Synopses & Reviews
Wirzba (Food and Faith) research professor of theology and ecology at Duke University believes that Christianity still matters—despite the view that it may be a force of exclusion—especially if the church can refocus Christianity’s main purpose: training the devout in the way of love. Jesus originally envisioned the church as a “training camp for love” but when followers forget that or if they aren’t equipped to fulfill this core mission Wirzba states the purpose of Christianity can become unclear and disorder and corruption can cause Christians to lose their way. Wirzba challenges readers to relearn the example of Jesus and to be inspired by God’s original intention to love unconditionally. Through personal stories general history and Bible passages Wirzba explores the topics of love creation sin and redemption. This hopeful book will serve Christians as a loving reminder of Jesus’s original message. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
The pioneering scholar and author of Food and Faith and Living the Sabbath asserts that Christianity has slid off its rightful foundation, arguing that the faith only makes sense and can only be expressed in a healthy way if it seen as based on love, with a mission of training others in the way of love.
It s often said that God is love, yet his message of compassion and caring for others is often overshadowed by the battles dividing us politically, culturally, and religiously. Why does Christianity matter if it isn t about love? asks Duke University professor of Theology and Ecology Norman Wirzba.
The Way of Love invites readers to experience Christianity that is centered on love. Extensive theological training cannot replace the way of love that transforms and connects each of us to God and the faith, Wirzba contends. Interweaving illuminating testimonials, historical references, and Scripture, he reveals how love allows us to move into the fullness of life; when we do not love we lose our faith. To fail to love, he reminds us, is to lose God.