Item description for Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right by Carter Heyward...
Overview In what she describes as "my most important work," Carter Heyward here rethinks the figure and import of Jesus for church, clergy, and the academy. Rather than focus on the endlessly variable pictures of Jesus in contemporary biblical scholarship, and in radical opposition to the Jesus of the "Christian Right," Heyward presents "Jesus as our brother, infused with a sacred power and passion for embodying right relation, and ourselves with him in this commitment."
Publishers Description A theological resource for spiritual transformation and social change in which Heyward rethinks the figure and import of Jesus.
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 11, 1999
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800629663 ISBN13 9780800629663
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More About Carter Heyward
Heyward is Howard Chandler Robbins professor of theology at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Carter Heyward currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right?
Beyond the Mentality of Pharisees Oct 29, 2000
In stepping beyond the tradition of male-oriented, straight-oriented, white anglo-oriented thinking, Ms Heyward promptly induces a feeling in the reader of not-knowing-where-we-are -- a response to be welcomed, to be encouraged, to be deepened. In opposing "right-thinking", Ms Heyward does the Church, indeed all of us, a great service. In opposing "ruled-thinking", Ms Heyward actually may open the Church, and all of us, to the power and presence of God.
Christianity unplugged Oct 7, 2000
Christianity is so rethought here that there's nothing left. Scripture's too patriarchal. The Eucharist is too traditional. The Book of Common Prayer is too Eurocentric. What is left is a series of vaguely leftist bumper stickers. Even the four virtues seem to have collapsed!
I really wanted to like this book... Oct 5, 2000
but my critical thinking got the better of me. I agree with Heyward's stance on inclusiveness within the church, and the importance of not letting our concepts of Christ get the better of us, but she seems to have left Christianity entirely behind, or worse, used isolated Christian terms for their cultural weight while reinventing them to suit her own personal agenda. Her Christianity relates not to church or the story of Jesus, even in an allegorical sense, but to the wispy New Age mysticism that reduces religion to nonsensical abstract terms with no reality or practicality to them at all. Her spirit is fluffy and her flesh is entirely absent.
Compelling and Unorthodox May 16, 2000
Heywood offers compelling arguments that dramatic changes in dogma, worship, and social action are needed to keep the church (and Jesus) alive. Writing from a feminist, liberation theology perspective, she suggests that authentic Christianity must abandon outdated patriarchal moral codes that alienate large groups of people. She spares no one in her attacks on those who distort the image of Christ to support their own political agenda. She is especially critical of the Christian right and neoorthodox evangelicals, but also recognizes that liberal Christianity can be a victim of distorted views of Jesus as the moralist. Her Jesus is a reconciler, a healer, and a lover. This book should encourage those of us who are tempted to be self-satisfied to become more willing to fight for people who are different from us and to experiment with ways of knowing God that are new to us.
Not 'Kosher' Apr 28, 2000
A note to browsers.....this book does not represent the views of the faithful in the Episcopal Church, of which Ms. Heyward is a member of the clergy. Rather than a biblically revealed doctrine of Jesus Christ, it is an exercise in Panentheism and imaginative pseudo-theology. I give it one star only because zero stars was not an option offered.