The Jihad of Jesus

The Jihad of Jesus We Are Caught Up In The Cycle Of So Called Holy Wars In The Jihad Of Jesus, Dave Andrews Argues That While This Inter Communal Conflict Is Endemic, It Is Not Inevitable Depending On Our Understanding, Our Religions Can Be Either A Source Of Escalating Conflict Or A Resource For Overcoming Inter Communal Conflict And For Our Religions To Be A Resource For Overcoming Conflict, We Need To Understand The Heart Of All True Religion As Open Hearted Compassionate Spirituality In The Light Of An Open Hearted Compassionate Spirituality, We Can Reclaim The Word Jihad From Extremists Who Have Mis Appropriated It As Call To Holy War, And Reframe It, In Truly Qur Anic Terms, As A Sacred Nonviolent Struggle For Justice And We Can Reconsider Jesus, As He Is In The Gospels, Not As A Poster Boy For Christians Fighting Crusades Against Muslims, But As A Strong But Gentle Messianic Figure Who Can Bring Christians And Muslims Together As This Book Shows, Many Christians And Muslims Have Found Isa Jesus And The Bismillah Celebrating The Mercy, Grace, And Compassion Of God As Common Ground Upon Which They Can Stand And Work For The Common Good The Jihad Of Jesus Is A Handbook For Reconciliation And Action A Do It Yourself Guide For All Christians And Muslims Who Want To Move Beyond The Clash Of Civilizations, Join The Jihad Of Jesus, And Struggle For Justice And Peace Nonviolently Side By Side

David Frank Andrews is an Australian Christian anarchist author, speaker, social activist, community worker, and a key figure in the Waiter s Union, an inner city Christian community network working with Aboriginals, refugees and people with disabilities in Brisbane, Australia.

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  • 06 December 2017
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    In a post 9 11 world, jihad is a scary concept for many of us in the West We look at ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas and violence done in Allah s name and we are.nervous Each of these organizations represent militant, extreme versions of Islam, but isn t jihad a central tenant of Islam Certainly we can point to some pretty terrible moments of Muslim history however we have some terrible moments of our own the crusades, inquisition, the holocaust the Nazis weren t Christian, but Christians are still implicated and Muslims are as perturbed by Christian violence as we are by theirs In The Jihad of Jesus The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice, Dave Andrews examines the mutual history of Holy War in Christianity and Islam, naming evil where he finds it and illuminating the Christian and Muslim jihad for peaceAndrews is a Christian, Anarchist, Australian committed to following Jesus consistently in the way of peace and is active in Christian community development among Aboriginals and refugees in Brisbane He wrote The Jihad of Jesus in conversation with Muslims While so much jihad talk moves towards fear mongering they are out to get us or damage control jihad doesn t mean holy war it means something like sacred struggle , Andrews s dialog with Islam is characterized by both humility and truth He isn t afraid to call certain acts evil, but he has the grace to turn the same critical eye on his own tradition, identifying where Christians have also gotten it wrong.Andrews begins with a section entitled The Jihad of Dajjall Dajjall means deceiver and is kind of like a Muslim Antichrist Chapter one explores Christian s use of holy war and violence against others through out history and in our current context Chapter two does the same for Islam The third chapter critically engages these so called holy wars showing how in both Christianity and Islam have a history of doing evil things in the name of God He closes this section critiquing closed set religion and arguing for open set religion Andrews contends that most of the conflicts between Christians and Muslims has happened on the boundaries It is through defending these boundaries of belief and behavior that religious people define their religious identity Hence Christians and Muslims have tended to fight to not only to define but also defend these boundaries of belief and behavior to the death, because not only their religious identity, but also their eternal destiny, depends on it Is defending the boundaries violent Not necessarily But normally For three reasons One Christians and Muslims tend to defend their boundaries to the death Two the best form of defense has always been attack And, three there are plenty of competing groups fighting for the right to define and defend their boundaries of belief and behavior for themselves 72 A open set approach, by contrast, focuses on the center Isa Jesus and the Bismallah the Arabic equivalent to the Shema Rather than defining and defending religion The essence of open set religion is all about becoming open to God and encouraging everyone to become open to God Conversion for Christians and Muslims within a closed set perspective may mean confessing the creed or the kalimah Conversion for Christians and Muslims seen from an open set perspective means constantly turning and moving towards the compassionate spirit of God, exemplified in Isa and the Bismillah, whether we use that language or not, judging our lives, for ourselves, in the light of God s love, and beginning to trust His love, to sustain us, on the journey of the greater jihad of personal growth and the lesser jihad of social change that He is calling us to be involved with 75 So openness doesn t apply a looseness in the concept of God, but an intense focus and openness to the God that sits at the center of our own tradition Here Andrews is making a nod towards E Stanley Jones approach to interfaith evangelism, Get the center right, and the circumference takes care of itself 76.In part two, The Jihad of Jesus reframes jihad as non violent struggle, shows how Jesus life and teaching is our model, and recollects non violent struggles from the history of Christianity and Islam Chapter four begins with a look of how terrorist organizations train otherwise good people to commit heinous acts before looking at how to retool the nature of jihad Chapter five focuses on Jesus as our supreme example Chapter six has other exemplars both Christian and Muslim and what we can learn from their non violent jihads This book recovers the term Jihad and reloads it with peace, justice and spiritual vitality Andrews exemplifies not only how Christians may behave better to our Muslim neighbors, but suggests ways that we can also be sharpened and learn from them As a Christian reader, I appreciated how a life centered on Christ, responding in openness to Jesus, pushes me towards the struggle for non violence I think this is absolutely correct It is Christendom with its empire building that makes war and violence a viable option.I like where Andrews takes the open closed set distinction, but I suppose I may still be somewhat closed set Jesus and the early church make some pretty exclusive claims about salvation being through Him alone John 14 6, Acts 4 12 There is common ground but there will be tension at the boundaries, though the focus should remain at the center of our faith traditions I certainly don t want to build a wall at the border to keep Muslims out Dialogue is mutually edifying.So don t let the provocative title scare you This is a book that will encourage Christians to be like Christ in our work for Justice Muslim readers shouldn t be afraid either Andrews isn t secretly trying to convert you, and he doesn t malign Islam which is rare for Christian authors I give this four stars.Note I received this book from the publisher via, SpeakEasy in exchange or my honest review.

