What Jesus Meant (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 2, 2006 - Religion - 176 pages
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“Garry Wills brings his signature brand of erudite, unorthodox thinking to his latest book of revelations. . . . A tour de force and a profound show of faith.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)
In what are billed “culture wars,” people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. But in this New York Times-bestselling masterpiece, Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the “reign of heaven” Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity. An illuminating analysis for believers and nonbelievers alike, What Jesus Meant is a brilliant addition to our national conversation on religion.

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This is a slim, thoughtful volume that presents an alternative to the common portrayal of Jesus in fundamentalist or evangelical Christianity (a friend coined the short-hand term of "the WWJD Jesus ... Read full review

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Jesus, simply. Wills brings out the radical and difficult standards Jesus desired of humans: To love one another; to give up your worldly possessions and follow him; to render what is Caesar s unto ... Read full review


A Note on Translation
Christ Not a Christian
1 The Hidden Years
2 The Work Begins
3 The Radical Jesus
4 Against Religion
5 Heavens Reign
6 Descent into Hell
7 The Death of God
8 The Life of God

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About the author (2006)

Garry Wills is an Emeritus Professor of History at Northwestern University. Born in Atlanta in 1934, he has taught widely throughout the United States. A prolific writer and scholar, Wills is the author of more than twenty books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Lincoln at Gettysburg, Papal Sin," and "What Jesus Meant." He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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