Progressive Books Study Guide #5

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Books / Material Covered in this Study Guide:

Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus by Norman Perrin

There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Wayne Dyer

Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God by Jack Miles

Jesus Before God by Hal Taussig

Re-Imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus by Bernard Brandon Scott

The Once and Future Faith by the Jesus Seminar

Emptiness & Brightness by Don Cupitt

Honest to God by John Robinson

Honest to Jesus by Robert Funk

The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg

Yeshua: A Model for Moderns by Leonard Swidler

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Natural Grace by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake

The Dishonest Church by Jack Good

Christianity Without God by Lloyd Geering

The Kingdom Within by John Sanford

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Process Theology: A Basic Introduction by Robert C. Mesle and John Cobb, Jr.

Godless Morality by Richard Holloway

The Sins of Scripture by John Shelby Spong

The Spiral Staircase by Karen Armstrong

God’s Politics by Jim Wallis

Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity by Richard Holloway

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots by Hal Taussig

John Shelby Spong Articles : A Discussion Guide

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels

Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd



Rediscovering the Teaching of Jesus

Norman Perrin

What did you think of the book? Did it affect you? What did you like? Dislike?

What are your impressions about Jesus scholarship (Chapters I and V especially)? How do you feel about knowing that most of the teachings ascribed to Jesus actually stemmed from the early church?

How would you compare Perrin’s book and ideas to those of Breech? For example, which interpretation of Matthew 11:16-19 about the children playing do you like the best (Perrin pp. 85, 120; Breech p. 22)? Why? Or compare the Prodigal Son (Perrin p. 94; Breech p. 184). Or compare the Sower (Perrin p. 155; Breech p. 89).

Did you get a sense of the theological interpretations of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul or at least that they have them? What do you think about that? What do you think about the pervasiveness of their belief in an imminent apocalypse?


Review & Commentary