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Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount [Paperback]

By Richard Rohr (Author) & John Bookser Feister (Author)
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When politicians today talk about a "new world order", they are actually referring to the "old world order"--the heart of the New Testament. Rohr and Feister explore the Gospel According to Matthew and delve into the Sermon on the Mount, considered the blueprint of the Christian lifestyle. They emerge with a clearer understanding of the Gospel writers, especially Matthew, who passed the sermon on to us.

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When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, he was talking about an utterly different way of relating to human society as we know it. He was talking about a new world order, a term recently on the lips of politicians. What a false sense of the term they have used, contends popular preacher and author Richard Rohr. "I doubt that any major political leader would align a new world order in terms of cooperation, trust, service and redemptive suffering," writes Rohr. "For all the talk of a new world order, it's simply the old world order. The 'New World Order, ' or the 'Reign of God, ' is the heart of the New Testament."

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1996
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
ISBN  0867162031  
ISBN13  9780867162035  


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More About Richard Rohr & John Bookser Feister

Richard Rohr Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.

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Thinking outside the box  May 9, 2008
A profound, well researched book on the essence of Jesus's teachings both on the spiritual and the sociological level. The author, deeply influenced by the early mystics and eastern traditions,fully captures the complexity and grace of a God ever compassionate and kind. The multi-layered analysis of this book -socio-political, historical, philosophical - does not make it "easy " reading , but who ever said the "Mystery" of Being is easy to grasp? If you are looking for greater understanding of the "real" Jesus and His transformative power in your life, this is the book to read.
 
Good news!  Mar 26, 2008
The pope's book, "Jesus of Nazareth," has a chapter devoted to the Sermon on the Mount, and it's much, much better than Fr. Rohr's take.
 
Demystifying "Jesus' Plan for a New World (Originally posted Feb 2004)  Sep 22, 2006
I know that as soon as I disagree with anything Father Richard Rohr (or his co-author John Bookser Feister) teaches that I am likely to be quickly dismissed or labeled as a close-minded Fundamentalist who "refuses to listen to what the Gospel authors are `REALLY' saying to their communities

With that said, there is "truth" to be found in the book, Jesus' Plan for a New World (Order), but that can also be said of the works of some of human history's worst oppressors. Richard Rohr is a skilled artist, brilliant in his command of language, powerful in his use of half-truths; therein lays the danger.

There is no denying that terrible atrocities have occurred in the name of Christianity, mistakenly justified by the abuse of Scripture. People have used and misused religious texts for millennia to justify their particular agendas, or so that they may more fully live into their personal bias. Rohr uses his mastery of language to confound the reader, hide his underlying message, shifting one away from the core of Jesus' teachings. Did Jesus tell us (his disciples and followers throughout human history) to stand on the side of the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized? Absolutely! Is Jesus asking us to hate oppression? Yes! But the Scriptures are so much richer than this. The Bible, as clearly stated in the introduction to this book "is the most controversial book in print."

At the very core of Jesus' teachings is the love of God and love for each other (all of humanity - including the "oppressed/ marginalized" as well as the "oppressors"); Rohr skillfully and very subtly shifts this core to loving the poor and oppressed and hating the oppressors vis a vis the "system" of big business, the "West," "patriarchal Christianity," etc. Rohr is neither the first nor the last person attempting to mold Jesus into a "new age" vision to align with his own political ideology. Between the lines of his text, Rohr seems to be suggesting that an idyllic socialism, first espoused by Babeuf and Owens, later repurposed by Engels, Marx, Stalin, Lenin, and so on is at the base of Jesus' plan for a new world order (i.e. `redistribution of wealth,' `government seizure of private property,' `blocked access to press,' and so on with undeniable horrific consequences to those who were oppressed within those systems - greater numbers of people were silenced and killed by socialist regimes than in the Holocaust of Nazi Germany).

Rohr uses slight nuances in language to distance himself from being labeled a "communist." I do agree with Rohr that Jesus cannot (and should not) be called a patriot (pg. 140), neither should he be called a communist. He uses much the same approach to distance himself from the teachings of the Jesus Seminar (i.e. John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg - both quoted in his book).

Another dangerous aspect of Rohr's teaching through this book is that there is no REALLY REAL basis for understanding good and evil, no moral ground upon which to stand, other than viewing the world through the "bias" of the "poor and oppressed," which begs the question; who ARE the poor and oppressed if, as Richard Rohr says that "the utter truth of this world....is nonetheless an acceptance that EVERYTHING except God is relative and is passing away?" (pg. 27) How do we differentiate between the truly oppressed in a system and the oppressors? How do we account for the absence of moral clarity in such a Jesus as Rohr proposes? Now please do not misunderstand me, I am not condemning anyone, but I (as do we all) have the responsibility to differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong. This is not to propose a "strictly close-minded uninformed black and white" view of the world, there is certainly a divine complexity in God's created universe beyond that which we can see, what we may call chaos or hidden order. Chaos is formed out of simple rules. Christian chaos is formed by Jesus' simple rule to love God and love our neighbors (all of humanity) as ourselves.

If you are looking for a book that gives you an understanding of why it is important to focus on Jesus rather than religion for religion's sake, I would recommend the book, More Jesus, Less Religion: Moving from Rules to Relationship by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton.
 