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    What comes to mind when you see the word jihad A so called holy war The Crusades ISIS These are the sorts of things I ve always related to jihad But as it turns out, I had no idea what jihad really means.In The Jihad of Jesus The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice , Dave Andrews reclaims the true meaning of jihad, which is good news for Christians and Muslims alike.He introduces the book with a clarification of the term, taken from Diane Morgan s Essential Islam In Arabic, the word jihad translates as a noun meaning struggle A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid, the plural of which is mujahideen.There are two commonly accepted meanings of jihad an inner spiritual struggle and an outer physical struggle.The greater jihad is the inner struggle by a believer to fulfill his or her religious duties This non violent meaning is stressed by both Muslim and non Muslim religious authors.The lesser jihad is the physical struggle against oppressors, including enemies of Islam This physical struggle can take a violent form or a non violent form The proponents of the violent form of the struggle translate or, rather, interpret jihad as holy war p 1, quoting Morgan p 87 The book is then divided into two parts The Jihad of Dajjal dajjal is Arabic for deceiver and The Jihad of Isa Isa is Arabic for Jesus.The Jihad of DajjalIn part one, Andrews surveys the violent histories of both Christianity and Islam A minor critique here is that he cites some less than reliable sources in his presentation of Christian history, thus making a few questionable assertions But individual points aside, there s no question that our history is filled to the brim with inexcusable bloodshed We Christians must acknowledge and repent from our past if we are to have any hope for a peaceful future.Andrews then reflects on these histories, weighing multiple theories as to why both religions have been so filled with violence He concludes that the religion we are devoted to is the reason that so many Christians and Muslims act in such a disgraceful manner p 71 , but he further clarifies that it has to do with how we hold our religious beliefs than it does with the beliefs themselves He contrasts what he calls the closed set perspective with the open set perspective In a closed set perspective,People who subscribe to a certain set of circumscribed beliefs and behaviors are in People who don t subscribe to a certain set of circumscribed beliefs and behaviors are out It is through defending these boundaries of belief and behavior that religious people define their religious identity Hence Christians and Muslims have tended to fight to not only to sic define but also defend these boundaries of belief and behavior to the death, because not only their religious identity, but also their eternal destiny, depends on it p 72 By contrast,According to the open set perspective, a set is defined by a center, which is free, and cannot ever be confined or enclosed, From this perspective, a set of people who have a connection to God, show they are part of the set, not simply by choosing to subscribe to a certain set of beliefs and behaviors within certain set boundaries, but by choosing to overcome any boundary of belief or behavior that might prevent them from moving towards the compassionate spirit of God, exemplified in Isa and the Bismillah, which they have made the center of their lives p 75 Isa, as I mentioned earlier, is the Arabic word for Jesus, but the Bismillah requires some explaining For that, we have to wait until partway through the second part of the book.The Jihad of IsaPart two begins with a fascinating psychological analysis of killing Andrews here relies on military paratrooper psychologist Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman s book On Killing.Grossman quotes Brigadier S L A Marshall, whose study of soldiers conduct in World War II suggests that the average healthy individual has such a resistance toward killing a fellow man that he will not of his own volition take life if it is possible to turn away from that responsibility According to Brigadier Marshall, At the vital point when a soldier has to decide to fire or not the normal healthy human being becomes a conscientious objector pp 81 83, quoting Grossman p 1 Continuing to rely on Grossman, Andrews goes on to explain how the US military conditions previously healthy individuals to be able to kill other humans He then shows how these methods parallel the same methods used by terrorist organizations to recruit and train their own killers.We then finally reach Andrews definition of the Bismillah, which he earlier placed alongside Jesus as the ideal center of an open set perspective.The