am From the Future 129

6 A Cathedral of Astonishment 155

7 A Shelter From the Storm 177

Notes 227

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Powerful book!

    In this book, Zahnd explores the beautiful aspects of the Christian faith. It is one of the most life changing books I have ever read. By emphasizing what makes Christianity beautiful, Zahnd invites us to make changes to the way we think, act, and believe, allowing us to become part of the Beauty that saves the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Fantastic

    This book opened my eyes to the beauty of thw world that gets missed in the logical arguments and doctrinl statments of the church today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Excellence in seeing the world as full of imperfection, and how appreciate beauty

    Like The Shack, this book helps me see Jesus as loving and forgiving. Good, strong word to change your attitude, and to avoid hate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Highly recommended for all types of readers.

    I am enjoying this book. It has a fresh persepctive and will intrigue readers like me who are not conservative nor evangelical either, but want something to think about. Also it is not preachy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Beautiful

    This book is wonderful. It shares christs beauty with love,compassion,and understanding.lt has filled my heart with love and even more desire to proclaim christs teachings as the true salvation of the world. The beauty of christ has truly saved the world. This book will help you see it and feel it.

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