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  • 10/2019
  • 9781480883529
  • 262 pages
  • $17.99
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  • 10/2019
  • 9781480883536
  • 262 pages
  • $4.99
Joseph Way
Author
Bound by Beliefs

Adult; Spirituality/Inspirational; (Market)

Since everyone has a "god" that controls them, it is wise to ask who or what that is, how we choose it and how to respond? We must also ask how tradition, the Bible, church, family and other factors affect our beliefs and behaviors. Joseph C. Way wrestles with these and other issues and reaches some uncommon conclusions about God, Jesus, and Us. He affirms God is love. God acts from love and so do we! Other specific emphases include:how presuppositions (beliefs) dictate behavior; the profound significance of the human Jesus; the need to renounce, redefine and restore certain beliefs; why our future depends on what and how we love. The author seriously differs from the apostle Paul on who and what Jesus was. Our "salvation" depends not on the death of Jesus but on living by his two directives gleaned from Hebrew scripture. The author invites everyone to join him in proclaiming and practicing "appropriate love" so that we may reduce human and environmental discord for everyone, regardless of their nationality or religion.
Reviews
Way (A Pain in the Gut) throws gasoline on the basic premises of the history of Christianity and lights a match with this provocative work. Writing for his fellow Christians, he takes as his central precept that God “is love and acts only from love,” believing all other elements of religious faith can be derived from that concept, and that any claims contradicting it must necessarily be false. Among his other bold statements, he says that Jesus was a human, itinerant preacher who cared more about doing right while alive than about any notion of an afterlife; that the Bible isn’t meant to be interpreted literally; and that a God who acts from love would never damn souls to eternal hellfire.

Way persuasively argues that a physical resurrection is impossible and unproven. He asks a series of challenging questions, including why Jesus was able to feed 5,000 people from “someone’s snack” a single time but not repeat the process to feed all the hungry people he encountered on a daily basis: “The argument that ‘God can do anything,’ ‘It was only for Jesus,’ or ‘It was for that one special occasion’ is totally illogical, insufficient, and dodges the basic issue,” he writes. He asserts that natural laws come directly from an unchanging God, so tales of miracles that contradict physics must only be stories. He also proposes that “Jesus made deliberate efforts to restore Jewish worship to its Hebrew core, not replace it” and didn’t intend to start a new religion.

Many devout Christians will condemn the work as heretical, but open-minded readers may find Way’s well-reasoned, passionate arguments compelling, and his refrain that God is love and there is no hell will ease the minds of those brought up on hellfire-and-brimstone Christianity. This unusual view of Christianity raises far more questions than it answers and is likely to provoke deep thought and lively conversation.

Takeaway: Open-minded Christians will be drawn in by Way’s passionate arguments for a profoundly loving God and a pragmatic, fully human Jesus.

Great for fans of C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed, Scott Shay’s In Good Faith.

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Formats
Paperback Details
  • 10/2019
  • 9781480883529
  • 262 pages
  • $17.99
Ebook Details
  • 10/2019
  • 9781480883536
  • 262 pages
  • $4.99

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