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God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky is an inclusive interpretation of Christian doctrine asserts that Christianity mistakes its myth for history and its symbol for fact. In the present atmosphere of religious polarity, even violence, Clancy urges Christians to abandon their claim to being the one and only true religion. With evidence from scholars and a variety of traditions, she examines questions about the Christ, truth and myth in scripture, God and human consciousness, the mystical Reign proclaimed by the man Jesus. Her answers to these questions will delight many, disturb others, and fascinate all readers. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, atheists, and pagans are included with Christians in this synthesis of spiritual currents. Here is a vision of global harmony.
"This personal account of one woman's struggle to find her place within the religious tradition of her ancestors brings her to greater understanding and peace. It may spur others to undertake similar rigors of study, exchange of views, and personal commitment."--Theresa Schumacher, OSB. President of the American Benedictine Academy
"Here is the saga of a woman who has separated out the part of religious belief that is patriarchal, exclusive and destructive of the human spirit. Rigid, time-bound dogmas and Christianity's deliberate separation from the great world religions are even more serious, in Clancy's view, than the on-going oppression and exclusion of women from orthodox religious spheres. Her exploration of early Christian biblical and non-biblical sources demonstrates new understandings and fresh interpretations of Jesus and of Christianity. Readers may find them at once intriguing, disturbing, exciting but always engaging. In Clancy s words, 'Imagine the force for global harmony that Christians could become if we had the largeness of heart to surrender our exclusive claims.' This is a needed contribution to the conversation about Jesus and Christianity as well as the pressing questions of today's inter-religious dialogue."--Christian Morris, OSB. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology, College of St. Benedict
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Studio: Beaver's Pond Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2007
Publisher Beaver's Pond Press
ISBN 159298178X ISBN13 9781592981786
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Liberating and empowering Nov 24, 2007
Clancy's book will prove to be very helpful to those who were raised in the Christian tradition and who resonate with the spirituality of Jesus, but who don't believe what they once did at an earlier time in their lives. Her respectful book will free many Christians and former Christians from feeling guilty (or perhaps confused) for no longer believing what was not meant to be taken literally in the first place. Her insights will also empower seekers who are attracted to the "Jesus Path," yet who are also drawn to insights and practices from other traditions, to trust their self-chosen eclecticism. For me personally, she helped clear up and articulate what was, prior to reading her fine book, murky and unexpressed. I am now more at peace with what was, what is, and what is yet to come in my own evolving, open-ended spiritual journey. I am also more excited about our collective journey, as those of us who have been exiled or chosen exile over convention or literalism, venture forth with less certainty, but with, I hope, more love and respect for one another, as we claim our intermingling of humanity and divinity.
Valuable. Thought-Provoking. Great for Discussion Groups Oct 19, 2007
God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky: Cherishing Christianity without Its Exclusive Claims by Jeanette Blonigen Clancy is an important work that is well written and well researched. Her distinction between the historical Jesus and the mythical Jesus is based on years of study and dialogue with theological scholars. Reading her book with an open mind promotes an appreciation of Jesus in a fresh and authentic way. Just as Jesus opened his arms to all people, Clancy gives evidence that Jesus would be shocked by the exclusionary beliefs and actions of some Christians today. This book is inspiring and thought provoking. Clancy has made a significant contribution and will be remembered for her role in helping us to better understand Christianity. Bravo!