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In The End of Religion, Bruxy Cavey shares that relationship has no room for religion. Believers and seekers alike will discover anew the wondrous promise found in our savior. And Christ’s eternal call to walk in love and freedom will resonate with readers of all ages and denominations....

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  • Bart Breen
    2018-10-20 11:27

    Bruxy Cavey has provided a powerful book in the Spirituality vs. Religion Discussion that is going on in the wake of a decline in church attendance in the US and Canada (the author is Canadian). In order to provide some context to this review it's helpful to know the context in which the book was written by the author as well as the perspective of the reviewer.Bruxy Cavey is a pastor of sorts in a non-traditional fellowship located near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The church he is involved with puts itself forward as a church for people who don't like church. It appears to have an appeal for people who either have not been raised in a more traditional, formal church setting or who have come from such a background but come to a place in their life where religious tradition and things such as liturgy and orders of service have lost their appeal or usefulness in following Christ. That's not to say that Bruxy doesn't have some elements of his own church tradition and perspective present in this book. He does. While the expression of his beliefs may be seen as somewhat non-traditional, many of the perspectives he provides are coming from a Mennonite/Brethren point of view or what some might describe as a modified Anabaptist perspective.This reviewer is a former pastor and church worker who has left institutional church and is moving toward what is commonly known as "organic church." The reviewer therefore is coming from a position that is highly sympathetic to the author and for that reason it will be no surprise that the book is rated accordingly. The measure of a book however, is not necessarily that there is agreement with the author going in, but rather how well the author presents his material and states his case. It is in this measure that this book excels and met most of the reviewer's expectations.In reading some of the evaluations from different sources, it appears there is a small contingency of those who look at the title of the book, "The End of Religion" and draw from it an assumption that this is a book written in the vein of a recent resurgence in militant atheism or as it's referred to recently by the misnomer of "New Atheism." Such a perception would be dispelled by reading the continuing sub-title, "Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus." What is at work in this book is not a blanket condemnation of all religion, or specifically in this instance, of the Christian religion. This book is primarily an examination of those elements of religion which have become blockages for many people in seeing, understanding and coming to know Jesus Christ in a relationship that doesn't mistake religious trapping for the substance of genuine spiritual renewal.This is the "Religion" that Cavey speaks of ending and in many ways it ties into what appears to be an expanding dialog that focuses upon "Spirituality" as opposed to "Religion." Depending upon the point of view of the reader and whether they are defensive of these elements of religious tradition or as noted before, unreasonably expecting an atheist diatribe, there is something here for most followers of Christ who might happen upon it.More than anything, the predominant theme of this book is a focus upon Jesus Himself in the context of the times in which he lived and ministered. An examination of the Gospels (from which is where most scripture in the book is drawn) shows Jesus as someone who if anything, was a subversive figure, challenging the religious norms of his time and proclaiming that religious forms had come to replace the substance of genuine love for God. Extending this forward to today, Bruxy shows the irony that the "religion" that Jesus came to overthrow has in many regards come to be established and continued under the name of Christianity but completely foreign to the values and teaching of Jesus Christ and even more-so, the person of Jesus Christ.Cavey has a gift for taking these premises and through the use of well researched quotes or in his own writing, turning phrases that are pithy and on target in illustrating his point. Through a simple progression of examining the roots of Christ in the Gospels, the history of the religious establishment in place that Christ can to dismantle and then a comparison to today's religious establishments Cavey arrives at the primary purpose of this book, a challenge to retreat from the empty shell of what much of Christianity has become and to return to Christ in the context of relationship.This reviewer is accustomed to charging through and reading books quickly. This book however demanded a slower pace with pauses to ruminate and chew over the messages contained.In short, if you've ever found yourself frustrated by a shallow, systemic religion that seems to have lost sight of the person of Jesus Christ, or if you're a believer in Christ who longs for revival and personal renewal, this book is a strong offering in addressing where religion gets off the path and how to return to Christ as central to your spiritual life.5 stars. A profound and highly effective read.bart breen

