Who is Jesus? Enlightening Being who showed the way to unity with God and freed us from the bonds of karma? A man who taught men how to care for women? A figment of Galilean mythmakers' pious imaginations? Or Savior of the world? Enlightening, disturbing, engagingly written, and full of surprises, Jesus and the Religions of Man lays out a remarkable challenge to skeptics. In the tradition of Augustine's City of God, the author knits together a complex mosaic of spiritual threads, modern psychology, and revolutionary ideals to reveal a single face, showing how the deepest truths converge in the life of Christ. He argues that Jesus is, as he claimed to be, "the Way, the Truth and the Life," the salvation God has prepared for all peoples.
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I see my book's ambiguous title has fooled a reader or two into expecting something a bit different from what they got. Let me clarify.
First, the author certainly is "biased." JRM is not meant to be an objective discussion of world views (if such a thing be possible). I am a Christian. I believe that while other religions contain relative truths, the Gospel of Jesus is the consummation of ultimate truth. Any reader who is not willing to entertain (or at least humor) that idea, may find my argument a bumpy road to travel. Whether or not that "bias" leads me to be unfair to others or even mistaken on any important point, I leave to each reader to judge.
It's also true JRM is not a book of Scriptural quotations. My basic approach is empirical, from shared facts to common reality.
Another reviewer accurately points out that there is little on Islam or Judaism here. JRM is intended as the second in a series of four volumes relating Jesus to the cultures and ideals of humanity. The first was True Son of Heaven: How Jesus Fulfills the Chinese Culture. (There's a lot about China in here, too; I hope the reader will indulge me that bias as well.) The third volume (Lord willing) will be about Islam and other Messianic religions. JRM does include a short critique of the Gospel of Barnabas, and some discussion of Christ in the Koran. I hope Muslims will also find the chapters on the historical influence of Jesus, the character of the Gospels, the cross, and the universality of monotheism, interesting.
While the book contains little about Judaism as such, a large percentage of the writers quoted on almost every topic are in fact Jewish, reflecting the plurality of perspective and interest from which I think the modern Jewish community is likely to approach the question of Jesus.About the Author:
David Marshall teaches in the Multicultural Exchange Department of Siebold University of Nagasaki, in Japan. He has lived in Asia for eleven years, where he has researched Asian religions, combatted the sex trade, and studied theology. His first book was True Son of Heaven: How Jesus Fulfills the Chinese Culture, also available through Amazon. He is presently researching how Christians in China are using Chinese art to portray Christian themes, and Indian and early Roman Christian attempts to integrate faith and culture.
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Descrizione libro Kuai Mu Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110970227809