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Jesus' Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount

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When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, he was talking about an utterly different way of relating to human society as we know it. He was talking about a new world order, a term recently on the lips of politicians. What a false sense of the term they have used, contends popular preacher and author Richard Rohr. "I doubt that any major political leader would align a new ...more
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Published March 1st 1996 by St. Anthony Messenger Press
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Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
After I finished Rohr's "Hidden Treasures: Scripture as Spirituality" I bought this book as it tends to be almost a sequel to that book. I was easier to read but some of the new principles learned there are augmented in this book.

The first thing I highlighted in the book was something that offended me, "He’s God of our saved Church, which means that our Church—and we—are right. If we are honest enough to admit that bias, we may have a chance of letting go of it for a richer understanding of the
Paul Patterson
Apr 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Rohr calls himself a mediator between scholarship and the average educated readers of Scripture. He does an excellent job transposing the diligent work of commentary and historical studies into accessable but not "dumbed down" language. The result is not remarkably unexpected, Matthew and the Sermon on the Mount come alive and relevant to many more readers than those in the academe. If anything we need more mediators if we want to retrieve the Scripture from hands of literalists or liberals want ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Richard’s Rohr’s book is supposed to be about the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, it’s about his theology of who Jesus is and what he did on Earth, with an analysis of the Sermon on the Mount at the end. Due to my incorrect expectations, I found the book’s structure to be confusing. It would have been helpful if he had more clearly explained his overarching goals from the beginning.
As far as content, I felt the book was generally good. I disagreed with some of the what Rohr said (usually when he w
Jul 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
This book takes me back to memories of the "Jesus People Movement"
in the '70s. After being released from the military and going back to college, I was searching for an answer to the question: why am I here?

I had become a hippie and anti-establishment proponent with revolutionary thoughts. I saw Jesus as a revolutionary figure and became one of His followers. Richard Rohr present Jesus in the same way in this book. Jesus' message was, "...the Kingdom of God is in your midst." Jesus is presenting
Lee Ann
I have read many Richard Rohr books, taken his online seminars, and organized book studies featuring his works. He is a prolific writer -- as my priest says, no thought goes unpublished. This book was a least favorite because I really was hoping for a blow by blow analysis of the Sermon on the Mount and its radical nature. I reread the Sermon on a regular basis for contemplation and inspiration. He really did not dive into the Sermon on the Mount until the last chapter. I know he was setting the ...more
Mary Sogan
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great message!

Answered many of the questions I have, because of my image of God, like the author's, is that God is the "PERFECT PARENT". It also validates that We Christians, like the rest of humankind, take ourselves to seriously and believe our beliefs are exactly the only TRUTH. As a parent, I have a real problem with that, because I can't think of anything that would make me completely turn my back on my children. Also, as a follower of Jesus Christ, He is teaching me to, like Him, see all m
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rohr spends 4/5s of the book exploring all the ways Jesus was a countercultural subversive and 1/5 final execution of the Sermon on the Mount. If you ever doubt that Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is counter-cultural transformation from the ground up then read this book. Leading up to the Sermon is some excellent historical/cultural/social critique. I would have preferred a little more theological depth for the actual Sermon, but that's what the in-depth commentaries are for so my nit pick is just t ...more
Andrew Marr
There are so many good things in this book with enriching spiritual insight that are worth at least five stars, but I did find this book not as well-focused as I would like. The subtitle suggests a book length commentary on the Sermon on the Mount but we only get this, briefly, at the end of the book. Even so, highly recommended for its challenging insights into the kind of life Jesus would have us live.
Alan Brehm
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Much of the early chapters is a re-hash of biblical scholarship on the Sermon on the Mount (which Rohr acknowledges). Where Rohr makes a real contribution is when he shares his interpretation of the Sermon itself.
Angela Joyce
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith-in-general
Let me put it this way: for the first time in my life, I read a book with a highlighter in my hand... and used it copiously. This is one of the most accessible, relevant, and "amen"-inducing books I've ever read.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very good - but i need to read slow and probalby re-read often to get out of it what is said. Not a religious book
Not my style of writing somehow. Too?? something
Ron Willoughby
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sermon-on-mount
Not certain I whole-heartedly agree with some of Father Rohr's conclusions, but he has to be one of the most quotable people I have read recently. A challenging, insightful read.
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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplat ...more
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