Bismillah stands for the Arabic phrase Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim, a poetic phrase my Muslim friends say contains the true essence of the Qur an, indeed the true essence of all religions It is most commonly translated, In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate Bismillah or bismi Allah means in the name of Allah Allah is not the Muslim name for God, still less the name of a Muslim God, but the Arabic name of the One True God To recite the Bismillah is to recall there are not many gods but One God and that One God is not Muslim or Christian, but the One whom we belong to and who belongs to us all, whether Muslim or Christian or Jew p 91 Andrews goes on to show how we can and must reframe jihad as non violent peacemaking In the next chapter, he outlines the non violent teaching and example of Jesus In the final chapter, he provides four examples two Christian and two Muslim of non violent peacemakers Francis of Assisi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Leymah Gbowee, and Muhammad Ashafa Andrews concludes the book with an examination of the Beatitudes or the Be Attitudes as he calls them and a call to live the non violent jihad of Jesus.My thoughts on The Jihad of JesusI found this to be an incredibly insightful book There s no doubt in my mind that Dave Andrews is moving us toward the right direction I commend his unflinching examination of religious violence, and his willingness to include his own tribe as equally guilty I further agree with his understanding of Jesus non violence And I m right there with him in the desire to build these bridges with our Muslim brothers and sisters The church needs voices like Andrews speaking about such things.But the book did leave me with some reservations I want to frame my critique not as a disagreement with Andrews so much as a refinement of what he s saying I don t think we re too far off from each other, but I m not entirely comfortable with the way he put a few things.My primary reservation has to do with how Andrews frames the open set perspective I m familiar with a very similar concept My friend Jeremy Myers has blogged about it before, referring to the differing perspectives as Bounded Sets and Centered Sets I d encourage readers to take a look at his post.On the one hand, I completely agree with the problems Andrews and Myers both see in closed or bounded sets This way of thinking has caused no end of trouble for the church, and it needs to be replaced On the other hand, I m much comfortable with the idea of a centered set than I am with an open set.Part of this is just terminology To me, an open set seems to imply that anything goes it doesn t matter what folks believe or how they live, they can still be Christians In fairness, this is not at all what Andrews seems to mean by the term, but I do think the term itself is misleading By contrast, a centered set implies that the group is centered around or oriented toward something or someone in particular while individuals may disagree on all manner of specifics, they are united by their singular focus Again, this latter definition is probably much closer to what Andrews means by an open set, but open does not communicate that idea very well.Terminology aside, my biggest problem with Andrews open set has to do with the things he would have us centered on According to Andrews, Christians and Muslims would all do better to have an open set that is centered on both Jesus and the Bismillah.I don t have any initial problems with the idea of the Bismillah as Andrews defines it In fact I d say that it is probably a good thing that Christians could benefit from I have no reservations about taking that which is good from other religions and using it in service of Christ.However, I have a huge problem with taking anything no matter how good it may be and placing it equally alongside Jesus Christ This is the same problem I have with Christians who place the Bible on equal authority with Jesus And it s the same problem I have with Christians who place church tradition on equal authority with Jesus.Jesus himself must be the only center of our faith These other things are good We need the Bible We need church tradition And I m sure we could benefit from the Bismillah But we dare not place any of them on equal footing with Jesus That s the surest way to turn something good into an idol.With this caveat in place, I m happy to recommend Andrews book as a whole The Jihad of Jesus is a wonderful step in the right direction toward reconciliation between Christians and Muslims.Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from SpeakEasy in exchange for an honest review This review has been adapted from one originally written for my blog, HippieHeretic.com.

