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Seeing through the Eyes of Jesus: His Revolutionary View of Reality and His Transcedent Signigicance for Faith
Rather than looking at Jesus -- the popular conception of the “historical Jesus” -- John Baggett contends that we should instead look with Jesus at the realities of God and neighbor as he perceived them. Baggett incorporates the witness of the key human relationships of Jesus, looking at why those earliest believers and friends considered him divine. Baggett then asks how ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published September 5th 2008 by Eerdmans
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Rev. Dr. John F. Baggett is a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He holds a Masters in the Anthropology of Religion and a Ph.D. in Psychiatric Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served United Methodist pastorates in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Chicago. and has been a frequent lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies, and Anthropo ...more
“To commit one’s life to the Jesus Reality is far more than an intellectual undertaking. While the Reality of Jesus is a perspective, it is not a worldview in the sense of a particular cosmology, or a body of doctrinal knowledge requiring assent. Rather it is a Word that addresses our lives and speaks to our human condition. It demands that we examine our own hearts, take inventory of our human failings, and open our lives to forgiveness and grace. It breaks the illusions of our self-importance and self-reliance, and calls us to recognize the Spirit reality that already exists in our midst and already lives in our hearts.”
“Reality does not force itself on anyone...But just because the Word as reality does not force itself on the world does not mean that the choice one makes in relation to this reality is without consequence...John declares that Jesus, as the revelation of reality, is not one reality among others, but Reality itself. To miss living in this Reality is to miss life itself.”More quotes…