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Jesus Without Religion: What Did He Say? What Did He Do? What's the Point?

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Great. Another book about Jesus. Whose agenda will the author be lugging along this time? Author Rick James begins by clearing his throat. Free of creeds, quarrels and specialized theologies, he speaks of Jesus. No dogma, no politics, no moral at the end. Jesus. What he said. What he did. And what, exactly, was the point. The answers about Jesus, according to Rick James, a ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 12th 2007 by IVP Books
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I've been looking for this book for a long time. Rick James (no, not THAT Rick James) writes a book about the life, meaning, and message of Jesus for the non-religious person. Using clear language, excellent insight, and a somewhat off-the-wall sense of humor, James walks through selected events from the gospels to draw an illuminating picture of the Biblical Jesus. He also addresses common concerns such as the reliability of the Bible. This is a great book for people who are interested in the J ...more
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I was given this book when I passed by a table on campus hosted by the "Campus Crusade for Christ." The Campus Crusade is basically a group trying to generate religious discussions among students without pushing any particular religious tenets...a sort of lower pressure forum for students to think about religion. This book takes that same tactic. It looks at the Bible's treatment of Jesus Christ and evaluates the messages presented by the gospels as well as some of the writings from the Old Test ...more
Jesus without Religion is very well balanced. The book is aimed largely as the spiritually-hungry non-Christian, hoping to open their eyes not to Christianity, but to the real thing that matters, Jesus (the true biblical Jesus, that is). I think Rick James does an excellent job. It is orthodox (remaining grounded in the Bible and affirming Jesus' death, resurrection, and deity), yet it is simple and straight-forward, not getting very "religious." He lays it out clearly, and in a manner that is e ...more
Liliana Mejia
An accessible book on the life & message of Jesus written in a fresh and practical way - especially valuable in terms of understanding how to read the various books of the Bible [with Christ's life, death and resurrection at its crux]. I found the book's biggest weakness to be it's emphasis on redemption being limited to a spiritual redemption/reign of God; leaving the gospel's impact with implications only for one's heart, rather than a redemption of all things.
Excellent, accessible apologetics for people who want to cut through the religious crud.
Decent book to pass to a friend who wants to know about Jesus & doesn't & you don't have time to talk with them & they really like metaphors... but if you already know about Jesus, this book will make you feel like it is talking down to you. I got rather tired of how he kept trying to toss modern-day things in the book, & reeeaaally wanting to sounds cool & hip & 'down-to-earth' or something.
Rick James writes with wit, humor, and honest feelings that instantly cause you to think you're talking with an old friend. This books examines who Jesus is and how he worked on earth, effectively picking him up out of the trappings of religion and showing Christ for who he is. While it is a great read, I wish it would have been written to a higher reading level.
Rebecca Sutherland
Awesome and honest, this book looks at the life and death of Christ and why it even matters. James' humor laced throughout kept it from feeling "churchy" and still the message was clear- raw truth, real meaning, and an ending that leaves a clear perception of grace and redemption outside religion.
The title deceived me. I anticipated a postmodern representation of the message of Christianity.

Instead, Rick James gave a simple and unique presentation of the gospel.

While not theologically perfect, Rick's unique writing style offered an enjoyable learning experience.
Lauren Bowker
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Rick James does such a good job at explaining a lot of things we get wrapped up in that aren't important. He brings it all back to Christ and what it means to follow him. Love it'nn
Jason Robertson
A wonderful book for both apologists and skeptics alike. I laughed the whole way through it and learned a bit along the way as Rick James made his way through an accessible, simple, and expanded explanation of the gospels.
Katy Zmuda
Very good! Even tho he said he was going to explain everything clearly and in nonchristian terms, even I as a christian couldn't understand him all the time. But very good, witty, and smart!
Virginia Knowles
The best "introduction to Christianity" book I have seen. It is very winsome and solid at the same time -- a rare combination.
This honestly has effected my faith and I think all christians should take an unbiased look at Christ now and then.
This book served its purpose: explaining who Jesus was, what he did, and what the point was.
Author has a sense of humor, and it was nice to read without religious jargon getting in the way.
Amanda Bennett
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Scriptural interpretations laid out simply and yet with historical context and new insights. Explains Jesus as seen in Scripture and why it all matters.
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