• Jesus and the Empowering Influence of Friendship

This book explores the values of the historical sage Jesus of Nazareth, considering not only the words and actions of the historical Jesus but examining the values of compassion and acceptance shown in the relationships with the people he meets.

Reflecting on contemporary biblical scholarship, including the discovery of ancient texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi, the author also critiques the traditional 'orthodox' Christianity and asks if the practical application of Jesus' values have been reflected in the creeds, councils an historic documents of the Churches.

In addition, the author shows how traditional 'orthodox' teachings can be challenged and changed through the transforming influence of friendship discovered in the life and teaching of the sage Jesus of Nazareth.

John Smith is a trained social worker and ordained minister of the Uniting Church in Australia.  With a Bachelor of Social Work from Melbourne University and a Master of Social Administration from Flinders University, his ministries have included welfare management, chaplaincy and parish ministry.  He is a founding member of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria Inc. and Common Dreams conferences where he continues to serve as a committee member.

Author John W H Smith
Pages 262
Publication Date 15 December 2020
Imprint Coventry Press
ISBN 9780648861256

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Jesus and the Empowering Influence of Friendship

  • Authors John W H Smith
  • Product Code: 9780648861256
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Tags: Christology; Jesus; Christianity