(Christ Actually) [PDF READ] ã James Carroll

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  • 01 June 2020
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download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ James Carroll James Carroll ✓ 0 free download free download Christ Actually On that followed What Carroll has discovered through decades of writing and lecturing is that he is far from alone in clinging to a received memory of Jesus that separates him from his crucial identity as a Jew and therefore as a human Yet if Jesus was not taken as divine he would be of no interest to us What can that mean now Paradoxically the key is his permanent Jewishness No Christian himself Jesus actually transcends Christianity Drawing on both a. Carroll who wrestled so artfully with Christianity s and particularly the Roman Church s denigration of Jews throughout history applies a similar treatment to what he calls a modern understanding of Jesus Christ Carroll argues that the experience of the Jesus people changed radically in just the hundred years or so since the death of Jesus The explicit rejection of the Jewishness of Jesus says Carroll not only created the terrible history of Western Christian relations with Jewish people that culminated in the Holocaust but also distorted the lens through which followers of Christ came to view Him Carroll take the Holocaust and the atomic bomb detonation at Hiroshima to be turning points in modern human history which challenge us to re examine existence including faith for a modern people What he arrives at is a need for a simple faith but not a blind one Rejecting slavish devotion to literal textual interpretations he revisits the life of Jesus as man and as Jew in his time and place He argues that the cataclysmic Roman violence against Jews in the first century shaped the population of Jewish Jesus followers leading them to explicitly distance themselves from other Jews as a means of survival Increasingly the hierarchical Western church devised a complex dogma based upon Hellenic philosophy that became a self perpetuating religious machine that deviated significantly from the simple goodness and dignity of the carpenter from NazarethWhat Carroll concludes is that modern Christians need to find their way to an unknowable God through imitation of Jesus his humility compassion and service to others The book is well reasoned and well documented As is always the case with Carroll hard line Catholics will call him a blasphemous heretic while others theist and atheist alike will find much to consider

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download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ James Carroll James Carroll ✓ 0 free download free download Christ Actually Wide range of scholarship as well as his own acute searching as a believer Carroll takes a fresh look at the most familiar narratives of all Matthew Mark Luke and John Far from another book about the “historical Jesus” he takes the challenges of science and contemporary philosophy seriously He retrieves the power of Jesus’ profound ordinariness as an answer to his own last uestion what is the future of Jesus Christ as the key to a renewal of faith.

