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Overview From the bestselling author of JESUS BEFORE CHRISTIANITY 'Radical means reaching down to the roots. The freedom that Jesus experienced reached down to the very roots of his being. It was the freedom he challenged his followers to strive for, and it is the freedom that challenges us today as hover on the edge of chaos.' In his classic work, Jesus Before Christianity, Albert Nolan stressed the political context of Jesus' mission and his concern for social justice and liberation. Now, thirty years later, Nolan's long-awaited sequel focuses on the spirituality of Jesus and its relevance for today. Beginning with a trenchant examination of the signs of the times (the hunger for spirituality, the crisis of individualism, ecological breakdown, the global divide between rich and poor, and a new understanding of our expanding universe), Nolan proceeds to describe the elements of Jesus' spirituality: a way of healing and radical freedom that combined prophecy and mysticism. Applying that spirituality to our daily lives, he shows how these lessons might promote a greater communion with God, with ourselves, with other human beings, and with the universe.
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Aug 30, 2006
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 1570756724 ISBN13 9781570756726
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More About Albert Nolan
Albert Nolan is a South African Dominican priest, widely known for his classic work, "Jesus Before Christianity" and his recent best-seller, "Jesus Today."
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How to imitate Jesus rather than explain him. Dec 11, 2008
The book is a refreshing analysis of Jesus' spirituality, based on his radical freedom of speech and behavior, which was something quite new and surprising to the ears and eyes of the people of his time. Jesus' intimate relationship with his Father, and the resulting trust in Him, explains why he feared nobody, be it Pilate or the high priest. The book is also an invitation for us to read the signs of our times and to develop a practical spirituality according to the model of Jesus. Among the signs of our times there is the growing separation of spirituality from religion. Yet the author doesn't wish to divide or antagonize, but to unify. He wishes to do away with the body-soul dualism, as well as with individualism which separates us from other people, and tends to destroy our human community and its natural environment. He wants to reconcile science and spirituality since modern scientists, like theologians, can't always say for sure what they actually know. Jesus appears to be turning the world upside down, and yet he actually turns it right side up by ridding it from the illusions and distortions of the ego, in order to transform it into the kingdom of God. All along the book the author explains how we are actually one with ourselves, one with the other human beings, one with the universe and one with God. And he says that once we make this experience of oneness we will find it gloriously liberating. We will recover our real identity, not as separate individuals, but as persons who are part and parcel of the whole human community. What we should seek is not freedom for our ego, but freedom from our ego, so that we become free to act according to the will of God. Easy to read and gratifying
Ugh! Cliche! Jul 7, 2008
If you think you're going to get some brilliant insights here, pass over this book. It's basically a review of most of the Jesus-literature that's been out there for the past 30 years or so. It appears Father Nolan is just catching up. Skip this one
Offers perspectives and lessons which make for deeper spiritual insights. Oct 6, 2007
Albert Nolan's JESUS TODAY: A SPIRITUALITY OF RADICAL FREEDOM offers a fine sequel to his popular classic JESUS BEFORE CHRISTIANITY, and focuses on the spirituality of Jesus and his relevance in modern times. This outline is perfect for Christian spiritual holdings: if offers perspectives and lessons which make for deeper spiritual insights.
Exciting, Englightening and Helpful Aug 25, 2007
Finally, a book that does not focus on the historical Jesus or cover and recover that typical ideas and insights into Jesus. It seems as though Albert Nolan, a Domincan priest, is a person who has engaged in the spiritual life both in thought and action, and is able to say something "new". Not just new, but this book gave me something worth reading on almost every page.
In short --- the book "resurrects" Jesus into the modern world without diminishing his stature.
The book is divided into three sections: The first presents a depiction of the present day world. The second paints a picture of Jesus' spirituality that can be seen by reading carefully the gospels. Third, Nolan describes a spirituality which will be meaniningful in part or in toto for the readers themselves to follow.
New Spin May 27, 2007
I was hoping to find something new and enlightening here. Just a new spin on what has been said for over 2000 years. Difficult to determine where the author was going.