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THIS BOOK HAS SEVEN beginnings. I don’t call them introductions or prefaces to the book because they are beginnings of the book itself. They are all questions.
Nothing is more meaningless than an answer to a question that is never asked. Here, in two short pages, is the question this book answers. Everything else in the book is part of the answer.
The question is this: Why is Jesus the most controversial and the most embarrassing name in the world?
No one is embarrassed if you talk about Buddha, or Muhammad, or Moses. Neither Buddhists nor non-Buddhists are embarrassed to talk about Buddha. Why are almost all educated, non-fundamentalist Christians embarrassed to talk about Jesus to non-Christians, and why are almost all non-Christians embarrassed to hear such talk?
If you’re not sure my assumption is true, test it, in any secular company, or mixed company, especially educated company. The name will fall with a thud, and produce sudden silence and embarrassment. You not only hear the embarrassment, you can feel it. The temperature drops. Or rises. It never stays the same.
You might answer that Christians are embarrassed not for themselves but for others: they are embarrassed only because they are sensitive to the embarrassment they know the name of Jesus will cause to non-Christians. But that only pushes the mystery back one step: why are non-Christians so embarrassed at this name? Why is “Jesus” the most non-neutral name in the world?
Jesus talk is like sex talk. There is no neutral language for sex. All our words about sex are either “sexy” or an attempt to avoid being “sexy.” They are either (1) the ecstatic language of love, or (2) the gutter language of raunch, or (3) the tension-releasing language of the laugh (sex and religion are the two most popular subjects of jokes), or (4) the deliberately impersonal, scientific, and technological language of clinical medicine. And our words about Jesus are either (1) love-words, or (2) blasphemy words, or (3) jokes, or (4) impersonal, technical, theological words.
I’ll bet you never realized this before: the perfect correlation between Jesus talk and sex talk. Why didn’t you see it before? It’s both obvious and interesting. Is it too close? Is it embarrassing? Why?
Jesus is a sword. He divides. You cannot be neutral about Him until you make a deliberate effort to thrust something away, something in your heart: either passionate attraction or passionate rejection of something, or at least deep embarrassment at something. Is it just at Christians? Is it at Christianity? Or is it at Christ?
Why is He history’s greatest divider? Why is He the razor edge of the round world? What does He do to you, to put you on that edge, no matter who you are and no matter what you believe or don’t believe?
by Peter Kreeft
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The life of Jesus Christ is indelibly engraved upon history; neither the erosion of time nor the devastating and compounding effects of evil have been able to erase his influence. Some people thought he was crazy; others considered him a misfit, a troublemaker, a rebel. He was condemned as a criminal, yet his life and teachings reverberate throughout history. He saw things differently, and he had no respect for the status quo. You can praise him, disagree with him, quote him, disbelieve him, glorify him, or vilify him. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore him, and that is a lesson that every age learns in its own way.
You can’t ignore Jesus, because he changed things. He is the single greatest agent of change in human history. He made the lame walk, taught the simple, set captives free, gave sight to the blind, fed the hungry, healed the sick, comforted the afflicted, afflicted the comfortable, and in all of these, captured the imagination of every generation.
But who is Jesus today? Who is Jesus to you? Get ready to discover Jesus like you have never known him.
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Product Type Media Books
Author Peter Kreeft
Publisher Beacon Publishing
Number of Pages 176
Book Format Paperback
I love this book
This book is just amazing!! Made me feel more connected with Jesus and it also challenged me to really put Jesus in the center of my life and make a better effort to do Eucharistic Adoration. I recommend it to everyone!!
Eucharist - it's real.
Peter Kreeft has a great explanation for about everything Catholic. The chapter on the Real Presence and transubstantiation is one of the best I've seen. If you didn't believe it before, you will after his 54 page explanation - Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity. The rest of the book is good too.
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