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Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All (Paperback)

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For the millions of people who identify as liberal Christians. In McLennan's bold call to reclaim ownership of Christianity, he advocates a sense of religion based not on doctrinal readings of scripture but on the humanity behind Christ's teachings. He addresses such topics as intelligent design, abortion, same sex marriage, war. torture and much, much more. As he says in the Preface, "We liberal Christians know in our hearts that there is much more to life than seems to meet the rational eye of atheists; yet we find it hard to support supernatural claims about religion that fly in the face of scientific evidence."

About the Author


Rev. Scotty McLennan is the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University. He was the University Chaplain at Tufts University from 1984 to 2000, and Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School for ten of those years. He is the author of Jesus Was a Liberal. In 1975, he was also ordained to the ministry (Unitarian Universalist) and admitted to the Massachusetts bar as an attorney. He is the inspiration for Doonesbury's Rev. Scott Sloan. He lives in Stanford, California.

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“McLennan's writing is that of a thoughtful scholar. . .This book will reward any reader with an open mind and a curiosity about the breadth of the Christian faith.” —Library Journal

“McLennan's presentation is remarkably thoughtful, respectful, and balanced as he argues that liberal Christianity is a vital expression of faith.” —Publishers Weekly

“His book is a manifesto of sorts for those who are both unapologetically Christian and liberal. He takes readers through the major concerns of liberal Christianity, both theological and social, and draws conclusions that are sure to both enrage and amuse those who don't share them.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“Rev. Scotty McLennan is reasonable and humane. . . he makes religion sound like a valuable tool for humanity, the kind of social movement that could bring us peace, understanding, tolerance and love.” —The National Post (Canada)

“[A] time'y and powerfully reasoned argument that it's time for liberals to reclaim ownership of Christ as he was--an outlier, a passionate but rationalist revolutionary who spoke to the best in us.” —Garry Trudeau, author of Doonesbury

“An immensely readable book that reclaims the honorable word 'liberal' for a vision of Christianity that is persuasive, compelling, and faithful.” —Marcus J. Borg, author of The Heart of Christianity and Jesus: The Life, Teaching and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary

“A wonderfully readable and very timely book. It makes Jesus available again, as he has been at many times in history, to a much wider spectrum of people, and not just 'liberals.' Will be appreciated by those who want to 'conserve' what he stood for, taught and died for.” —Harvey Cox, author of When Jesus Came to Harvard and The Future of Faith

“A clear-eyed, hopeful manifesto of belief, written with style and integrity. At last - the progressive case for faith, powerfully made.” —James Carroll, author of Practicing Catholic



Product Details
ISBN: 9780230103405
ISBN-10: 0230103405
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: December 7th, 2010
Pages: 272
Language: English
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