A Conspiracy of Love: Following Jesus in a Postmodern World

A Conspiracy of Love: Following Jesus in a Postmodern World

by Kurt Struckmeyer


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A Conspiracy of Love: Following Jesus in a Postmodern World by Kurt Struckmeyer

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 people—those who remain in the church, those who have left, and those who have never ventured near—with a life of faith that is meaningful, intelligent, and passionate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498234498
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2016
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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

Bibliography 225

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