Worship in the Spirit of Jesus
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Many of today's Christians are troubled by violence in our world. There is also a growing awareness of a relationship between religion and violence-although Christians tend to see this as a problem for religions other than their own. Many Jews, Christians, and Muslims are reluctant to acknowledge that the problem of religiously legitimated violence is related to violence in their "sacred" texts. In the case of Christianity, violent images and expectations of God permeate our theology, worship, music, and liturgies. This book has three main goals: To engage adult lay Christians in discussions that examine how and why Christianity came to have so many violent images and expectations of God To describe the historical and modern consequences of these violent images and expectations To offer alternative theological understandings and worship resources that are rooted in the nonviolent spirit of Jesus.
Bret Hesla is a musician and justice activist whose songs and translations are reprinted widely in such publications as Global Songs, Local Voices.
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer is a professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written 15 books, including The Politics of Compassion, Brave New World Order, Saving Christianity from Empire, and Is Religion Killing us? Violence in the Bible and the Quran.