A More Christlike God by Brad Jersak book review.
About the book:
A More Christlike God (April 2015)What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?Whether our notions of ‘god’ are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is “the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of God’s likeness,” what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike—the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed—a God who Jesus “unwrathed” from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.
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About the author:Brad Jersak (PhD)is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.
My review: This book contains three hundred plus pages, it is not a quick easy read. One will need to take their time dissecting Brad’s information. I had difficulty connecting all the dots…and I cannot say that I agree with all that Brad writes, however he does make a very valid assessment of how we often make God to look a lot like ourselves.
We will consider how our ideas of God might be glorified projections of ourselves and conversely, how we inevitably become like the God we worship. –Brad Jersak, page 26.
I am not a theologian, therefore I am unable to accurately comment on all that Brad has to offer his readers. This is a very deep and thought provoking book…and will give the reader much to chew upon. I would only recommend this book to individuals who like to digest profound scholarly works.