The Jihad of Jesus

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The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice

By:Dave Andrews
Pages:188
Publisher:Wipf and Stock
Dimensions:152mm x 229mm
ISBN:9781498217743

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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 a 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.

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Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Pages

188

By

Dave Andrews

Publisher

Wipf and Stock

Dimensions

152mm x 229mm

IBSN

9781498217743

ISBN

9781498217743

About the author

Dave Andrews and his wife Ange have worked in intentional communities with marginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal and for over forty years. Dave is interested in intentional community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation. He is author of many books, including Not Religion, But Love, Compassionate Community Work, People of Compassion and The Plan Be series. Dave is an educator for TEAR Australia, an international aid agency; a lecturer at Christian Heritage College; a teacher for the Community Praxis Co-op; and an elder emeritus for Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor. He now lives in a large joint household with his wife, children, grandchildren and others in an inner city community in Brisbane, Australia.

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