Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales

Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales

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by Peter Rollins
     
 

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Rollins has already established himself as a major voice and an astute, generative force within the emergence Christianity. The Orthodox Heretic is his most accessible and engaging work to date." - Phyllis Tickle In this bold new book Peter Rollins presents a vision of faith that has little regard for the institutions of Christendom. His uncompromising critique of

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Rollins has already established himself as a major voice and an astute, generative force within the emergence Christianity. The Orthodox Heretic is his most accessible and engaging work to date." - Phyllis Tickle In this bold new book Peter Rollins presents a vision of faith that has little regard for the institutions of Christendom. His uncompromising critique of religion, while often unsettline, is infused with a deep and abiding love for what it means to genuinely follow Christ. Pete Rollins writes with clarity and compelling conviction." - Frank Schaeffer "I remember driving around Belfast with Pete, sitting in the front seat listening to him tell these parables that he'd written—thinking, ‘Everybody needs to hear these.' And now you can." —Rob Bell, author of Jesus Wants to Save Christians

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Publishers Weekly

Don't be fooled by the slender spine of this unusual book. Rollins, the Irish philosopher/po-mo theologian who has previously published How (Not) to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal, upends some of Christians' most cherished platitudes about God in his newest outing. He cautions readers that the book is not to be read quickly, for acquiring information, but to be savored slowly for possible transformation. Mostly, the book lives up to this billing. Rollins recasts some of the most familiar parables of and stories about Jesus, sometimes subversively-as when he proposes a version of feeding the 5,000 that shows Jesus and his disciples pigging out on meager resources while the multitudes look on, starving. His point? That Christians are the body of Christ, and when we oppress the poor and hoard scarce resources, we are saying that represents the kind of God we serve. Although not all of the parables work equally well-some could use further illumination-Rollins is a tremendously talented writer and thinker whose challenges to Christianity-as-usual should be well-received by the emergent church crowd, if not beyond. (Apr. 1)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557257307
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
US
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
694,780
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Rollins has a B.A. in Scholastic philosophy, an M.A. in political theory and criticism, and a Ph.D. in postmodern theory. He is the founder of the Ikon community in Northern Ireland (a group which describes itself as iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing) and a working philosopher who has come to believe that the emerging church presents a singular, unprecedented opportunity to transform the theological and moral architecture of the Christian community.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rollins provides a creative journey through a re-conceptualization of firmly held Christian dogma.  Much of the analysis is, by definition, heretical.  However, in exploring this heresy we experience the invitation to re-imagine our understanding of Christ and his call.   These parables served to transiently liberate me from my personal biases as I thought through new ways of understanding concepts that have been part of my faith since I was a child.  While I did not always agree with every conclusion or every implication, I found myself deeply moved by new questions throughout the entire book.  I wrote down dozens of quotations and meditated on the ways that these stories helped me find new revelations and rekindle meaning in stable truths.   Regardless of your position in theology, I encourage you to consider these stories carefully.  Even if you disagree with his conclusions, Rollins will walk you through a thought process that will deepen your intellectual experience of the Christian faith and guide you to a new understanding of a God too big for cognitive "houses" built by human hands (Acts 7:48).
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