'This book should be banned! It's DANGEROUS!' *
* So might any Christian say for whom faith functions like a comfortable chair and a lot of good will. If you are comfy and satisfied, then what you have might not be faith after all, explains Peter Rollins.
Christian faith only has meaning if it affects the ways that people live their lives. For many who are not Christians, cr
These are just a fe...more
I came across this book because my small group decided to read it, then abandon it halfway through. I was well-advised to pace myself instead of rushing through. The book is a bunch of short...more
Some of them are really troubling (though Rollins includes a commentary after each tale, which helps explain what he was trying to get at in each given tale). Though hey, this coming Sunday has a troubling parable in its lectionary, so I suppose Rollins is in keeping with tradition.
Something one reviewer mentioned and which I noticed partway through the book is that they get somewhat redu...more
But the drawback is that the message is almost always the same: love of God and our fellow man is the foun...more
The book ends with a commentary on a parable that essentially says that none of us hav...more
But whether effective as parables or n...more
My full review is at http://bookwi.se/orthodox-here...more
The ideas were nothing groundbreaking, but the format was a fresh way to present them, rather than the standard couple hundred page narrative. It was worth the rea...more
I found the prose explanations of most of the stories to be a bit distracting — I'd prefer that they be included as endnotes or something so that the stories could stand on their own before insisting on an interpretation.
Drawing largely from various strands of Continental Philosophy, Rollins' early work operated broadly from within the tradition of Apophatic Theology, while his more recent books have signaled a move toward the theory and practice of Radical Theology. In these bo...more