Before there were worshippers of Jesus, there were followers of Jesus. Before there were organized churches with creeds and doctrines, there were small communities of love, equality, and sharing dedicated to the practice of Jesus' teachings and committed to a wholly new way of living.
Today, the churches of the Global North are in decline and younger generations no longer seek meaning there. Traditional "church Christianity" is gradually giving way to some new way of faithful living. From a Nazi prison cell, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer imagined a future "religionless Christianity" consisting of contemplative prayer and righteous action in the secular world.
A Conspiracy of Love presents the contours of such a faith based on the "way" of Jesus. It calls us to become troublemakers, revolutionaries, seekers of change, and agents of transformation engaged in conspiracies of love to establish justice and peace in a postmodern world. It offers many different peoplethose who remain in the church, those who have left, and those who have never ventured nearwith a life of faith that is meaningful, intelligent, and passionate.
|Publisher:||Wipf & Stock Publishers|
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About the Author
Kurt Struckmeyer is a writer, theologian, and founder of the Mustard Seed School of Theology.
Table of Contents
Preface: losing my religion ix
Introduction: not just for Christians xvii
Part 1 The way of Jesus
Chapter 1 Following Jesus 3
Chapter 2 The two gospels 11
Chapter 3 The kingdom of Cod 31
Chapter 4 A conspiracy of love 51
Part 2 Jesus and the Christ
Chapter 5 The prophetic Jesus 71
Chapter 6 The apocalyptic Christ 91
Part 3 The path of transformation
Chapter 7 The postmodern world 111
Chapter 8 The spiritual journey 125
Chapter 9 Cultural nonconformity 144
Part 4 A conspiracy of love
Chapter 10 Bonhoeffer's vision 173
Chapter 11 Contemplation and action 185
Chapter 12 The ethics of love 200
Chapter 13 Agents of love 218