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    cause this is a work of non fiction I don t feel the need to use spoiler tags so beware I ve been a big fan of Dave Andrews for a long time now but haven t had the opportunity to read much of his work so with school holidays on it was a good chance to sit down and have a think about his latest book The Jihad of Jesus In it Dave tackles the growing challenges between Muslim and Christians in our 21st Century and seeks to find some common ground whereby we can be united to work towards the common good of humanity I ve taken to writing a of an extensive review about this book because there is so much in it that I want to remember or ponder on that and I borrowed it from the library so I can t just pull it off the book shelve whenever I want so welcome to my cliff notes edition.Andrews starts his book by giving a correct definition of Jihad, which literally translates as struggle but can be understood on two levels 1 The greater Jihad is the inner struggle by a believer to fulfil his or her religious duties 1pg2 the lesser Jihad is the physical struggle against oppressors, including enemies of Islam This physical struggle can take a violet form or a non violent form 1pgAs someone who didn t realise these two levels of interpretation I loved it And could already see how Andrews was pulling these two groups together.After that Andrews continues giving a brief history of both Christian and Muslim Holy Wars to give us a bit of an understanding that neither side is morally superiors to the other when it comes to this topic Both sides have done some downright evil things in the name of religion or at least used religion as a nice cover for leaders evil ideologies, which can t be supported by correct interpretation by either religion s holy texts Moving on One particularly interest towards the back of part one was this little nugget Are the atrocities that are done in the name of Christianity or Islam true indicators of the nature of Christianity or Islam, or not If the answer to this question is that these atrocities are not true indicators but mere aberrations then we have nothing to fear from the continued expansion of Christianity or Islam But if the answer to this question is, as I suspect, that the cruelties are true indicators and inevitable consequences of the way we have constructed our religions, then we have everything to fear from Christianity or Islam in the coming millennium 53pgYeh I m going to admit I had to read that one a couple times before I got my head around it Just to be clear Andrews isn t saying that Christianity or Islam Bad stuff full stop rather he is saying that the way we have constructed our religious landscape has and will inevitably lead to conflict on some level So how do we construct our religions Well Andrews says that mostly we construct our religion in a series of closed or bounded sets this leads to people distort ing the meaning of what it means to be a Christian or a Muslim Being a Christian or a Muslim is essentially a matter of the heart But because we cannot see into the hearts of people we make a working definition based on what we can see or hear namely test of orthodoxy right beliefs or orthopraxy right behaviour 73pg This leads to closed sets to become dogmatic, judgmental, intolerant of political dissent, egocentric, ethnocentric and uncharitable towards disreputable minorities Yeh shallow that pill.Instead Andrews implores us to pursue an Open Set perspective of religion The open set perspective is the opposite of the closed set perspective According to the close set perspective, a set is defined by an enclosure circumscribed by the experts According to the open set perspective, a set is defined by a centre, which is free , and cannot ever be confined or enclosed, least of all by the experts 75pg A set there is a people who have a connection to God and choose to overcome any boundary of belief or behaviour that might prevent them from moving towards the compassionate spirit of God, which is shown in Jesus and the Bismillah which is the statement In the name of God, most Gracious, most compassionate One of the major disadvantages of this way of thinking is that it s hard to define when people are in or out because there is no close set boundaries rather everyone is working towards to centre from their own angle, distance and speed This is why organised religion finds open sets so frightening because we have to let go of so many sacred cows and markers in order to embrace this way of thinking But doing so offers serval advantages for us Stanley Jones once said, Get the centre right, and the circumference takes care of itself and in the case of open sets the faith is centred around Jesus and the Bismillah Secondly, it allows us to see the beauty and godliness in other traditions and even religions All this talk of open and closed sets reminds me of the words of Nadia BoltzWeber what a champ who said eveytime we draw a line between us and other people Jesus is on the other side In part two of his book Andrews takes us on a journey or reframing Muslim and Christian ideas to fit into a method and model for non violent struggle Starting from the Islamic tradition Andrews peels away theological nuances used by extremist groups to justify their holy wars and creates a fuller understanding of Islam and violence being incompatible ideas He then goes through the gospel accounts to show how Jesus actually lives these ideas showing strong but gentle nonviolent struggle as lesser Jihad On a side note he starts this section call The normal Healthy Human Being Is a Conscientious Objector in which he quotes others stating that between 75 per cent and 95 per cent of soldiers through the American Civil War through to World War II did not fire their weapon even when fired upon or only fired into the air, refusing to kill the enemy, even when given orders to do so 82pg Fascinating stuff Just one of those things I want to remember from this book.His last official chapter is dedicated to a number of stories about strong but gentle nonviolent struggles I particularly appreciated Francis of Assisi journey and hearing of his journey gave extra weight to his famous prayer Lord make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light Where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master,Grant that I may not so much seekTo be consoled, as to console Not so much to be understood, as to understand Not so much to be loved , as to love For it is in giving that we receive It is in pardoning that we are pardoned And it is in dying that we are raised to eternal life.Andrew concludes with what could be called a masterful sermon on the Beatitudes He says that The Jihad of Jesus is to struggle to incarnate the kingdom of heaven on earth It in not something we impose on others, but something we incarnate in our own life In order for us to embody something of heaven on earth, however partially and or temporarily, Jesus tells us that we need to live out the Be attitudes he advocated in the Beatitudes The choice is ours to be or not to be the kind of people in the beatitudes I really enjoyed this book I felt super challenged throughout the book and appreciated all the hard work that Andrews has done in order to bring two seemly separate traditions together I rated it four stars because I really appreciated bother the depth and challenge in this book I wish though there was on what we can do now, but at the same time I can imagine that Andrews has left this opened for us because he wants the reader to engage in our own creative strong but gentle nonviolent struggles which of course begins with the struggle of the greater Jihad The struggle with ourselves.

