Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel has said that there is a new commandment: ''Thou shalt not stand idly by.''
This audiobook articulates a progressive faith that represents a true marriage of the academic work of the modern biblical critical movement and the historical Jesus work of the Jesus Seminar applied within the life of an active parish. Setting aside the magic and superstition found in much of traditional religious life and affirming an evidence-based approach to faith, author Roger Ray strives to apply Wiesel's injunction to actively respond to the injustice, violence, and discrimination in the world.
In concrete terms, Ray describes what progressives can embrace intellectually and morally, and how those convictions can be lived out in a faith community.
Passion, logic and a call to action to increase social justice.
I recommend this book to anyone who claims to have religion, as well as those who have left the church due to intolerance.
Roger L Ray, the pastor of a community church in the USA, writes very honestly about the urgent need for people of faith to practice and preach what he calls "evidence-based religion"; to own up about the pre-scientific assumptions of the Bible and to hear a prophetic call away from contractural, salvation-securing beliefs and practices to those of Jesus' call to a life of radical compassion. He does not claim to have all the answers but he determined to be honest to himself, to others and to "the One in whom we live and move and have our being". If you're looking for food and encouragement in your attempt to be similarly truthful, this book is for you.
Like Roger Ray and listen to his messages on FB often. was really looking forward to this but left disappointed.
It is so American that often I found myself just lost with the cultural references and illustrations.
It turns into a political rant and doesn't address the faith and practice I was hoping it would.