- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: O Books (13 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846945100
- ISBN-13: 978-1846945106
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.2 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,140,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jesus Bootlegged Paperback – 13 Jan 2011
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George Elerick has produced a serious sassy sizzling heartfelt and learned reconstitution of Jesus that will repay the attention of anyone who is not afraid to think outside the lines and speak about Jesus in terms of ordinary life. His book is written in an engaging way that draws from deep wells and deserves a wide hearing. --(John Caputo, Thomas J Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, New York)
About the Author
George Elerich received his Bachelors in Theology and Behavioral Science from California Baptist University. He has an interfaith project Chairs for Dialogue. He lives in England with his wife.
Top Customer Reviews
The popular faith piety of yesteryear no longer connects with the masses of people who have yet found nothing to replace it. The church that has institutionalized those beliefs is crumbling. Elerick is persuasive concerning the power of Jesus to more than survive, and that, stripped of projections and accretions, and described in the language of today, he can call together new communities of disciples. This is an engaging invitation to think smartly, talk honestly, and live faithfully and could be a helpful too for those in emerging culture. honest and truly helpful reading of Jesus that is emerging in our time. Elerick has written in an engaging way that draws from deep wells and deserves a wide hearing. Fresh and edgy in content, sadly only let down in the style, editing and finish.
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Conservative/fundamentalist Christians won't like this book because it won't be of any help to them in maintaining their carefully constructed Bible-worshiping illusions. I guess I'm (what might be called) a liberal/progressive Christian, but I don't care for this book because it's badly written, poorly reasoned, and pretentious in tone.
For the most part, George comes off as an ostentatious theological hipster spouting off pseudo-intellectual sludge. If you like meandering, convoluted, self-indulgent, yet heartfelt conjectures regarding the Christian faith then this book might be just your thing. I appreciate his emphasis on inclusion, his empathy with misfits, his disdain for rigid and institutionalized Christianity, etc... but I don't appreciate his lack of concern for critical thinking or his irresponsibility in treating theology as a plaything.
I suspect George got a heady thrill from posing as a new and daring philosopher/theologian, but this immature attempt at profundity is mostly (though not completely) surface with very little substance.
P.S. The spelling and grammar in this book is atrocious. Didn't anyone bother editing?
George brings those same inquisitive and analytical characteristics to a field where such questions have long been discouraged; that of theology in his book; Jesus Bootlegged. George fearlessly strips down the common doctrines and teaching of the church in attempt to re-discover the spirit of that radical first century movement of Christ-followers. George boldly asks the questions that others are afraid to ask, and then delves into the search for answers. His passion for Christ is obvious both in that fearless and never-ending search and in the deeply personal reflections upon his own life.
Read this book and you will be challenged, yet inspired. You may not agree with some of George's conclusions, and I suspect that the author is perfectly fine with that, as he himself states in the book's foreword: "I don't know if it's about an arrival at all. Because that would assume that there is an in and out club to be a part of. So the book invites people to let go of a dualistic way of thinking, and become more aware that God pulls this whole thing together. It is about being broken and fixed and in jaw-dropping awe of what (life) still yet has to teach me."