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How can a fourth-century theology be relevant today? Is the Bible meant to be taken literally? Can Jesus be stripped of some of his titles? These are just a few of the questions that the author, a Progressive Christian Episcopal clergyperson, answers in this provocative book.
Cramming for the Finals offers fresh ideas on how to look at God/Creator, Jesus the human, Paul, Mary (wife of Jesus), the Bible, Mariology, dogma, and doctrine. As the author takes you through his fascinating life's journey, he reveals the tremendous power that the man Jesus, who was executed almost two thousand years ago, still can have on individuals and the world today.
You'll discover new ways to look at ancient ideas, why we need to promote God and demote Jesus, how four-thousand-year-old ideas can work now, ways to think outside the institutional church's tight little box, and how to save the church from itself.
This book challenges longstanding beliefs to make Christianity speak to people in the twenty-first century.
|Publisher:||Summit Run Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Cramming for the Finals challenges long-standing beliefs to make Christianity speak to people in the twenty-first century. The Reverend Dr. William Aulenbach is a retired Episcopal clergyman, sought-after speaker, and author of Let Us Pray, How to Get to Heaven Without Going to Church, and What's Love Got to Do with It?
Table of Contents
Introduction: Proceed with Caution xi
Part I Cramming for the Finals
Chapter 1 My Unique Faith Journey 3
Chapter 2 Food for Thot 27
Part II Meeting the Real Jesus
Chapter 3 Which Jesus? 47
Chapter 4 The Historical Jesus 67
Chapter 5 My Marching Orders 85
Part III Fixing the Broken Church
Chapter 6 How to Fix the Broken Church 103
Chapter 7 "Why Christianity Must Change or Die" 115
Additional Resources 131
About the Author 141