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    Der Klappentext verr t Dschihad der Titel verst rt zutiefst Jesus und der Heilige Krieg Dschihad steht von seiner urspr nglichen Bedeutung her aber auch f r Anstrengung auf ein bestimmtes Ziel hin Bonhoeffer nennt es Nachfolge Kenntnisreich, differenziert und fundiert beleuchtet der bekennende Christ Dave Andrews einen hochaktuellen, verfahrenen Konflikt den islamistischen Terror Pr gnant deckt er die Wurzeln des Fundamentalismus im Islam und Christentum auf und zeigt einen Weg aus dieser ideologischen Falle den Jesus Dschihad den inneren, gewaltfreien und Freiheit schaffenden Weg der Gottesnachfolge Mit einem Interview mit Dr Mohammed Khallouk, Vorstand des Zentralrats der Muslime, und Ekkehart Vetter, Vorsitzender der Deutschen Evangelischen Allianz.Ich wei nicht, was ich von dem Buch halten soll Zum Einen fand ich die Thesen des Autors spannend, aber sie waren mir zum Teil etwas zu euphemistisch Allein das letzte Kapitel hat mir gut gefallen, aber insgesamt muss man sich schon etwas qu len

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    Another summer Sunday School read A short book but thought provoking The first two chapters are tough, I suggest skipping them, because they list all the atrocities that Christians have committed in the name of God and then all the atrocities committed by Muslims in the name of God.Chapter 3 is interesting because it discusses why this happens, and talks about closed set and open set groups The author says that jihad means struggle, not war, and actually non violent struggle Jesus was the supreme example of this radicals in both religions have hijacked the meaning There is a chapter with examples of both Christian and Muslim leaders who have accomplished this.

