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The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,355 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Who is Jesus? In The Third Jesus, Deepak Chopra provides an answer that is both uplifting and challenging to current beliefs. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three.

The first is the historical Jesus, the man of flesh and blood who lived more than two thousand years ago. The second Jesus is a person who never lived but is a figure created by the Church to represen
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2008)
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First, a recommendation about who should NOT read this book. Do NOT read this book if you are a Christian fundamentalist who cannot abide interpretations of Jesus different than the traditional one you receive at church. A non-traditional view of Jesus is what this book is all about. I've read many extremely negative reviews of this book from Christian fundamentalists. Most of those negative reviews were likely inspired by the last chapter of the book which directly criticizes the Christian righ ...more
I'm not going through it very quickly because the class I'm taking is kicking my butt, but what I have read has given me much to think about. And that's a good thing. Deepak Chopra makes it an easy read but gives you a lot to contemplate.

Favorite quote so far:

"You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible."

I looked and looked and for the life of me I could never find that place. So I decided to build it from scratch.

Second favorite quote:

"'In everything do to others as you
Picked this book up because of the back-cover comments from Bishop Spong: "As a Christian, I welcome his (Chopra's) insights into my Jesus and his provocative call to me to enter the 'Christ consciousness'"
Chopra's "Third Jesus", the Jesus of the spiritual path, is the radical loving Jesus that I long to find more often in conversations within the Christian Church. Reminding us that we don't have to wait on the church and its doctrine to walk a spiritual path, Chopra provides practical ways to a
Lauren Smith
Jesus taught God-consciousness. If you are open to reading this masterpiece, you will awake.
I was never a fan of Deepak Chopra, sometimes I think he talks out of his ear, but I was intrigued by the title of this book, I skimmed through it in the library and it looked interesting enough for me to at least give it a shot. At first, I had a huge chip on my shoulder, I thought "This guy is a flake", "He doesn't know Jesus from Joe". But I kept reading, because the more I read the better the book seemed. I didn't agree with some stuff he said, but some of what he wrote was enlightening. And ...more
Davis Aujourd'hui
As the author of a series of spiritually-themed novels, I am always on the outlook for spiritual books that broaden my perspective. This book not only accomplished that, but it helped me develop an even more intimate relationship with Jesus.

This is a book that could totally transform the spiritual understanding of Christians along with opening them up to a relationship with the Holy Spirit. It will also speak to people of other faiths since it releases so much of the dogma that can exist within
Joyce Norman
Not much in this book is new if you've read the Bible for yourself. However, Deepak Chopra dilutes much of the Scriptures and says that all that is in the Bible is not "true." Already, believers are closing Chopra's book and running for the hills. I found some mental and spiritual challenges in this book that made me think....that's not a bad thing. Thinking and then, believing, are certainly two entirely different action verbs regarding this book. It would be a great book to take on a trip with ...more
I just started reading this one. I picked it up on the weekend, and had been waiting for it to come out.

Deepak Chopra elegantly unwraps the reconciliation of Jesus Christ with Eastern thought and raising consciousness. He differentiates the historical Jesus, the one that would be revealed on the likes of Discovery Channel documentaries, from the Christian church Jesus, the one who various denominations have created to provide an example of "Christian" living...forgiveness, love, etc, from the "t
Much of the book encourages sort of Buddhist ideas -
nonattachment for example. Fine, but not really new insight
I found Deepak's interpretation of the bible and Christianity interesting coming from his outside perspective. An outside interpretation is wildly needed to be heard for the devout Christian. Unfortunately, many Christians wouldn't read this book or at least not read it completely through.

It is the last chapter where Deepak addresses the controversial issues that face Christian's today; homosexuality, war, abortion, etc... This is where the book becomes most intriguing however, the proceeding ch
This book deserves time and contemplation. Because of the complex nature of the subject, I have to re-read certain sections to make sure I really understand the message. On the whole, however, the writing flows smoothly and simply with moments of insight that seem to exude the PEACE that Deepak Chopra promotes via Jesus's teachings. I was magnetized to the book specifically because of the easy blend of western and eastern ideas, but I'm still skeptical of the "band wagon appeal" in which everyon ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Being a christian, there were some parts which were hard to digest, but overall - this was a great read with few extremely powerful thoughts (which I hope will accept as a part of my attitude toward life and faith). So..whatever I write in this review will surely not spoil the beauty or enjoyment of reading it. It's not a fiction with some characters you will love or hate...there is only one person here involved..YOU and your thoughts about the Third Jesus. Long time ...more
I found this book to be very thought provoking and it touched me deeply. I have waited a long time for someone to write a book like this about Jesus. The author himself states that Christian fundamentalists would not likely be the readers of this book, and quite frankly, even if they did read the book they would discount it immediately as it is different than the talking points they are spoon fed from their institution. To appreciate a book like this you must be willing to open your mind complet ...more
I chose this as a completely different Lenten book. Deepak Chopra went to a Catholic school in India even while he was raised at home in a Hindu family so he has his own understanding and relationship with Christianity. He does a convincing job describing Jesus's path from an enlightenment point of view beyond the 'first Jesus' who is historical, and the "second Jesus" who is the one based on fundamentalist literal belief.
Kimberly Cain
For those who appreciate Jesus' teachings, but do not appreciate much of what has happened to them at the hands of the Church. Christ-consciousness is something most people, even those not spiritually minded, can buy into when they understand that it is linked to knowing, understanding & embracing our own highest, most excellent selves.

