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Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness
     

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness

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by Wendell Berry (Compiler)
 

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For two thousand years, artists, social and cultural activists, politicians and philosophers, humanists and devoted spiritual seekers have all looked to the sayings of Jesus for inspiration and instruction. Unfortunately, on occasions too frequent and destructive to enumerate, the teachings of Christ have been either ignored or distorted by the very people calling

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For two thousand years, artists, social and cultural activists, politicians and philosophers, humanists and devoted spiritual seekers have all looked to the sayings of Jesus for inspiration and instruction. Unfortunately, on occasions too frequent and destructive to enumerate, the teachings of Christ have been either ignored or distorted by the very people calling themselves Christian. Today, we see a vigorous movement in America fueled by a politicized and engaged portion of the electorate involved in just such ignorance and distortion. Whether directed towards social intolerance or attitudes of warlike aggression, these right-wing citizens have claimed a power of influence that far exceeds their numbers.

This small book collects the sayings of Jesus, selected by Mr. Berry, who has contributed an essay of introduction. Here is a way of peace as described and directed by the greatest spiritual teacher in the West. This is a book of inspiration and prayerful compassion, and we may hope a ringing call to action at a time when our country and the world it once led stand at a dangerous crossroads.

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ISBN-13:
9781593761004
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
222,497
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.75(h) x (d)

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Christ's Teachings of Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Berry is a prophet somewhat in the mold of Amos from the Hebrew Bible, though a bit more disarming in his challenges. His selection of Jesus-sayings on peacemaking is intriguing for what it reveals both about what Jesus said and about Berry. The book is worth the price for the introduction and the essay, 'The Burden of the Gospels,' that are included. In the introduction, Berry indicts modern Christianity: 'It seems to have remarkably little to do with the things that Jesus Christ actually taught.' In the concluding essay, he suggests that a more honest reading of the Gospels could improve the modern practice of the Christian faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago