Is God a Christian?: Creating a Community of Conversation [NOOK Book]

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In a world composed of almost seven billion people, about 2.2 billion of them claim to be Christian. And while Christianity is continuing to grow at a modest rate, other religions are growing at a faster pace. Some scholars predict that Islam will overtake Christianity as the world's largest religion by the middle of the twenty-first century. Predictions aside, religions are competing for the world stage, and in the competition, Christians seem certain that God is on their side....
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Is God a Christian?: Creating a Community of Conversation

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Overview

In a world composed of almost seven billion people, about 2.2 billion of them claim to be Christian. And while Christianity is continuing to grow at a modest rate, other religions are growing at a faster pace. Some scholars predict that Islam will overtake Christianity as the world's largest religion by the middle of the twenty-first century. Predictions aside, religions are competing for the world stage, and in the competition, Christians seem certain that God is on their side. Christians often think and behave as though God is a Christian.
This book is written to ask if that assumption is true and to foster a more open conversation about other world religions. The world has grown too small and the stakes for mankind have grown too high for any of us to engage our faith as if our understanding of God represents the only way God's presence may be known in the world.
We need, more than ever before, to develop creative communities of conversation. Conversation does not begin with talking. It begins with listening. like Quakers of old, we need to gather in humility and honesty to face the meanness and evil that religion itself has sometimes heaped upon mankind. Godsey asserts that "We should open ourselves to new spectrums of light that may emanate from faiths foreign to our own. Our high calling is to commit ourselves to building a better pathway for creating understanding and mutual respect among people of faith throughout the world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881462487
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 5/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 892,496
  • File size: 297 KB

Meet the Author

R. Kirby Godsey is the author of three books, including When We Talk about God, Let's Be Honest. For twenty-seven years, he served as president of Mercer University and now serves as chancellor
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I Breaking Down Barriers 1

1 Meeting God in Unexpected Places 3

2 The Plague of Certainty 11

3 The Peril of Exclusivity 21

4 The Tragedy of Fundamentalism 31

Part II Touching the Faces of God 45

5 The Language of God 47

6 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 59

7 The God of Muhammad 75

8 The God of Jesus 95

9 The God of the Hindus and the Buddha 111

10 The God of Confucius and Lao Tze 129

Part III Building Bridges 143

11 Relativism and Covenantal Commitment 145

12 Overcoming Our Addiction to Violence 155

13 Creating a Community of Conversation 168

14 The Hope for a Greater Reformation 187

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