  • David
    2018-10-22 07:40

    Bruxy Cavey definitely has some good things to say and throughout this book I found a number of good insights. I think this book would best be for someone who has been burned by religion, especially Christianity. He does a good job of basically summing up Jesus and calling on people to focus on the major important things.Yet I found a lot in this book that disappointed me or gave me questions. First, Cavey spends so much time taking shots at church history that it quickly got old. He dedicates a chapter to showing that the evils of church history do not line up with Jesus' teaching, and I agree that this is an important point to make. But in coming back to the point that church history failed over and over again Cavey begins to sound arrogant, as if where so many other who claimed to be following Christ have failed, he now has discovered the right way. It is easy to point a finger at others, but in doing so the implication is that finally now, after 2000 years, Cavey and those like him have it all figured out.Along those lines, Cavey tells us that followers of Jesus are not to judge others (p. 213), yet throughout the book he appears to often judge the way other Christians live, whether it be in church history or in contemporary life. Another inconsistency is that on page 66-7 he laments that at the end of the council of Nicea the "formerly united-although-diverse Christ-followers could not be officially divided into 'orthodox' and 'heretics' with the heretics being given the option of exile or death." He oversimplifies these debates because what we believe about Jesus influences how we live and worship. It sounds nice to say that we are just going back to the Bible, we are simply going to live the way Jesus taught. At some point we can't just say "let's all just follow Jesus" because there are theological (doctrinal?) questions to answer: which Jesus? Inevitably, answering that question is going to cause divisions. My point is that it is very easy to call on us to just go back to Jesus, to dismiss all of church history, or to claim we are doing things the way Jesus wanted. But upon deeper reflection, we realize things are not that easy. When we get back to Jesus, which Jesus is it: Jesus the man, Jesus who was not man, Jesus the fully God and fully man, Jesus the half God and half man? If this question does not matter, why write a book which says certain things about Jesus thus implying other things about Jesus are not true. In chapter 15 he writes that Jesus was God in the flesh, following the orthodox at Nicea, and on p. 213-4 he writes of conversations with Jehovah's Witnesses who follow the theology of the heretics of Nicea. So it appears Cavey thinks that some beliefs matter, that there is right and wrong. He bashes church history on one page while taking a side on another page. Overall, he has some good insights on the life of Jesus. If he had focused on that, on the positives of Jesus and how Jesus' teaching affects our life, and left his inconsistent critique of church history and historical theology out of it, this would have been a much better and more even book.

  • Al Pihringer
    2018-11-08 11:38

    I had such high hopes from this book, hoping to be led to a spirituality free from the trappings of burdensome human traditions that have no link or lineage to Scripture. I wanted to be free to follow Jesus without hindrance or presuppositions. This book, however, was not such a catalyst.Almost the entire book I questioned if the author was following the same Jesus I was following as given to us in Scripture. His mantra seems to be just to follow Jesus, but the question I kept asking is which Jesus is he talking about? Is he talking about some new age, emergent Jesus, or is he talking about the Jesus of the Bible? I found myself asking: does this author believe in the inerrancy of Scripture or doesn't he, because he never is clear about that? There was even a point I asked: is this author denying the Trinity? I also wondered if he was promoting some form of antinomianism. He is not clear at all about his theology or beliefs, and that takes away from the message he is trying to convey.I get that we need to follow Jesus in the Spirit, but at the same time you need to follow Jesus in truth as well. The author tells us we just need to have faith in Jesus, but your faith is only as good as the object of your faith. If your faith is in a Jesus that is not of Scripture, how do you know you're following the right Jesus?All in all I would not recommend this book because it might lead many astray who are not mature in the faith.

  • Mark
    2018-10-25 05:31

    A book that cuts through the rough history of Christianity and the organized establishments that have built up around Jesus, who, Cavey argues, actually came to break down the walls of religion. The irony is bittersweet but Cavey writes a most refreshing book that moves the focus to the teachings of Christ himself and not the establishments built up around him.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-16 08:26

    I can't say enough good about this book. If you've ever been fed up with the church, or gotten into silly theological debates, read it! It has completely opened my mind to what Jesus really came to do, and I can't believe I've been so clouded in my brain until now.

  • Robert Eddowes
    2018-10-30 09:37

    Deep, Jesus centric and grace based all as well as a very well researched, biblically accurate history lesson.Defiantly recommend this book to all those looking for a deeper understanding of what Jesus was, did and how He changed heaven and earth forever for everyone!