Demystifying "Jesus' Plan for a New World"  Feb 8, 2005
I know that as soon as I disagree with anything Father Richard Rohr (or his co-author John Bookser Feister) teaches that I am likely to be quickly dismissed or labeled as a close-minded Fundamentalist who "refuses to listen to what the Gospel authors are `REALLY' saying to their communities

With that said, there is "truth" to be found in the book, Jesus' Plan for a New World (Order), but that can also be said of the works of some of human history's worst oppressors. Richard Rohr is a skilled artist, brilliant in his command of language, powerful in his use of half-truths; therein lays the danger.

There is no denying that terrible atrocities have occurred in the name of Christianity, mistakenly justified by the abuse of Scripture. People have used and misused religious texts for millennia to justify their particular agendas, or so that they may more fully live into their personal bias. Rohr uses his mastery of language to confound the reader, hide his underlying message, shifting one away from the core of Jesus' teachings. Did Jesus tell us (his disciples and followers throughout human history) to stand on the side of the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized? Absolutely! Is Jesus asking us to hate oppression? Yes! But the Scriptures are so much richer than this. The Bible, as clearly stated in the introduction to this book "is the most controversial book in print."

At the very core of Jesus' teachings is the love of God and love for each other (all of humanity - including the "oppressed/ marginalized" as well as the "oppressors"); Rohr skillfully and very subtly shifts this core to loving the poor and oppressed and hating the oppressors vis a vis the "system" of big business, the "West," "patriarchal Christianity," etc. Rohr is neither the first nor the last person attempting to mold Jesus into a "new age" vision to align with his own political ideology. Between the lines of his text, Rohr seems to be suggesting that an idyllic socialism, first espoused by Babeuf and Owens, later repurposed by Engels, Marx, Stalin, Lenin, and so on is at the base of Jesus' plan for a new world order (i.e. `redistribution of wealth,' `government seizure of private property,' `blocked access to press,' and so on with undeniable horrific consequences to those who were oppressed within those systems - greater numbers of people were silenced and killed by socialist regimes than in the Holocaust of Nazi Germany).

Rohr uses slight nuances in language to distance himself from being labeled a "communist." I do agree with Rohr that Jesus cannot (and should not) be called a patriot (pg. 140), neither should he be called a communist. He uses much the same approach to distance himself from the teachings of the Jesus Seminar (i.e. John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg - both quoted in his book).

Another dangerous aspect of Rohr's teaching through this book is that there is no REALLY REAL basis for understanding good and evil, no moral ground upon which to stand, other than viewing the world through the "bias" of the "poor and oppressed," which begs the question; who ARE the poor and oppressed if, as Richard Rohr says that "the utter truth of this world....is nonetheless an acceptance that EVERYTHING except God is relative and is passing away?" (pg. 27) How do we differentiate between the truly oppressed in a system and the oppressors? How do we account for the absence of moral clarity in such a Jesus as Rohr proposes? Now please do not misunderstand me, I am not condemning anyone, but I (as do we all) have the responsibility to differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong. This is not to propose a "strictly close-minded uninformed black and white" view of the world, there is certainly a divine complexity in God's created universe beyond that which we can see, what we may call chaos or hidden order. Chaos is formed out of simple rules. Christian chaos is formed by Jesus' simple rule to love God and love our neighbors (all of humanity) as ourselves.

If you are looking for a book that gives you an understanding of why it is important to focus on Jesus rather than religion for religion's sake, I would recommend the book, More Jesus, Less Religion: Moving from Rules to Relationship by Stephen Arterburn and Jack Felton.
 
Jesus as avatar  Nov 6, 2004
Having just read an editorial entitled "Itching ears: Making a 'real' Jesus to fit the present times" by Andree Seu in the October 23 issue of WORLD magazine, I couldn't help marveling at how quintessentially accurate a review of Richard Rohr's book Ms. Seu's column is. The two paragraphs that portray the theological crux of Rohr's book most succinctly are these:

"[Judged by the standards of modernist scriptural scholarship] Spirituality is good; religion is bad. Seeking is good; finding is bad. Meditation is good; prayer is bad. Feeling is good; doctrine is bad. Monks are good; ministers are bad. Gregorian Chant is good; the Trinity Hymnal is bad. Ancient Greece is good; ancient Israel is bad. An inner "kingdom of God" is good; an eschatological "kingdom of God" is bad. The Gospel of Thomas is good; the Gospel of Luke is bad. [As a previous reviewer noted, in Rohr's case, it's the Gospel of John that's bad.] Medieval mystic Hildegard is good; John Calvin is bad. God our mother is good; God our father is bad. Jesus as avatar is good; Jesus as savior is bad. . .

"A stripped-down, Buddha-like Jesus is just the Jesus for our times. He is serene to the point of lobotomized. He makes no demands, brings no conviction of sin, is a hollowed-out vessel to be filled with what America's itching ears long to hear. In the beginning God created man in His own image, and ever since, man has been returning the favor. Heaven help this generation when it learns, too late, that the Christ it had bereft of an eschatological mission returns in all His eschatological glory on the clouds with the shout of an archangel and an uplifted sword."

If Jesus' words are to be believed, we truly need a Savior, not the "Jesus"-as-avatar counterfeit of the Jesus Seminar postmodernists. We need transformational regeneration, not rhetorical inspiration. The Bible, not any author's book or this site.com reviewer's commentary, is the place to find the real Jesus. Don't settle for pallid substitutes.
 

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