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Christianity without God [Kindle Edition]

Daniel C. Maguire

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Argues that Christianity does not require its supernatural aspects.

Christianity without an omnipotent god, without a divine savior, without an afterlife? In this bold and hopeful book, theologian Daniel C. Maguire writes that traditional, supernatural aspects of Christianity can be comforting, but are increasingly questionable. A century of scholarly research has not been supportive of the dogmatic triad of personal god, incarnate savior, and life after death. Demonstrating that these beliefs have questionable roots in historical traditions, Maguire argues for a return to that brilliant and revolutionary moral epic of the Hebrew and Christian Bible. Rescued from god, Christianity can offer a realistic global ethic to heal a planet sinking under the effects of our ungrateful mismanagement.

“Once again Dan Maguire’s new book is at the cutting edge. Passionate, yet crystal clear, Christianity without God distills the essential Christian message from the mythological and theological accretions that have distorted it. It’s a message we need today, more than ever.” — David R. Loy, author of Awareness Bound and Unbound: Buddhist Essays

“For many of us, Maguire’s book will be a kind of homecoming. Someone, at last, has had the courage to write what so many of us have been thinking.” — John C. Raines, author of The Justice Men Owe Women: Positive Resources from World Religions

“With immense learning and considerable charm, Daniel Maguire evokes a Christianity freed from dogma, literalism, self-righteousness, and terror. Believers and skeptics alike can delight in what’s left: poetry, morality, a sense of awe and wonder. In a word, humanity.” — Katha Pollitt, author of The Mind-Body Problem: Poems

Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University and the author or editor of many books, including (with Larry L. Rasmussen) Ethics for a Small Planet: New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology, also published by SUNY Press.

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About the Author

Daniel C. Maguire is Professor of Ethics at Marquette University and the author or editor of many books, including (with Larry L. Rasmussen) Ethics for a Small Planet: New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology, also published by SUNY Press.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5719 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 143845404X
  • Publisher: SUNY Press (19 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop, Look , Listen 3 Nov. 2014
By John S. Wintermyer - Published on
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Dan Maguire challenges all the doctrines upon which the Church has "rested its case" concerning the Divinity of Jesus and in faqct the very basis of "a God" or of "divine presence" somehow functioning in our world and so in the many religious communities which claim "they speak for God".
We are truly ignorant of the development of the "Hebrew and Christian Scriptures". We have allowed institutions to give the basis of what is found in these writings. Modern scholarship has put into question most of the presmises upon which these institutions have been founded.
Did Jesus ever set out to "found a Church"??? Did he really "ordain priests" at the last supper? Did he really appoint Peter as "head of the Church"??? And did he simply ignore the role of women in his early community and did they just "serve and wait on the table" for the "boys"??
Dan gives us a lot to think about and added to the pursuit of real scholarship we have a lot of questions to challenge the basic belief system of most of the religious communities of our day.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maguire speaks truth boldly 1 Dec. 2014
By Joseph P. Mahon - Published on
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Daniel Maguire clearly makes the point for Christianity without God. Having read the book twice, my reaction was that I now have no one to talk to when I need help; however, a weight has been lifted from me. For a long time I have had the sense that God is not up there and out there awaiting discovery by a NASA space probe. Bishop Spong says that God is not out there waiting to come down and rescue us.
My study of Thomas Merton tells me that God, the Love that energizes the cosmos, dwells deep within me. Life is a struggle to embrace Life-Love and overcome the survival instinct. Hence morality. We are not here for ourselves. We are here for others. The poetic metaphor of the world's varied scriptures inspires us to become what we are. We are about justice making where everyone has enough. We are in Brueggemann's words on a journey to the common good.
I highly recommend this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to replace the old doctrines 27 Nov. 2014
By Wally Weet - Published on
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Maguire's book is a prophetic work that leads the way to a profoundly reformed Christianity. It may take another century or more to get to that new reformation but it is destined. Superstition was once the only way, now with the revelations of science about nature and the cosmos, the old dispensations merely unravel if taken literally, but if taken as metaphor and poetry they are strong and profound. Maguire also challenges the Secular Humanists to curb their anger and use the poets and poetry of the Old Testament to practice a new compassion that will end the domination of the One Percent and practice the teachings of Jesus the man and prophet. This book is a must for anyone angry with religion as practiced now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, Christianity has a place in a post-god society. But I'm not convinced the Bible deserved to. 4 Mar. 2015
By Cody B Dicken - Published on
I picked this up as I too have had a vision of Christianity contributing to post-god society. I really did not know what to expect though, and figured it would be a thesis on how to make the cultural transition---present imagery of how it could look. Well, that is not what this is. But despite the path taking the unsuspecting course, it was an attention grabber. First and foremost because Macguire has a brilliant and dynamic writing style. I will definitely be looking for more of his work just to be tickled by the artistry of his language.

Fitting his style, Maguire does paint ONE way forward---a compelling argument that the ancients were a brilliant bunch that capably expressed deeply meaningful writings for the purpose of social evolution. In the process it provides a soft landing for a 'literal' to a 'symbolic' interpretation of the Bible. But rather than any sort of a manifesto (which we desperately need) it is an uncommon and quite interesting perspective on the ancients.

If nothing else, read this book and more than likely you will gain some useful lenses through which to frame the Israelites. This always comes in handy when trying to expand the minds of your biblical literalist friends. But when you separate the wheat from the chaff, the troubles of the Bible don't outweigh the heinous destruction its words still echo with today.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting and Creative 12 Nov. 2014
By Paul F. Knitter - Published on
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Maguire is here at his best ... cutting in his critique, creative in his repossession, of the Christian message.
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