Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith

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  • ISBN-13: 9780836196214
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 633,226
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Radical Jesus, edited by Paul Buhle, is a just-published story o

    Radical Jesus, edited by Paul Buhle, is a just-published story of faith through history- told by pictures and text in comic/graphic form.  
    Attempts to tell the story of faith in comics often fall as flat as the two-dimensional pages on which they are printed.  In Radical Jesus, however, as in the best of comics, pictorial art and words blend to make a third thing that is greater than the sum of its parts.  We come to see and feel through the chemistry of image and text together.

    Radical Jesus:  A Graphic History of Faith, jumps to life in texts by Buhle and images by Sabrina Jones, Gary and Laura Dumm,, and Nick Thorkelson, all of whom bring their own experience and sensitivity in the cause of justice and mercy to the artistic task at hand.  
    The approach the book is different.  Only the first section centers on the Jesus of scripture, for this is meant to be the graphic history of the living spirit and inspiration of Jesus through time and into the present.  The book’s chapter headings, (Radical Gospel, Radical History, and Radical Resistance), give a hint.  Thus are formed living pictures of what the path of Jesus in the gospels, might look like projected out through  the millinea.Much of this history is unknown to most of us, and the dramatic stories include representatives of the multitudes who anything but household names.  Here is a big part of the volumes magnetic charm.  
    Here are the Lollards, with their hope and stubborn stand against the terror of their times and in the way of the living Christ.  Here, is the story of Kirk Willems who rescues the one who will ultimatey kill him.  Here, is the story of Fred Schuttlesworth’s amazing escape from a terror bombing during the American civil rights movement and his courage and faith.  All of these, and so many more, usher us into today as resistance and love is planned and acted out in neighborhood house meetings here, and in actions today around the world.
     What one experiences in this immersion is anything but the comfortable gospel of financial success, or the practice of power over others, that is promoted by the comfortable religion of far to many cathedrals, mega church stadiums, or small, polite, ingrown churches.  
    This is not the gospel lite, but instead an ultimately faithful encounter with the old, old story of real and radical faith. 
    Paul Buhle whose vision nurtured, pushed and pulled this project onto the page is to be thanked for the gift that he, and the artists, have given to us all.   Through the pages of Radical Jesus, we may hear beating of our own hearts, and the hunger of our own souls for a different way and a better world.  We may even sense that living spirit that, though often unnamed, is the spirit of Jesus with us still.
    But a word of caution, along with the invitation to read:  Beware.  You may not be the same when you have finished for you yourself may encounter the call of that ancient spirit with all of its terror, joy, obligation and radical freedom for that living spirit may knock on the door of your heart too.

    This publication has life in it.  Buy it.  (Its written for the hungry).  Taste and see.     (DClinker)

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