  • Jeanie
    2018-10-20 05:22

    Religion has different meanings for each of us. Some good, some bad. In this read we are given a description of religion which is taken from the book-Religion uses rules to force our steps, guilt to keep us in line and rituals to remind us of our failure to live up to those rules. By this definition, people tend to refer to an established sytems of belief about ultimate reality and the institutions that maintain them. I would have to agree to a point, but is it a bad thing. It can be, however, it can be a good thing as well. God is not a God of chaos and what is described above can avoid chaos. The bad thing is we can be so caught up in the "religion" that we are not free to love others and not deal with the issues of our heart. What is Christianity? According to Cavey, it is not assent to our belief in tenets of truth and then he goes on to say it is being in the participation in the activity of the Being of the one who is Truth. This statement is confusion. When we grasp the truth of the gospel and the amazing Grace of what Jesus did on the cross, the "activity" will come from a heart full of the grace which we have received. Another claim of Cavey is that Religion killed Christ. I think a more direct truth is that I killed Christ, you killed Christ. He goes on to say yes, the bible says that Jesus died for our sins, but it also says he died for our religion...What Cavey should have said that our religion is self. We can make Christianity about ourselves. The gospel is about Him and His glory. Cavey does not mention the gospel until the very end of the book and it lacking of depth of Christ.Another claim of Cavey ...As we have already seen, Jesus treated the Torah as God's word, but not God's final word. Intead, Jesus acted like his own teaching, and even his own teaching, and even his very life was God's ultimate message to humanity. I would have to agree however, I think this statement leads to confusion. The book of Revelation is not mentioned in this book which I find surprising since Christ wrote a letter to 7 churches about overcoming. Also not consistent with Cavey claim is not to add to the word of God and to take away. And of course, not mentioned was Christ's temptation with Satan. Where Satan tempted Jesus with the word of God-using half truth's and Jesus used the word to battle. Just like with Adam and Eve, Satan used questions Did God say, and Jesus 2000 years ago and today is saying IT IS WRITTEN.Cavey had some good words but with some good words, it was not complete.

  • Graham
    2018-11-01 05:39

    While I certainly appreciate Cavey's fresh take on radical submission to Jesus as the ultimate foundation of Christianity, I'm not sure I I agree in full with his final assessment- that Jesus proclaims an end to religion and new way of doing spirituality.Jesus is clearly in opposition to false religion, unprofitable superstition, and corrupt religious systems which oppress and/or exploit the masses. However, Jesus never condemns religious practice, but reorients it to himself and the Kingdom of God. Religious systems for the sake of religion or for the sake of passive compliance run counter to the message of Jesus. But Jesus also promotes communal worship, prayer, study, and preaching. These things can certainly be defined as religious. James tells us that proper religion is to care for the vulnerable and the refusal to have ungodly culture influencing character and behaviour. In other words, what we have in Jesus is a challenge to religious systems and a call to radical commitment to becoming Christ-like and embodying the goodness of Christ by living a life of love and justice like him. This can be called religion.With that said, the word religion carries so much baggage, that I need books like this to remind me to be first and foremost a disciple of Jesus. I am encouraged by Cavey's passion for rejecting the trappings of mindless obedience, and the subversive ways of Jesus. Jesus was an affront to the Jewish and Roman religious systems, in part because he proclaims that all the Old Covenant practices and promises find the fulfillment in him.I appreciate the outlining of the ways in which Jesus turns the practices of Second Temple Judaism on to himself. Cavey brings keen insights into the way in which Jesus confronts the old ways and reinvents them; that Jesus says don't follow the rules, follow me.The End of Religion is a worthwhile read, but should be taken with a grain of salt. It is an important voice in the discussion, but not the only voice. He is reacting against something in the Church which has made (and should make) people upset and uncomfortable. But in rejecting the trappings of a legalistic, ritual and routine based faith I have to wonder if Cavey has gone to the other extreme and missed Jesus call to publicly practice a faith which contains rites and routines which point to himself and have meaning inherent in them.

  • Heather
    2018-11-04 05:27

    I debated between giving 3 or 4 stars. I chose 3. While there are some great points made, he seems to really put down or judge a lot of people who do things differently than he does. yes I hate religion and the rules and I agree with his points made against it. But he almost seems to have something against Christians in general. like other churches not like his are based on religion and not Jesus. That Christians in general follow religion vs Jesus. I don't agree with that. While I do agree that some churches are terribly legalistic and focused on religion and are a big reason why people hate Christians, there are a lot of churches who are focused on Christ rather than religion. Sometimes I get the feeling he has some sort of chip on his shoulder or something. chapter 17 kind of got to me as well. It is called love instead of law. While he does make good points yet again, he also basically says if you truly love the other person in a relationship that you will do everything out of love and will know how to treat the other person. That you don't need to discuss what love looks like and you don't need to set rules. why do I disagree? Because love is shown and felt in different ways by different people. something you may see as loving isn't seen the same way by the other person. His example of knowing that you should call if you are late bc that is what you do when you love someone isn't quite right. You can love someone and be clueless about that sort of thing. I don't condone not calling if you are late but it does happen. It doesn't mean you don't love them. Certain things do need to be discussed. People don't have arguments because they don't love each other. Arguments can happen out of misunderstandings. Misunderstandings happen when you don't talk or discuss. I could continue here but will stop. Maybe I am reading into it too far but just an example of something I struggled with.

