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tobeTo Be or Not To Be A Christian

As the Table of Contents below indicates this book is a collection of gems. These short pieces were written and collected during over a decade-long span of time. Many of these topics were written about again in more recent times, but here we have original insights often put in brief and clarifying ways. This book belongs to the history of Realistic Living offerings A selection of these spins could make a useful study course.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction: Does Good Christian Religion Exist?

PART ONE: WHAT IS GOOD RELIGION?
1. Toward an Awareness of Human Authenticity
2. From Transcendence to Transparency in our Basic Spirit Metaphors
3. Evil as Psychological Despair and Sociological Demonry

PART TWO: CHRISTIANITY IN A TRANSPARENT MODE OF EXPRESSION
4. My God is Yah
5. The Earthquake and God
6. Is The Wholeness of Being an “It” or a “Thou.”
7. Rescuing the Bible from Patriarchal Bath Water
8. Literalism is not innocent Religion
9. A Virgin Birth for Everyone
10. The Earth Mother and the Biblical God
11. Nobodyhood in the Christmas Crib
12. Full-Bodied Resurrection
13. Behold the Leader of the Vanguard
14. Retelling the Old, Old Story of Creation, Fall, and Redemption
15. Holy Ambiguity
16. There Are No Models of God
17. Dominion Reexamined
18. Contentless Christianity in a Post-Western Era

PART THREE: THE COMMUNAL EMPHASIS IN GOOD CHRISTIANITY
19. Toward a Christian Theology of Community
20. The Community-Building Tasks of the Christian Vanguard
21. A Brief History of Going to Church
22. Solitude, Intimacy, and Christian Life Together
23. The Importance and Dangers of LIturgy
24. The X Y Z?s of Biblical Interpretation
25. Organic Leadership and the Steps of Leadership Growth
26. To Be or Not to Be a Christian