Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All

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St. Martin's Press, May 12, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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For the millions of people who identify as liberal Christians. In McLennan's bold call to reclaim ownership of Christianity, he advocates a sense of religion based not on doctrinal readings of scripture but on the humanity behind Christ's teachings. He addresses such topics as intelligent design, abortion, same sex marriage, war. torture and much, much more. As he says in the Preface, "We liberal Christians know in our hearts that there is much more to life than seems to meet the rational eye of atheists; yet we find it hard to support supernatural claims about religion that fly in the face of scientific evidence."

 

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McLennan (dean for religious life, Stanford Univ.; Finding Your Religion), ordained in the Unitarian Universalist faith, examines liberal Christianity, its definitions of relevant terms like God and ... Read full review

Contents

Jesus Science
3
The Essence of Liberal Christianity
27
God
44
Jesus and the Church
63
Understanding the Bible
78
Faith
97
Talking to Atheists and Christian Conservatives
113
Poverty Bigotry War
135
Church and State
157
The Trinity Communion
177
Advent Christmas
199
epilogue reclaiming liberal christianity
215
acknowledgments
227
INDEX
254
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The Rev. Scotty McLennan is the dean for religious life at Stanford University. He was the university Chaplain at Tufts University from 1984 to 2000, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School for ten of those years. McLennan received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970 as a Scholar of the House working in the area of computers and the mind. He received his M.Div. and J.D. degrees from Harvard Divinity and Law Schools in 1975. In 1975, he was also ordained to the ministry (Unitarian Universalist) and admitted to the Massachusetts bar as an attorney. He is the author of Finding Your Religion and was the inspiration for Doonesbury's Rev. Scott Sloan.

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