Universal Christ Paperback

How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe

by Richard Rohr

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Spirituality that resonates with a thoughtful faith, The Universal Christ is Richard Rohr's long-awaited response to the nature of Christ and identity of Jesus. 

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  • For anyone with a desire to transform the understanding of Christ
  • Richard Rohr offers a contemplative journey though The Universal Christ
  • You'll discover approaches that radically change human notion of divinity
From one of the world's most influential spiritual thinkers, a long-awaited book exploring what it means that Jesus was called "Christ," and how this forgotten truth can transform everything we see, hope for, and believe.

In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped hundreds of thousands realize what is at stake in matters of faith – and it is not religion as usual. Yet Fr Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity: Jesus Christ. Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? Is the word simply Jesus' last name? Too often, declares Rohr, our understandings have been held captive by culture, nationalism and Christianity itself.

Drawing on history, theology, and psychology, Rohr articulates an exhilarating and ultimately more sensible view of Jesus Christ as a portrait, so to speak, of how God works. 'The whole of creation is the beloved community – the child of God – not just Jesus,' he writes. In a world where religion too often divides, Rohr's understanding of the Incarnation changes not just the significance of Christmas, but how we read history, relate to nature and each other, and find our highest purpose each day.

Fans of Rohr's earlier works will find here a synthesis that reveals the broadest, most hopeful vision for humanity imaginable. Newcomers will be drawn to a science-friendly spirituality that feels both modern and timeless. All will value Rohr's practical insights on mindfulness, prayer, and enlightened social action.

Universal Christ by Richard Rohr was published by SPCK in March 2019 and is our 1822nd best seller. The ISBN for Universal Christ is 9780281078622.

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Before We Begin

Part 1: Another Name for Every Thing

1. Christ is Not Jesus' Last Name

2. Accepting That You Are Fully Accepted 

3. Revealed in Us - as Us

4. Original Goodness

5. Love is the Meaning 

6. A Sacred Wholeness 

7. Going Somewhere Good

Part 2: The Great Comma

8. Doing and Saying

9. Things at Their Depth

10. The Feminine Incarnation 

11. This is My Body

12. Why Did Jesus Die?

13. It Can't Be Carried Alone

14. The Resurrection Journey 

15. Two Witnesses to Jesus and Christ

16. Transformation and Contemplation 

17. Beyond Mere Theology: Two Practices 


Afterword: Love After Love

Appendixes: Mapping the Soul's Journey to God

Appendix 1: The Four Worldviews

Appendix 2: The Pattern of Spiritual Transformation 



“Fr. Richard challenges us to search beneath the surface of our faith and see what is sacred in everyone and everything.  Anyone who strives to put their faith into action will find encouragement and inspiration in the pages of this book.”  
-Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift

“Rohr sees the Christ everywhere, and not just in people. He reminds us that the first incarnation of God is in Creation itself, and he tells us that ‘God loves things by becoming them.’ Just for that sentence, and there are so many more, I cannot put this book down.”
“Here Fr. Richard helps us to see and hear Jesus of Nazareth in what he taught, what he did and who he is—the loving, liberating and life giving expression and presence of God. In so doing he is helping Christianity to reclaim its soul anew.”
-Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America
“A major shift in our culture is needed, and Richard Rohr’s unpacking of The Universal Christ is a critical step in the right direction. Remembering our connection to “every thing” has implications for our religious traditions, society—and dare I say it—even our politics.”  
-Kirsten Powers, CNN political analyst and USA Today columnist  

“[Rohr] invitingly asks Christian readers to bring together their thinking about Jesus (the historical person) and Christ (the savior) in order to recognize God in the world around them . . . Rohr’s innovative reflections will inspire believing readers to think deeply about the nature of God.”
-Publishers Weekly
“Anyone who has made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ should read this book to grasp more fully the vast and startling implications of this belief.  This is Richard Rohr at his best, providing an overall summation of his theological insights that have been life-changing for so many.”
-Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary emeritus of the Reformed Church in America
“Here, Christianity finds its root and its destiny in all things, in all matter, in all creation. and here, we find our connection to universal belonging, to universal trust, and to universal love.  This book will change religion and make it tender and gentle and transformational.”
-Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics

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Details for Universal Christ

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (March 2019)
Number of Pages272
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4792159
Page last updated 15th February 2019
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