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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
Paperback, 140 pages
Published July 12th 2007 by IVP Books
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Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
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
Sarah E
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is advertised as being written for an audience that is searching for the truth about Jesus. That being said, I've been a Christian my whole life and I learned plenty of new things while reading this book. It is very clear and easy to read. The author walks the reader through the New Testament gospels, summarizing and emphasizing the main points. I especially enjoyed his inclusion of the historical context. The author warns at the beginning of the book that he often writes whatever pops ...more
Laura Slusar
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book accomplishes exactly what the title promises. I really wish the "What's the point?" aspect was longer. Also, the author does a good job providing evidence of the existence and truth about Jesus... without coming off as preachy or a nutcase. He really does keep religion out of it, which is refreshing.

I highlighted a lot in this book. When someone asks me "Um, so why did you become a Christian all of a sudden?", I just want to hand them my copy so they can read what I highlighted, becau
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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
Oct 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is written as if someone wrote out their thoughts on Jesus and never edited a thing. It's confusing to follow and I am a Christian already. There are too many worldly examples which are hard to follow since he seems like all he does is ramble. By the time he gets to what you think is the point you've forgotten what the beginning was about. This book was written for the unsaved who want to know about Jesus but don't really want to know the Truth or be saved. I would not recommend this b ...more
Liliana Mejia
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
A good introductory apologetics book. It presents a very condensed, accessible description of the Gospels and Jesus. Rick James does a good job of presenting topics simply. For the average reader and spiritual seeker, this book will be good. However, the more skeptical would certainly pose tougher questions that this book may not be able to fully answer. Even so, this is a good, quick read for an explanation of why Christianity makes "sense."
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is all about context. The context of the Gospels and Jesus and his teachings. Since I payed zero attention in my religious education classes as a child, this book what quite interesting. I have not read the Bible, but at least a little of it will make more sense if I ever do pick it up. The author does use a lot of modern day analogies, which sometimes gets a bit annoying. Otherwise it was an interesting read, which is good for a book I got free sometime during college.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Jason Robertson
Oct 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lauren Bowker
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This book served its purpose: explaining who Jesus was, what he did, and what the point was.
Dayna Westbay
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good perspective and worth the two sittings it took to get through it. :)
Katy Zmuda
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. And an easy read. While the book is written for non-Christians, I'd encourage anyone to read it. It gives an easy review of who Jesus was and the example he set for us.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I was expecting more new insights but there were not many. The author does have a nice quirky sense of humor which I enjoyed.
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ivp
Scriptural interpretations laid out simply and yet with historical context and new insights. Explains Jesus as seen in Scripture and why it all matters.
Virginia Knowles
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
The best "introduction to Christianity" book I have seen. It is very winsome and solid at the same time -- a rare combination.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Author has a sense of humor, and it was nice to read without religious jargon getting in the way.
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
Excellent, accessible apologetics for people who want to cut through the religious crud.
Amanda Bennett
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Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This honestly has effected my faith and I think all christians should take an unbiased look at Christ now and then.
Steve Goodwin
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