Godly Heretics: Essays on Alternative Christianity in Literature and Popular Culture

Godly Heretics: Essays on Alternative Christianity in Literature and Popular Culture


whilst desktops freeze, they're "rebooted" and shortly operating correctly back. equally, mythical thinkers all through historical past have argued that Christianity should still commence clean via recapturing the humanitarian spirit of Jesus' unique message. those comprise such disparate contributors as Thomas Jefferson, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Walt Whitman, Friedrich Nietzsche, Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw, and the spiritual leaders of the Occupy Wall road circulation. unusually adequate, even vintage tv exhibits and flicks intended to be entertaining--Lost, Battlestar Galactica, it is a impressive lifestyles, Groundhog Day, Decalogue, and A Charlie Brown Christmas--are makes an attempt to use the elemental rules of Christianity to trendy occasions. This publication deals new essays via students of literature, movie, heritage, theology and philosophy reading how numerous thinkers and storytellers through the years have conceived of a reinvented Christianity. In confronting this debatable inspiration, this e-book examines how unorthodox interpretations of the Bible will be essentially the most legitimate, how visions of Jesus as a progressive could be the so much traditionally sound, and the way compassionate Christians equivalent to Origen have wrestled with the everlasting questions of the life of evil, the reward of unfastened will and the promise of common salvation.

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