The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Christianity- New Testament Commentary

What Jesus Meant

by

What Jesus Meant Cover

ISBN13: 9780670034963
ISBN10: 0670034967
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

As the religious rhetoric of the culture wars escalates, New York Times bestselling author and eminent scholar Garry Wills explores the meaning of Jesus's teachings.

In what are billed as "culture wars," people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the "reign of heaven" Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. Jesus came from the lower class, the working class, and he spoke to and for that class. This is a book that will challenge the assumptions of almost everyone who brings religion into politics — "Christian socialists" as well as biblical theocrats.

But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity. Jesus without the Resurrection is simply not the Jesus of the gospels. Wills calls his book a profession of faith in the risen Lord, the Son of the Father, who leads us to the Father. He argues that this does not make people embrace an otherworldliness that ignores the poor or the problems of our time.

What Jesus Meant will no doubt spark debate about our understanding of Jesus and the Scriptures, especially as we head into midterm elections that will certainly prompt many heated discussions on the role of religion in our society.

Review:

"Christianity has been twisted and warped to such an extent that not even Jesus would recognize it now. This is Wills's thesis in his stimulating, fresh look into the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth. The now-ubiquitous phrase, 'What Would Jesus Do?' encouraged Wills, professor of history at Northwestern University and prolific writer on contemporary religion, to take a closer look at how the Christian message has been used and abused in recent times. Wills believes that most Christians don't understand Jesus' startlingly radical message, so they should not claim to have knowledge of how he would act today. People of all political persuasions have used Jesus' words to rationalize a domesticated, flaccid Christianity that upholds the status quo, or, worse yet, supports discrimination toward those who are on the margins. This attitude, according to Wills, completely misses the truth that Jesus 'walks through social barriers and taboos as if they were cobwebs.' Readers who are familiar with Wills's writing know that he is not shy about critiquing organized religion, and they will not be disappointed. Although his arguments lean toward hyperbole at times, at its core this book invites Christians toward more honest reflection on the life and message of the one they call 'Savior.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The Library of Congress holds close to 17,000 books on Jesus, and about the best thing that can be said about Garry Wills' 'What Jesus Meant' is that it is probably not the worst. Wills tells us in his foreword that Jesus is 'a divine mystery walking among men,' but rather than reveling in that mystery, he tries to solve it — dissolve it, actually — in a strange brew of devotional cant and historical... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Addressing the meaning of Jesus' teachings in the first century C.E., the book serves as a tool to combat the politicization of Jesus in the modern world....A fresh look at an old topic." Library Journal

Review:

"Wills' dissent from certain pro-clerical and exclusivist statements Benedict XVI has made assure him the continued opprobrium of institutional church hardliners, but his portrayal of Jesus the radical is so profoundly familiar as to be irrefutable." Booklist

Synopsis:

“Garry Wills brings his signature brand of erudite, unorthodox thinking to his latest book of revelations. . . . A tour de force and a profound show of faith.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

 

In what are billed “culture wars,” people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. But in this New York Times-bestselling masterpiece, Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the “reign of heaven” Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity. An illuminating analysis for believers and nonbelievers alike, What Jesus Meant is a brilliant addition to our national conversation on religion.

About the Author

Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine's Childhood, Saint Augustine's Memory, and Saint Augustine's Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

reversed.thunder, December 28, 2006 (view all comments by reversed.thunder)
I saw and heard Garry Wills on Charlie Rose's interview show on PBS and I was struck?impressed really?by his authenticity and the substance of his faith. As one who seriously considered pursuing theology as a calling, won a prize in religion at one time, and takes his faith seriously, I can only commend Mr. Wills for his courageous work. His book may not shake up biblical scholarship or Christological studies, his powerful conviction and reasoned arguments on behalf of a common-sense interpretation of Jesus' teachings sets a standard for insight and humane interpretation. Wills provides a superbly reasoned rebuke of those idolators and imposters of the militant "Christian" right and fag-hating/anti-abortion/ fundamentalists who would co-opt Yeshua ben Miriam's message and example for their ideological purpose.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(6 of 12 readers found this comment helpful)
HistoryEducator, December 22, 2006 (view all comments by HistoryEducator)
Amazing.........
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(4 of 10 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670034963
Author:
Wills, Garry
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Christology
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - Christology
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - New Testament
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20060302
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.38x6.42x.70 in. .65 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind...
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  2. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
    Used Mass Market $1.95
  3. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind...
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  4. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness...
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  5. Illusions: The Adventures of a...
    Used Mass Market $3.50
  6. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting... Used Hardcover $4.95

Related Subjects

Religion » Christianity » Christology
Religion » Christianity » General
Religion » Christianity » New Testament » Commentary
Religion » Christianity » Theology » General

What Jesus Meant Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.95 In Stock
Product details 176 pages Viking Books - English 9780670034963 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Christianity has been twisted and warped to such an extent that not even Jesus would recognize it now. This is Wills's thesis in his stimulating, fresh look into the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth. The now-ubiquitous phrase, 'What Would Jesus Do?' encouraged Wills, professor of history at Northwestern University and prolific writer on contemporary religion, to take a closer look at how the Christian message has been used and abused in recent times. Wills believes that most Christians don't understand Jesus' startlingly radical message, so they should not claim to have knowledge of how he would act today. People of all political persuasions have used Jesus' words to rationalize a domesticated, flaccid Christianity that upholds the status quo, or, worse yet, supports discrimination toward those who are on the margins. This attitude, according to Wills, completely misses the truth that Jesus 'walks through social barriers and taboos as if they were cobwebs.' Readers who are familiar with Wills's writing know that he is not shy about critiquing organized religion, and they will not be disappointed. Although his arguments lean toward hyperbole at times, at its core this book invites Christians toward more honest reflection on the life and message of the one they call 'Savior.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Addressing the meaning of Jesus' teachings in the first century C.E., the book serves as a tool to combat the politicization of Jesus in the modern world....A fresh look at an old topic."
"Review" by , "Wills' dissent from certain pro-clerical and exclusivist statements Benedict XVI has made assure him the continued opprobrium of institutional church hardliners, but his portrayal of Jesus the radical is so profoundly familiar as to be irrefutable."
"Synopsis" by ,
“Garry Wills brings his signature brand of erudite, unorthodox thinking to his latest book of revelations. . . . A tour de force and a profound show of faith.” (O, the Oprah Magazine)

 

In what are billed “culture wars,” people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. But in this New York Times-bestselling masterpiece, Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the “reign of heaven” Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity. An illuminating analysis for believers and nonbelievers alike, What Jesus Meant is a brilliant addition to our national conversation on religion.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.