Different Visions of Love: Partnership and Dominator Values in Christian History

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Brian Griffith, 2008 - 512 páginas
Griffiths narrative moves like a searchlight over each phase of church history, illuminating the visions, options, and choices behind events. He traces the rise of a dominator version of Christianity, in which the primary concern was a chain of command to be followed, with rewards or punishments according to the degree of obedience. And beside this he illuminates another face of Christianity, concerned with healing all divisions between loved and unloved people. The story Griffith presents is often deeply disturbing, as in his unstinting accounts concerning the gospel for women , or the age of holy wars and witch hunts. But ultimately his story offers solid grounds for optimism. He shows that all contention between different religious visions can be a process of building partnership. As Griffith points out, Jesus himself wished to debate his opponents openly, not to silence or eliminate them. He was not afraid of real encounter, or the potential of creative conflict.I want to congratulate Brian Griffith on this masterful, controversial, and highly readable account. His book offers hope in a divided world, where reaction against globalized godless corporate secularism meets with a war on religious fundamentalism . I hope to see other writers do comparable work in highlighting the partnership and dominator visions within their religious traditions around the world. Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice & the Blade, Sacred Pleasure, Tomorrows Children, The Power of Partnership, The Real Wealth of Nations"I find it gives me an incredibly clarifying perspective on Christianity way beyond my previous understanding. It should be read by everyone with an interest in Western Civilization. It is a marvelous companion to The Great Turning." David Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
 

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Whats Fundamental for Me?
1
The First Versions of Jesus Message
17
The AfterEaster Gospel
39
The Experimental Kingdom of God
81
Fear and Unity under Persecution
113
Heresy and Orthodoxy in the PreRoman Church
147
The Legionnaires of God
189
The New Imperial Church
223
A Doctrine against Freedom
259
The Gospel for Women
293
The Age of Crusades and Witch Hunts 237
367
A Christianity of Both Fathers and Mothers
403
The Emerging Partnership Church
437
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