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on 27 February 1997
This book is an application of the Liberation Theology that the author learned at seminary in the San Francisco area to the fight for self-determination by the Palestinian people. I highly recommend it, in conjunction with any books by Rev. Elias Chacour such as "We Belong To The Land" or "Blood Brothers." These are nonviolent, inclusionary approaches to peace among all of the inhabitants of Israel / Palestine.
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on 12 March 2008
With this book, the Right Reverend Naim Ateek has established himself as a worthy successor to the 2nd century saint and martyr Marcion of Sinope who was persecuted and defamed by the religious authorities of his time. See Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman for more information.

Like St Marcion, he utterly rejects the Old Testament as an ethnocentric compendium of restrictive laws, whilst opposing the Neo-Sanhedrinesque oppression of his people and preaching the gospel to the infidel in places like Saudi Arabia and Iran where he has founded many churches.

As if that weren't enough, Ateek is in the vanguard of combating heresy through his Sabeel Ecumenical Centre. It is important to keep the flock on the straight and narrow. Thrice blessed is he: fearless preacher, freedom fighter and liberator from legalism.

His passion for justice is evident from this thought-provoking work that strives to make the good news contextually relevant. Every page, nay every word, bespeaks a spirituality rooted in peace, love, non-violence, liberation and reconciliation amongst faith communities.

And yet, and yet. As saintly as this gentleman is and recognizing the value of his contribution to freeing us from all those uncomfortable things in the Old Testament like for example the ten commandments, I don't think he has gone far enough in the faith.

St Marcion tossed out everything but his own version of Luke plus ten heavily edited letters of St Paul. Let us have heaps of hope for the further refinement of Ateek's theology and the establishment of a revised canon that, it is hoped, will include this remarkable book!
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