  • Matthew
    2018-11-14 08:21

    Bruxy Cavey offers us a tour de force with this engaging discussion of the subversive and scandalous nature of Jesus. It is an excellent book for anyone to read and to be challenged by our human tendency to be more in love with our rules than the reasons why we created the rules in the first place. Cavey is biblically accurate and writes so that he is easy to understand, but remains deeply challenging. You will need to have a bible or at least the internet open while reading this book. Cavey uses scripture as the basis for his arguments against religion, but is also simultaneously able to engage a reader who is not of Christian background.Without ruining the book with spoilers I will stick to this: Bruxy Cavey states that instead of having "organized religion" we should instead be striving for "organized irreligion" with Jesus being the center of our focus and our organization. The life and love of Jesus sums up the entire Bible.Again, a very highly recommended read. I may have to read it again to pull out even more gems!"The problem with organized religion is not that it is organized. The problem with organized religion is that it is religious - believing that its own set of rules, regulations, rituals and routines are the exclusive way to God." - Bruxy Cavey p.223

  • Rod
    2018-11-05 04:46

    Good Book, it made me think alittle. (Not alot though). I think most church-goers should read this, just for a healthy challenge.I somehow think this book needs more. I'm not convinced its deep enough and deals with all the issues the modern church must overcome to get closer to God. But its a good first step.

  • Audrey
    2018-11-13 09:26

    Bruxy Cavey invites and challenges us to experience the subversive Jesus of the Bible. He presents a marvelous picture of what Jesus wants for us .. an intimate and personal relationship with him, glorious freedom and renewal in Christ without the pain and misery of religion.

  • Chelsea Robertson
    2018-10-17 09:51

    one of the best book i read this year. a great fresh perspective admist all the other 'hip' and 'cool' and 'anti-establishment' perspectives which seem to be so popular right now.

  • Sally
    2018-11-03 03:46

    This is a really excellent book if you want to discover the difference between faith and "going to church."

  • Nick Richtsmeier
    2018-11-13 07:48

    Bruxy Cavey has become a bit of a hot item here in the microcosm of American church due—in part—to his most recent collaborations with Greg Boyd and very successful podcast of his sermons. I’m often rigidly disinterested in popular preachers, but I thought I’d give this a go based on a sermon I’d heard him give. This book is very good. It’s deeply considered, buried in Scriptural thinking and full of winsome heart. It misses some nuances that I am preferential to from other deep thinkers on Jesus-centric spirituality, but nothing that detracts from the incredibly high quality of the book. For those who have lost their taste for institutional church but don’t want to lose Jesus (or The Bible) in the process, this is an excellent place to start.

  • Jadon Haynes
    2018-10-26 05:32

    Not just a taglineAs a long time follower of Jesus I’ve used the phrase, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship,” all the while finding pride in doing religious things. I really like this book because Bruxy just continually points to Jesus and puts religious practices in their proper place. It’s easy to understand and I leave thoroughly encouraged but also challenged to always be reexamining myself to where I’ve let forms take place of faith.

  • Peter
    2018-11-17 06:38

    I wrote a PhD on Bruxy Cavey, and his podcasts are still enjoyable to me. His book, however, I have a harder time digesting. His appendix would be a place to start in terms of analysis, for it basically undermines the whole point of his book--that religion is evil and the cause of much of the world's political problems and wars. The appendix admits that his definition of religion is idiosyncratic, and the confusion around his terminology renders much of the rhetorical force of the book moot.Still, he is hammering on a point that has a wide audience today--especially the "spiritual but not religious" crowd: faith traditions can be abused and abusive, and we need to approach them with suspicion and even prophetic critique. The irony, of course, is that religion is necessary in that scenario to critique "religion" and thus it becomes a cat chasing its own tail.Theologically speaking, the critique of legalism, judgmentalism, hypocrisy, and violence has a long history in Christianity (beginning with God's whisper to Elijah in the mountain) and Cavey echoes this in his own clever (and at times too colloquial) way. If religion is gathering for prayer, meditating on the Bible, and offering alms for the poor, most Christians would hope it does not end, and since that is the basis of what Cavey's church does for most of its time together, it is not Cavey's message either. This equivocation of the term "religion" is timely for Canadian culture, but ultimately convoluted speech. I don't think Cavey will ever pull away from this rhetorical strategy as its working so well for him. But its idiosyncratic, and while it garners attention in its electrical terminology, it generates little heat or light for the long road of obedience. James K. A. Smith's oeuvre on the practise of faith in everyday life, rooted in a living, reforming tradition tied to the catholic church, seems to be of greater value to me. But that's another review.

