When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today

When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today

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by Harvey Cox
     
 

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ISBN-10: 061871054X

ISBN-13: 9780618710546

Pub. Date: 08/16/2006

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


In this urgently relevant, wholly enlightening discussion of modern moral decisions, the Harvard theology professor Harvey Cox considers the significance of Jesus and his teachings today. As he did in his undergraduate class Jesus and the Moral Life—a course that grew so popular that the lectures were held in a theater often used for rock concerts—Cox

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In this urgently relevant, wholly enlightening discussion of modern moral decisions, the Harvard theology professor Harvey Cox considers the significance of Jesus and his teachings today. As he did in his undergraduate class Jesus and the Moral Life—a course that grew so popular that the lectures were held in a theater often used for rock concerts—Cox examines contemporary dilemmas in the light of lessons gleaned from the Gospels. Invigorating and incisive, this book encourages an intellectual approach to faith and inspires a clear way of thinking about moral choices for all of us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618710546
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/16/2006
Edition description:
None
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,180,281
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1He Was Then, We Are Now14
2Rabbi Jesus on the Scene23
3A World Full of Stories32
IStories they Told About Him
4The Ballad of the Begats49
5Picking Just the Right Woman57
6Exiles from Eden66
7The Gurus and the Usual Suspects75
8Riffing on Simeon85
9Beat the Devil93
10The Campaign Begins106
IIStories He Told
11Jesus Retells His People's Story117
12Salt and Lamps128
13The Rabbi Teaches Torah138
14Parables and Zen Slaps154
15The Crooked CEO and the Spoiled Brat161
16Why the Crowds Came169
17The Armageddon Syndrome185
IIIMore Stories They Told About Him
18The Transfiguration and the Prophet's Night Journey201
19Bridge Burning and Street Theater211
20Trial and Retrial220
21Dead Man Walking228
22Reason, Emotion, and Torture237
23It Had to Be Done245
24A World Without God?259
25The Easter Story267
26The Laughter of the Universe286
Postscript295
Notes305
Acknowledgments317
Index321

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When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for anyone who wonders how or why Christian faith could be relevant to an educated and scientifically literate individual today. Recognizing the changes in experience and symbolism that occur over several millennia, Cox effectively translates Biblical scriptures into current experience by revealing the context embedded in the stories of the Old and New Testaments. Underscoring the bridge between Jewish and Christian traditions, he succeeds in strengthening the bridge between ancient scripture and modern life. Like a good classic, this book offers new pearls with each successive reading.