“Integrity, wit and passion. A fine advocate for the best of Christian thought and a faith that encompasses the human as well as the divine.” —Stephen Fry
Christianity is in crisis, and its founder is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. This book presents the real Jesus: a rebel, a radical, and a revolutionary.
What did Jesus — the original Jesus — say about the pressing issues of his and our day? He didn’t mention homosexuality but did call for the poor and marginalized to be protected and championed; he never spoke of abortion but did criticize the wealthy and complacent; he didn’t side with the rulers and wealthy but did condemn those who judged and exploited others and turned their eyes away from those in need and from the cry for justice. This was Jesus the rebel, Christ the radical, who turned the world upside down and demanded that his followers do the same. Too many of those followers, tragically, seem to have misplaced that vital lesson.
About the author
Michael Coren has been a voice in Canadian media for over 20 years. He is a columnist, radio personality, talk show host and author. Over the years he has written for The Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, Sun Media, and many other esteemed news outlets. He also hosted and produced The Michael Coren Show on CTS. After thirteen years on The Michael Coren Show, he left to host The Arena with the Sun News Network in 2011. He has won several awards for his writing and broadcasting, including the 2008 Omni Award, the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and Columnist of the year. Coren is currently a student of Divinity at Trinity College, University of Toronto where he is on track to be ordained an Anglican Priest. He will be working in the Niagara region.
Coren’s blunt writing style may stretch the ideas of his conservative readers while bolstering those of his more progressive audience; the personal anecdotes sprinkled throughout the text complement his conclusions. For thoughtful theologians and laypeople alike.
In an era when hysteria and hate-filled anger are seeking a new respectability in public discourse, Michael Coren is a welcome voice of sanity, reminding us that God is worshipped as a God of love.
Rev. Prof. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford
Integrity, wit and passion. A fine advocate for the best of Christian thought and a faith that encompasses the human as well as the divine.
Christianity today often comes in two forms: ignorance on fire or intelligence on ice. Michael Coren offers a different route. His theology enters the mind via the heart. His belief is in a God who loves us as we are but who doesn't want us to stay like that. Faith is the 'sandpaper of the soul', amending the human self in order to edit the world into somewhere more just and livable. If religion for you is just the bland leading the bland, then stop. Pick this book up and give it a go. It just might be that you too will become, in the spirit of Christ, a rebel with a cause.
Rev. Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St John's College, University of Cambridge