  • Carolyn Lind
    2018-10-17 03:46

    I risked $2.99 when I saw this book on a shelf at Goodwill. Within its pages I found a very easy read with a challenging message; with its short chapters and suggested questions, this book would be great for a Sunday School class or small group. Cavey says, " I am not a writer. I believe in the message of this book, and the message is what drives me, rather than a love of writing." It appears that Cavey has some Anabaptist influences and he pulls together quotations and thoughts from a number of interesting authors: N.T. Wright, Marcus Borg, Karen Armstrong, Don Kraybill, Phillip Yancey, and Madeleine L'Engle are only a few you will find in this small book's extensive bibliography.A few quotations:"Like John Lennon, God imagined a place with no religion. He called it Eden and spoke it into existence.....If it is true that a world without religion was God's original design, then it is also true that a world without religion is God's final goal for us.""Whenever the church gets into bed with political powers, the church becomes the state's whore.""When sinful, broken, hurting people are pleasantly surprised at how accepting we are, and religious people outraged at how accepting we are, there is a good chance we're starting to live like Jesus. We will have finally learned the difference between acceptance and agreement--a lesson religious people find hard to grasp."I risked $2.99 for an unknown book & author; I found a treasure.

  • Sheila
    2018-10-19 04:42

    A while back, this book was offered for a short time for free on kindle, so I downloaded a copy. Boy, am I glad I did. What a thought provoking, eye opening, fascinating book. It's hard to write a rave review about a book about Jesus, because I know there are people who will read this who do not believe in Jesus, who will poo poo this whole thing, just because it is about Jesus. But really, what a thought provoking book this is. In fact, I am so intrigued by this book, and I highlighted so many passages in my kindle copy, that I am going to buy myself a real paper copy now, and plan on rereading this one again. So if you do believe in Jesus, or you consider yourself very religious, or you do go to church occasionally, or you used to go to church but don't any more, or you hate church and religion but you did at one time believe in Jesus, or you have heard of Jesus but really don't know much about him, or you are just really unsure of this whole "religion" thing, then you really might want to check this one out. This is not a rules, rites, pray this way, do this, don't do that, this is what you have to do book about Jesus. This is the total opposite of that. This book defines faith in a totally different way, and backs it up. And I personally found it very thought provoking and eye opening.

  • Samuel
    2018-10-30 04:24

    A favorite book of mine. Bruxy Cavey has a unique teaching and writing style that communicates incredible truths in an accessible way for the intellectual and the lay person alike. I appreciate his in depth research, witty sense of humour, and faithfulness to the Scriptures.The premise of this book is the revolutionary thesis that Jesus of Nazareth came not to start the new religion of "Christianity," but rather, to ignite an end to the Old Covenant and the need for a religious system to connect with the God of the universe. He argues (very well) that Jesus' ministry was not about a series of religious doctrines and regulations, but instead the offer of a new way of life, one that surpasses anything we could come up with on our own. The catch phrase "Christianity is not a religion...it's a relationship" rings true in like of Cavey's ideas.I would recommend this book to non-Christians, new believers, fundamentalists, and liberals alike as an accurate picture of what Jesus' came to do on Earth.

  • Dave Donahoe
    2018-10-20 08:27

    A book about religion that begins with a Monty Python quote & references the Evil Dead. Oh, you Canadians! This a fantastic, quick read describing how religion has interfered with man's relationship with God. It begins with Jesus' attempts to subvert religious doctrines and teach people that they do not necessarily need religion to have a relationship with God. He describes how organized religion has lost sight of the teachings of Jesus and is more concerned with the survival of itself. Jesus is not reduced to an historical figure as in many books of this nature, but maintains his divinity. There is a lot to be learned from this book, whether you are a church going person, or have your doubts about organized religion. You'll have a clearer picture of teachings of Jesus after reading this book. It might be a good idea if some of our religious leaders picked this up to remind them of what the Good News really is...the survival of the soul, not necessarily of the church.

