Is He more like Scorcese’s Last Temptation or Gibson’s Passion? Would your Jesus drive an Army Tank or a Prius? Would He be in support of the war in Iraq or marching in a Peace protest?
Bruce Sanguin, a progressive minister recently featured in EnlightenmentNext magazine, has written a book, The Emerging Church in which he explores how the changing perceptions of Christ help to illuminate the evolution of spirituality throughout human history.
I am excited for the emergence of this book at a time when we seem to be collectively embracing the need for change in our Western American culture. For many people burned out, or burned by, Christianity, this book may offer a healing and resolution. (And for me this fits in with my integral view and understanding of spiral dynamics and my world)
Here are just 4 perspectives in the development of our spirituality with regards to Christ, taken from the EnlightenmentNext article:
The Traditional Christ: “I am the one and only son of God. If you give yourself to me and me alone, you shall be saved and granted eternal life.” (where seen: The Left Behind series, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins)
The Modern Christ: “I am an example of extraordinary human potential. Those who strategically apply my teachings will achieve great success.” (where seen: The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren)
The Postmodern Christ: “My teachings are one among many paths of Truth. I am an example of universal Love, Compassion and Equality.” (where seen: Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith , by Marcus Borg)
The Cosmic Christ: “I am the Spiritual impulse itself – an evolutionary intuition embedded within the sacred unfolding of the cosmos.” (where seen: The Phenomenon of Man , by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
Here is a link for an audio: http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/unbound/media.asp?id=247
The book is available from Amazon