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    THE JIHAD OF JESUS THE SACRED NON VIOLENT STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE BY DAVE ANDREWS A BOOK REVIEW AND REFLECTIONDave Andrews writes an excellent book on what the Muslim concept of Jihad is truly about He compares it to the way of Jesus, and we as Christians share the same concept of Jihad.Andrews reviews the violent history of both faiths Both have been and are equally violent towards people We see the violence presence across the globe in the violence people use in the name of their faith.We see it in our own country in the violence that people inflict in the name of both faiths and while the author does not talk about it, for his focus is elsewhere, the one aspect that needs to be focused on is violence towards LGBTQ people Recently we experienced that on two separate days with two homeless young men, one a Muslim, the other a Christian The Christian had been kicked out of his home, disowned by his parents, and friends because he is gay this young man had been in conversion therapy, and when he could not become straight was kicked out of his home in the name of Jesus The story of the Muslim young man was basically the same, and he can not find a gay friendly mosque to attend They both have been wounded emotionally in the name of their respective faiths Violence is a part of our heritage, given to us by human beings Violence takes many forms physical and emotional We need to disown that violence and practice non violence.Andrews points out our true heritage can be summed up by saying that we as Muslims and Christians have truly received the gift of redeeming love from our faiths It is a counter cultural gift of God Allah to a world that is glamorized by self centered human fulfillment, extravagance, and soft living, a world that cherishes power, fame, and self sufficiency In such a way we are called to preach a God who loves humanity regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, and expect all to have economic security And to in preaching we expect humiliation, persecution, and even death We have seen this happen to our brothers and sisters through out history It is a deep, personal devotion to our faith that characterizes the way we live our lives.Andrews call for us to look for smaller communities that lives counter culturally, and without hierarchy His call is for us to study our Books of faith, and see that God speaks the word of peace, and non violence summed up in Jesus of Nazareth, who based his faith in the prophets We too are called to The JIHAD OF JESUS the way of peace and non violence Deo Gratis Thanks be to God SUPER BOWL BRUNCH The Jihad of Non Violence There are demonstrations for the Homeless this Super Bowl Week.Temenos Catholic Worker Invites You to Super Bowl Brunch a form of the Jihad of Non Violence Haight Street on Tuesday, February 2, 4 00 p.m.Serving Hot Meal to Homeless YouthThursday, 10 p.m Serving Food to Homeless on Polk StreetFr River will begin serving Tuesday at Stanyan and Haight at 4 00 p.m and than move down the street If you want volunteer call him at 415 305 2124 Temenos Catholic WorkerP.O Box 642656San Francisco, CA 94164www temenos.org415 305 2124

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    Dave Andrews The Jihad of Jesus The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice is one of those timely books that deserves to be read by every Christian and Muslim Ours is an age of sacred violence Muslims and Christians who view one another as enemies in the battle for faithful expression of who and whose God is So while the religions themselves have varying expressions, the rhetoric and the actions that stem from it seem horrifically similar Oppress those who do not think as they do use violence, if necessary, to put down other faith groups and never consider the beliefs and practices of other religious communities to be valid or useful to society.Into such a time as this, Dave Andrews speaks prophetically and peacefully The Jihad of Jesus is that one book that says, better than any other I know, that Muslims and Christians are able to embrace Jesus and unite in a movement of peaceful, nonviolent struggle for justice Andrews has it right All people regardless who they are are loved by God, and it s that rather egalitarian love that informs Andrews vision in The Jihad of Jesus.Given the rich theological traditions that flow into Islam and Christianity, though, it would wrongfully, it turns out seem easy to think that these two great world religions have nothing to do with one another Using the history of both traditions, though, Andrews makes the case for focusing on those beliefs about Christ that Christians and Muslims have in common as the place for them to start their conversations Jesus himself becomes the sacred common ground from which both traditions can stand and speak to one another.In the name of Jesus, Christians are here called to move away from the Western Christian call for arrogance and aggression toward Muslims that embodies the love of God in Jesus Christ And Muslims, in the name of God, the merciful and compassionate , should call brothers and sisters to embody that compassionate and and merciful spirit that is the heart of Islamic bismillah.The fear and hatred that name our day, Andrews rightly insists, are a rejection of the deep wisdom of these two theological traditions And The Jihad of Jesus is deeply inspirational at just this point It s a clarion call to follow Jesus in the way of peace and justice that both Christians and Muslims can hear and heed.__________________I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, as part of the Speakeasy book review program, in exchange for my honest review here.

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    All religions have a dark side, and the struggle jihad of Jesus to redeem mankind includes redeeming us from ourselves Moving from the tribalistic, ego stroking my religion is better than your religion towards actual redemptive love is where Dave points us This includes engagement with others who are different from us, a reconciling of the world unto God An insightful bridge building work.

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