  • Denise
    2018-10-28 04:48

    My last religious days were spent trying to find some redeeming value to faith and I stumbled across this book. If I remember correctly it was Mr. Cavey's interview on the Infidel Show that sparked my interest in his book.While reading, one foot was hesitantly planted in Christianity, and the other held in agnostic limbo, pointed toward atheism. His ideas did give me pause and I appreciate his approach, it is certainly a kinder more liberal outlook than the Christianity I was used to. A subversive Jesus is the kind of Jesus I can dig. I even went as far as to listen to and watch a number of Mr. Cavey's sermons.Ultimately, I did give up faith and superstition and the religions that go with them. My husband remains Christian, exposure to a different way of looking at scripture has helped him have a more relaxed view.

  • Greg Dill
    2018-11-10 09:51

    This book is clearly written for seekers, non-believers, and those who are disenfranchised with institutionalized religion. But, there is a caveat. It is also written for Christians who have institutionalized their brand of Christianity. Who have relinquished their faith to the status quo rather than the radical counter-cultural teachings of Jesus Christ. For those who have made a life in Christ... a religion. Cavey gets right to the point and gouges at the very core of what is wrong with Christianity... yesterday and today. In the latter half of the book he uses Scripture to show how Jesus demolished religion. Very well written, succinct, and relevant to a post-modern generation. Warning: If you are a fundamentalist of any religion, you won't like this book.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-23 04:31

    I wish everyone that encountered Christianity would encounter this book prior to encountering pulpits and denominations. For those of us who read Jesus in the Bible and don't gather the same meanings and attitudes as mainstream Christianity, this will be a breath of fresh air. For those who bicker over meanings of words and throw verses back and forth at each other, this would be a good challenge. For those who stopped fellowshipping with other believers intentionally, this may be a welcome back to find like-minded friends of faith. For those who don't follow Jesus, this could be a welcome mat in front of an open door. Thanks, Bruxy. And please keep writing!

  • John Hately
    2018-10-28 09:48

    In my first few years as a Christian, I was introduced to a book by a Canadian Pastor - Bruxy Cavey called 'The End of Religion." It started me down what might be a dangerous road, that which one doesn't need the 'religious rituals' in order to have a loving relationship with Christ. To date the jury is still out for me on religion as I have seen much corruption; however, before I write it off I need to understand whether this is but another trick of the enemy to cause division and deceit... Godspeed

  • Jasmine
    2018-11-08 08:21

    Bruxy provides some good insights and while I enjoyed this book I did find theoretical parts to drag on a little. I pulled a lot from sections that inspired me, including a part that I will quote: "when sinful, broken, hurting people are pleasantly surprised at how accepting we are, and religious people are outraged at how accepting we are there is a good chance we're starting to live like Jesus."I love that. I highly encourage all skeptics to have a read.

  • Gary Patton
    2018-11-04 06:51

    Religious Christians and those who only think they follow Jesus will hate Bruxy Cavey's first book.R-E-A-L Jesus Followers will love it. Reading it is like basking in a fresh breeze that blows away the detrious that spews forth from too many Christian church buildings and their pulpits.Pastor Cavey has an update in the works, coming early next year.GaryFPatton(2013-11-06 © gfp '42™)

  • David Robins
    2018-11-04 04:29

    Makes a good case that Jesus was an anti-religious radical in his time, attempting to destroy "organized" religion (and the traditions that grew up around it) in favor of a relationship. It's also clear, although the author doesn't point it out explicitly (but comes close in substance), that one could similarly defend Jesus' views as generally anarchist (voluntary submission to God is not the coercive imposition of a ruler).

  • Kevin Mackey
    2018-11-03 07:45

    Recommended reading for anyone who grew up in an American Evangelical Christian church.Author Bruxy Cavey paints a picture of Jesus that is irreligious, dynamic, subversive and "unsafe", while focused on love, diversity and unity.The world would be a better place if all Christian churches heeded Bruxy's advice but, "Few things take more courage and humility than to rethink one's own worldview." - so it's gonna take some time.

  • Darnell
    2018-10-20 03:40

    This book articulates a popular level version of the story of Jesus. Why was he so revolutionary in his time? Why do some of his followers believe they are called to a revolutionary love today? These questions and more are addressed in a very conversational way. If your curious about Jesus, or testing the waters of Christianity this is a must read!