Unbinding Christianity: Choosing the Values of Jesus over the Beliefs of the Church

Unbinding Christianity: Choosing the Values of Jesus over the Beliefs of the Church

by Jan G. Linn


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Unbinding Christianity is a book that will be good news for some readers while stretching others in uncomfortable ways. It begins with the premise that traditional Christian teaching is focused on right beliefs while the life and teachings of Jesus was all about right living. The book represents a fresh voice for Christians who struggle to accept traditional beliefs by assuring them that Jesus himself said much more about right values than he did right beliefs.

The goal of this book is to unbind Christianity from the wrappings of creeds, doctrines, dogma, and beliefs in order to make room for an understanding of what it means to be Christian defined by values that invites unity among Christians without the need for conformity of beliefs.

One of the important by-products of a values-based Christianity is that it paves the way for Christians with different beliefs to find common ground with one another while also freeing them to build bridges of understanding with non-Christian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627342926
Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
Publication date: 02/15/2020
Pages: 148
Sales rank: 213
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Jan Linn has been a congregational pastor, college chaplain, and seminary professor, a consistent and persistent advocate for racial, economic, and social justice, and the author of eighteen books, including his most recent title, Evangelicalism and the Decline of American Politics. He and his wife, Joy, live in Minnesota and are parents to four children and six grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Endorsements xiii

Why A Book Like This xvii

Chapter 1 Unintended Consequences 1

Chapter 2 The Power of Believing 9

Chapter 3 Myth and Story 25

Chapter 4 Excess Baggage 35

Chapter 5 A Faith of Values 45

Chapter 6 The Road Is Still Less Traveled 55

Chapter 7 The Real Rapture 63

Chapter 8 Loving Sex 69

Chapter 9 Putting Beliefs In Their Place 75

Conclusion 87

A Word About the Appendices 91

Appendix 1 My Story 93

Appendix 2 The Church Has a Story Too 107

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Unbinding Christianity: Choosing the Values of Jesus over the Beliefs of the Church 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
RollieB 10 hours ago
An important book on reclaiming what it means to be Christian in this age of institutional Christianity. Linn's book is clear call for the "nones and dones" to live a life defined by values not beliefs. Highly recommended.