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download ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ James Carroll James Carroll ✓ 0 free download free download Christ Actually A New York Times bestselling and widely admired Catholic writer explores how we can retrieve transcendent faith in modern times Critically acclaimed and bestselling author James Carroll has explored every aspect of Christianity faith and Jesus Christ except this central one What can we believe about and how can we believe in Jesus in the twenty first century in light of the Holocaust and other atrocities of the twentieth century and the drift from religi. A Review of James Carroll s bookChrist Actually The Son of GodFor the Secular AgeBy Greg CusackDecember 6 2014James Carroll is a gentleman of my generation and as my friend Ken Wolf has pointed out from his reading of Carroll experienced similar rites of passage as most of us of that time and place did One of his most memorable experiences as a young man for instance was volunteering at the same Catholic Worker facility where the great American Dorothy Day labored to serve the poor and outcast of that time Ordained a Catholic priest he left that ministry over frustrations with the Church s growing doctrinaire conservatism following the initially hopeful years of Vatican II Over the years he has written numerous books the most notable of which was likely his Constantine s Sword The Church and the Jews A History There is some echo of that in this present book in that he makes freuent reference to how the Church came to distort and suppress the deep Jewishness of Jesus his followers and his message He attributes this to the fateful First Jewish Revolt of 66 70 in which vengeful Romans destroyed Jerusalem and its great Temple in the process wiping out most of that city s influential Jewish Jesus followers This terrible event began the process over time of separating Jesus and his teachings from the core reality of his Jewish identity and vision as well as introducing a hierarchical Church modeled after the Roman imperial system than anything mirroring the collegial servant model Jesus represented Predictably this also meant both the elevation of the priesthood indeed all of the hierarchy above the common folk and the rapid suppression of the memory of the real prominence of women as respected euals in the lives of Jesus and Paul Carroll s central thrust confronts the Church s early fateful choice to focus on what to believe about Jesus rather than on what Jesus taught In one place for instance he argues Jesus did not say Believe these things but rather Follow me Carroll argues that it is the Church s vain attempts to hold on to the faithful through emphasizing the doctrines of the Church rather than urging people to walk in the Way of Jesus that is causing such disenchantment among Christians in our time The faith that matters that is one that emphasizes the need for us to be loyal in act and deed to the teachings of Jesus the Beatitudes for example is not one that can primarily be learned or held dear in any way through passive absorption of words alone Rather it is in the act of doing what Jesus did caring for the poor being open to the different and outcast for examples that we truly learn and become converted This reminds me of the phrase attributed to St Francis Preach constantly and when necessary speak To better allow the flavor of Carroll s insights to reach you who are reading this review I now turn to several direct uotations from his book Just before doing so however I wish to state that while I found much in this book that encouraged me in my own journey in which similar thoughts have occurred I nonetheless was a little disappointed in one aspect of the Carroll s argument perhaps because I still have a ways to go in my own journey It is this one of the points he makes several times is that just as the memory of Jesus and his teachings never have survived throughout the centuries unless his original followers and those who have since received his message believed that he was truly a divine figure the Son of Man who appears in Daniel so also does he argue that it is essential that we come to a similar experienceconclusion I think but am not sure that his answer lies in the paradox of in doing so you will be able to see and thus believe Well in any case on to some direct uotations In the beginning Jesus was to be imitated than worshipped He was in the Gospel s supremely simple word to be followed This following Bonheoffer wrote does not create constitutions and decrees but brings human beings into relation with one another In the life of the movement that takes its name from Jesus Christ the primacy of discipleship over decree must regularly be recovered Indeed the generating impulse to imitate Jesus remains the Church s permanent and multifaceted principle of indictment self criticism absolution and moral renewal Jesus is the mark on history against which Jesus people have no choice but to measure themselves p248 The key to the actuality of Christ is precisely in the imitation of Jesus the study in Dorothy Days phrase of our life conformed to his Why Because what was revealed in Jesus what made others eventually see him as Son of Man Christ Logos God was that his capacity for transcendence transfiguration resurrection call it what you will was exactly a capacity that lives in every person Not just in those we designate as saints That is why the profound ordinariness of transcendence as beheld in him was essential it was ordinary enough for each one of us to match with our fears irascibility vanities and doubts also our hopes gifts desires and strengths Acting fully as who we are the imitation of Christ is the way to actualize in ourselves what makes Jesus matter We have problems believing that Jesus is God because we don t really know what that word God refers to The intuition that Jesus is the Christ and therefore somehow of God far from being the product of naivet or superstition can be rooted in a profoundly sophisticated grasp o the meaning of existence It pushes past the boundaries of what is readily known and suggests that the realm out there is real pp 265 6 We do not know with certain what or who God is but it is eually true in fact that we do not actually know what a human is The inability to grasp the mystery of our own meaning as humans defines the contemporary crisis of identity sharply than anything God is not the problem We are the problem to ourselves We see now through the insights of science and the traumas of political conflict that all of the traditional points of reference in relation to which humans have understood themselves have been upended Our ideas are not what they were All is flux which humans have felt forever We can no longer take the measure of our world with anything like precision because the measures themselves are always changing To be human therefore is to be on the way to becoming something else pp 267 8 The I AM of God of Jesus is the I am of every person and it consists in every person being aware of herself or himself And that awareness points beyond itself Consciousness leads to self consciousness leads to self transcendence I know leads to I know that I know leads to I know that I am known Here is what we mean by the image of God in which we humans are created Image and imitation are linguistic variations on I AM p 273 The presence of God therefore lies in what is ordinary Not in supernatural marvels norin a superman with whom we have nothing in common Not in saints Not in a once only age of miracles long ago Not first in doctrine scholarship or theology but in life The life of Jesus must always weigh than his death And to repeat the revelation is in the ordinariness of that life His teaching his permanent Jewishness his preference for service over power his ever respectful attitude towards women and others on the social margin is available to us because his followers passed the teaching along which continues Again and again he turned to God and as the tradition says he turned into God but that too occurred in the most ordinary of ways Day by day Act by act Choice by choice Word by word Ultimately lifted up as John says on the cross which was the Resurrection And the cross is central to this meaning not because God willed suffering but because in Jesus God joined in itWhat does this leave us with A simple Jesus An ordinary Christ One whom the simplest person can imitate the most ordinary person bringing Christ once to life day by day word by word bread by bread cup by cp In all of that we see divinity which paradoxically is what makes Jesus one of us Whatever sort of God Jesus is understood to be it must be the God who is like humans not different p 279 So we are here less to believe in Jesus than to imitate him We imitate him above all in nurturing the conviction that the Creator of the universe cares for us a p parent loves a child which is the conviction finally that rescues meaning in an otherwise pointless cosmos Meaning is itself how God is revealed For as long as humans exist meaning will define the human horizon and at every human approach that horizon will withdraw even while still beckoning Follow it says And as we do the word meaning moves from lowercase to upper pp 281 2