The Inclusive God Paperback
Recliaming theology for an inclusive Church
by Hugh Rayment-Pickard; Steven Shakespeare;
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The Inclusive God
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Written in accessible and punchy prose, this book shows how the main doctrines of the Church reflect an open and hospitable Christian vision. Including gays and women in the full life of the Church is not some trendy innovation: its just good old-fashioned Christian ethics: loving others as we love ourselves.
Somehow the modern Church has lost touch with this basic Christian wisdom. Too often the Churches look like agents of hatred and exclusion, actively encouraging discrimination and condemnation of others. Many in the secular world look on appalled at the discrimination within the Church and the uncharitable pronouncements of Church leaders. The challenge now is to recover the loving, positive and inclusive Christian ideals that inspired Jesus and the first Christians.
Refreshingly direct and provocative, this book is not only a wake-up call to the churches. It is also a challenge to those outside their walls, to lay aside their preconceptions. True Christianity, it argues, is at the cutting edge of inclusion, justice and freedom.
The Inclusive God by Hugh Rayment-Pickard; Steven Shakespeare was published by Canterbury Press in October 2006 and is our 31692nd best seller. The ISBN for The Inclusive God is 9781853117411.
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The Inclusive GodIan Gibson, via The Good Book Stall
This book is bound to get read by all parties of the Church, if for no other reason that it tackles a current, yet sometimes thorny issue. To be inclusive in any society is almost always difficult, to be an inclusive church, to reclaim an inclusive theology as the authors put it is hard for some and easier for others. This book tells us how we should be in a world of black and white, gay and lesbian, cross cultural, mixed faith. The authors try and put across the need of the gospel imperative, fundamental to our faith and belief and underlining the Pauline doctrine statements of “neither Jew nor Greek, male or female, slave or free…” We need also to realise that the need for inclusiveness is not a functional social aspect we have to live with. The authors state that the book challenges us to reject every limitation that we place on ourselves through prejudice or wrong teaching or the way we have been brought up. The content will be agreed by some, challenged by others, but the book is timely enough to be needed to be read.
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Details for The Inclusive God
|Author / Artist||Hugh Rayment-Pickard; Steven Shakespeare|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (October 2006)|
|Number of Pages||136|
|Page last updated||9th October 2017|