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The Cultural Creation of Christianity

by:
Howard M. Snider (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2370-7 ©2005
Price: $11.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 135 pages
Category/Subject: RELIGION / Christianity / Theology / General

Christians today are stuck in a gridlock of extremes. Fundamentalists vs. social activists. Pacifists vs. God-state militarists. Snider’s book explains the influences that created these contrasting forms of Christianity.

Abstract:
Christians today find themselves in a gridlock of extremes.

Fundamentalists vs. social activists. Pacifists vs. God-state militarists. How did these contradictory belief systems evolve from the same roots? How can both extremes call themselves Christians?

Snider’s The Cultural Creation of Christianity has a two-fold purpose:

1) To interpret how Christianity was impacted by Jewish, Greek and Roman cultures as it was being formed.
2) To assess the differences between the contrasting forms of Christianity that evolved in the past 2,000 years and to understand their impact on social and political dynamics today.
An excellent resource for people disillusioned with Christian extremes in a society torn by religious animosities.

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Customer Reviews

  Cultural Creation of Chrisitianity , 02/06/2005
Reviewer: walter paetkau
Snider presents the Jesus Christian of love and ethics over against the dogmatic, creedal Chrisitan. The first leads to a world of justice, compassion, love and right living. The second tends to lead to agression, dogmatism and right believing. To save ourselves and the world it is the Jesus way that is important,not creedal belief.A helpful distinction for our day.

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  What Jesus was about , 04/30/2005
Reviewer: Raymond Brubaker
The social science approach of this book explores Jesus'focus on ethical human relationships in contrast to the creedal emphasis. Love in human relationship is contrasted to the legitimation of violence as expressed in creedal formulations and literal interpretation of the Bible by fundamentalists in the current international arena. In this book Dr. Snider outlines the accretions that accumulated regarding the story telling ethicist, named Jesus. He traces how Jewish, Greek, and Roman cultures influenced the recording of the New Testament which subsequently was interpreted into creedal form. This book would provide a basis for lively discussion by college students searching for who Jesus was, and what he was about as a means of finding the ethical heart of Christianity. This book has scholarly content in a readable compact style. It deserves a wide audience in our current religious environment.

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