Jesus Without Religion: What Did He Say? What Did He Do? What's the Point?

Jesus Without Religion: What Did He Say? What Did He Do? What's the Point?

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by Rick James
     
 
Great. Another book about Jesus. Whose agenda will the author be lugging along this time?

Author Rick James begins by clearing his throat. Free of creeds, quarrels and specialized theologies, he speaks of Jesus.

No dogma, no politics, no moral at the end.

Jesus. What he said. What he did. And what, exactly, was the point.

The answers about Jesus, according to

Overview

Great. Another book about Jesus. Whose agenda will the author be lugging along this time?

Author Rick James begins by clearing his throat. Free of creeds, quarrels and specialized theologies, he speaks of Jesus.

No dogma, no politics, no moral at the end.

Jesus. What he said. What he did. And what, exactly, was the point.

The answers about Jesus, according to Rick James, are in the context. In his own unconventional way, James recalls the specific contexts that color Jesus' story, bringing forward this man you've heard so much—and so little—about.

Editorial Reviews

Joy Fisher
With historical perspective and modern comparisons, this book will open your eyes to the Jesus you have always wanted to better understand and serve. Don't miss the appendix, which answers commonly asked questions about the New Testament.
Jim Miller Book Review
James contends that not only has centuries of religion reshaped our modern image of Jesus but the contemporary media is culpable as well. While James may not have all the answers to those questions about Jesus that neophyte believers have, he does provide a starter tool for developing a clearer picture of the biblical Jesus. For the more mature believer, an appendix to the book shows how it can best be implemented for the purposes of more clearly explaining this to others.
Glen H. Jones
James utilizes Scripture, Jewish tradition, and Roman writings to give a simple rendering of the impact that Jesus of Nazareth has made on humanity.
C. E. Moore
Where James excels is in his ability to put things in laymen's terms for people. He provides the whole story of Jesus in a relatable format for seekers and new believers.
Marcia Ford
Writing primarily for seekers and new believers, Rick James helps remove those barriers by presenting Jesus' words and actions in the ever-important context of the culture in which He lived. James writes in an engaging, accessible style designed to appeal primarily to the Campus Crusade and InterVarsity demographic. Even so, all but the stodgiest post-college readers should appreciate his sense of humor and understand his contemporary cultural references. For those seekers who are almost there but not quite ready to commit, Jesus Without Religion is a good supplementary read. It may not answer all their questions about Jesus, but it hits the high points and does so in a thoughtful but easy-to-understand way.
Youth Worker Journal
Rick James takes a fresh approach in Jesus Without Religion. James employs the powerful tools of sarcasm, wit and irreverence, as well as a deep understanding of the context of first-century Palestine and how it collides with our 21st-century world . . . it will make your unchurched, pre-churched, and post-churched friends rethink this Jesus of Nazareth.
July 21 World
James makes plenty of pop culture references and writes in a sometimes slangy style, but his views are orthodox and he desires his readers to know Christ and embrace the gospel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830836079
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
07/12/2007
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Rick James ends up thinking a lot about evangelism, about how to present Jesus responsibly to college students. In his dual role as a speaker for Campus Crusade and publisher of CruPress, Rick is constantly looking for, collecting and creating literature that communicates the Gospel in a truly relevant way.

Rick's two degrees, theology and advertising, have convinced him that good communication is nearly as important as good theology. And his Likewise book Jesus Without Religion reflects both, as Rick joins his concern for biblical substance with a care for style, humor, and metaphor.

Rick reads Atlantic Monthly, social trend writers like Malcolm Gladwell, and design magazines like Communication and Print. He also enjoys Wes Anderson films.

To see some of the evangelistic resources Rick has written and delevoped, visit CruPress.com.

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Mooser More than 1 year ago
Recently, I finished reading Rick James’ book Jesus without Religion.  It was a quality read.  The purpose of the book is to provide an entry level introduction to the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth without the religious politicking.  It attempts to look at the narratives about Jesus contained in the Gospels of the Bible.  Most commentary on those stories is left to the status of explanation and application.  This is what Jesus did and said.  This is what those words and actions would have meant at that time.  This is a current cultural analogy for our time.  With that being the purpose I believe that Rick James is successful with this short book.  The book without reading the Appendix or Preface is only 125 pages.  Although I think the author’s suggestion to read it in one sitting may be a little ambitious, it is a quick read.  He writes in a style that is enjoyable and easy to understand.  Rick has had a ministry career connecting with college students so his choice of phrasings, examples and illustration communicates better the closer you are to that age bracket, which was perfect for me.  I liked the book.  It will probably become a "go to" resource when recommending an entry level introduction to Jesus for college students who are willing to read up on Him independently. The book ends with asking the question, “What was the point?”   He highlights the theological concepts of redemption and grace.  Although, his treatment of these concepts were adequate I felt the chapter was lacking.  I think it may have been intentionally lacking.  As I imagine recommending this book to those trying to figure out who Christ is, I always intend there to be a follow-up conversation to unpack what was read.  The last chapter gives ample room for unpacking.  I might not recommend this book for someone whom I would not be able to follow-up with.  But for someone who I can chat with afterwards over coffee this book would be the perfect starting point.  It is definitely going on my shelf as a quality tool to use for connecting the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection to college students.  If you are a minister to college students and/or young adults I highly recommend checking it out.  If you are a college student and/or young adult who knows me and is interested in figuring out who Jesus is, just a warning, I'll probably recommend this book to you.