Dr. Chopra does a good job expressing the teachings of the highly aware man, Jesus.
Shavar Ross
I would not recommend this book to someone who is new to the Christian faith. In fact, the book is so heavy, I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone who claims they are a "Christian". You have to already be at a certain place with God to really understand this book.
It was an overall interesting read, but with a wishy washy thesis and nothing that hasn't been said before, I wouldn't consider this a life changing book.
Jan 20, 2013 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
The only reason I didn't rate this book higher is that it became very tedious to read. It is so full of information that it was quite overwhelming. To be fair to Mr. Chopra, I think this is a book that I should own and take it a chapter or two at a time to really think about and put it into practice, because it definitely is not something that I can commit to in the three weeks I have it from the library. And to be completely honest, I skipped reading some of the descriptions of the scriptures, ...more
Chuck Engelhardt
Warning!!! This is not a book about the Jesus of the Bible even though it claims to be. Chopra's take is that Jesus "attained God-consciousness." As you would expect he does selective quotations from the Bible, but explains away what he doesn't want to use as information that was obviously biased because of the views of the writer. It doesn't seem to strike him that his selections are exactly that, selections made specifically to fit the bias of the writer.

I am saddened by the impression of Chri
Chris Webber
This book is yet another of a trend I've been following over the past five years. As more and more christians tend to be forsaking their traditional religion - most become absolutely secular in the form of agnosticism and atheism, a "new age" christianity is being molded. The call is to the doubting or departed christian.

"Jesus has been misunderstood."
"The real Jesus and his teachings were perverted by the Church who had their own motives of power, so they hijacked the good Jesus and wrote in
Chopra invites controversy in this book but it is well-written and is consistent with his views on spirituality and enlightenment. As a child Chopra was educated in Christian schools in India, and is well-versed in Christian history. He is very much influenced by the Gnostic gospels, works including the writing of the apostle Thomas, and gospels not accepted as part of the official Bible. Many of these gospels were discovered in Egypt in the 1940's and are considered authentic interpretations. ...more
This is the book people who are sick of being hasseled by religious nutcases have been waiting for. The author, Deepak Chopra offers three depictions of Jesus Christ. The first is Jesus as a historical figure who lived and died. The next is Jesus the center of Christianity and religious dogma. The last is Jesus as a spiritual philosopher and teacher.

Chopra uses his Indian heritage and knowledge of Hinduism to paint a picture of Jesus very different from some modern organized churches. Chopra us
An awe inspiring book. Chopra addresses all my questions regarding the contradiction about Jesus in the New Testament, and confirms my deeply felt conviction that God and Jesus are not what organized religion has made of them. Chopra goes to the heart of what has made so many leave organized religion: did Jesus came to be worshiped or to show us to remember that we are not separated from the "ONE"? Deepak Chopra brilliantly reviews Jesus words through the New Testament including the Agnostic Scr ...more
Well, this officially closes the door on my reading of Chopra. His "novel" on Jesus' life was bad, but this book is just brutal in every regard. I actually quit it three times but ended up with nothing else to read on a road trip so finished.
First, dude can't write. The novel was a pathetic stab, but I thought, "Maybe it's not his genre. I'll give him one more shot..." So I found "The Third Jesus" in our school bookstore for $1 and thought I'd give him another shot.
Even worse (and over-priced).
Erika Birdsley
This was an interesting book for me, as I was raised Catholic, bailed on that religion in 2001, started meditating with the Buddhists in San Francisco after that until 2005, then joined the next "cultish" modality with the Self Realization/Ananda crowd founded by Parmahansa Yogananda of India.

I like Chopra's analysis of the different religion's take on who Christ was, including who he was as a person in the time-frame he was living, who he was from the myth of the Catholic Church and other Chris
Carol Vuchnich
This book approaches Jesus as an individual who attained ultimate enlightenment. The traditional "dogma" of church teachings are set aside. Instead,Chopra tries to examine what Jesus says in the scriptures as an enlightened man rather than dwell on wheather he was literally the son of God. Chopra has consistantly over the years taught that every human has the compasity to find God within themselve. That God is esentially everywhere. He believes that individuals like Jesus, Buddah and others have ...more
I read this one on a library copy a few months ago. Now I have my own hardback copy and just went through for the second time. Very intriguing, to say the least. Its not like me to read books more than once, but I'm sure I'll have 3rd and 4th readings of this one.

"Jesus is in trouble. When people worship him today__or even speak his name__the object of their devotion is unlikely to be who they think he is. A mythical Jesus has grown up over time. He has served to divide peoples and nations. He h
An alternative subtitle might have been The Gospel According to Eckart Tolle. I found the audiobook thought-provoking, challenging, well-structured and impressively researched. Although well-narrated and easy to listen to I often would find myself losing track of the narrative as I pondered a particularly meaty thought the author had presented. I believe a second (or several more) read or listen is in order.
There are elements of Chopra's argument that deserve further study, I am sure. But, he does seem to give much credence to the Gnostics, which takes away from his otherwise quite compelling thoughts on using eastern techniques to allow us all to reach Christ who resides quite near us. There are probably better works of Christian belief on which to ponder how better one might live - but give this one a go if you are looking for a stretch.
This is my first Deepak Chopra book and likely my last. I started out liking his observation on Jesus but by the end of the book I felt as though he had diluted the Jesus that so many people, including myself, call their Saviour. I think I picked up a couple of good tips on meditation and how to deal with negativity. Initially, I really liked that he used the Bible to support the characteristics he observed about Jesus but when it came to discounting characteristics about Jesus he was very selec ...more
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