Christianity's Dangerous Memory: A Rediscovery of the Revolutionary Jesus

Christianity's Dangerous Memory: A Rediscovery of the Revolutionary Jesus

by Diarmuid O'Murchu


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Drawing from the best contemporary scholarship, bestselling author Diarmuid O’Murchu deconstructs the history of Christianity, and specifically the life of Jesus Christ, as it has evolved over the past two thousand years. With rich language and clear metaphors, O’Murchu speaks to every Christian who is fed up with a revisionist Christian doctrine based on banal ideas and who desperately seeks affirmation that the Christian faith is a much bigger, deeper, and more challenging institution than churches have ever acknowledged or proclaimed. According to O’Murchu, Jesus was never an earthly prince, but rather the first rebel, a countercultural outsider who sought to empower the oppressed and marginalized while questioning the core beliefs of longstanding institutions—and ultimately paying a mortal price for his convictions. Using this portrait of Jesus, each chapter addresses a range of common human problems that Christ himself overcame, such as understanding others, resolving hostilities, discovering empowerment by suffering, and preserving personal identity in a globalized world. O’Murchu’s stunning conclusions serve to reintroduce the world to the revolutionary Jesus, giving His story new life and relevance for the modern age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780824526788
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 786,705
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Diarmuid O’Murchu is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and the author of Jesus in the Power of Poetry and Quantum Theology.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Jesus and the Imperial Demise 5

Chapter 2 Jesus and the Paradox of Kingship 23

Chapter 3 The Seductive Deception of a Personal Jesus 42

Chapter 4 The Dislocating Power of Queer Stories 56

Chapter 5 The Empowering Grace of Vulnerability 74

Chapter 6 Companions Breaking Bread 94

Chapter 7 Decoding Gender Marginalization 111

Chapter 8 Suffering at the Service of Empowerment 133

Chapter 9 Liberating Jesus from Colonial Mimicry 154

Chapter 10 Is an Empowering Church Possible? 171

Epilogue: Gospel Empowerment Alive in Poetry 191

Notes 205

Bibliography 210

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