A Gift for Christmas
Here is a reminder of a wonderful book by Mark Townsend. I have written a piece for it and am very pleased to have contributed to Mark’s thought-provoking work. Many regulars to this Blog will know Mark as a Christian priest with a strong affinity for Druidry. In ‘Jesus Through Pagan Eyes’ he shares his own progressive understanding of Christ but also draws upon a selection of Pagan writers to explore the subject from the perspective of modern Earth Spirituality. Here is some more information to whet your appetite…
As we approach Christmas and the celebration of the birth of the most famous man ever to live, perhaps it’s time for a new spin on a very old story. Perhaps it’s time to look one again at this timeless tale, but through a completely different set of eyes!
JESUS THROUGH PAGAN EYES is for anyone (Christian, Pagan, Agnostic or Other) who is open to insights that will shock, disturb and challenge many, and excite, delight and comfort many more.
It’s time to reclaim the ‘divine’ baby who was (understandably) thrown out with the church’s dirty bath water.
· Preface by bestselling international novelist Barbara Erskine
· Foreword by the world’s leading radical theologian Dr. Matthew Fox
· Spellbinding essays and interviews from the most respected figures of the world’s Earth-Centred Traditions.
Mark Townsend is a priest whose understanding of God made it impossible for him to live inside traditional religious boundaries. In this book he tells us why in a compelling and provocative way and in the process draws his readers into fascinating new images. This volume will make a major contribution to freeing Christianity to live in the world that is emerging.
Bishop John Shelby Spong
There are knowledge transmitters–and then there are “knowledge makers” who have the courage, skill, and experience to put things together in new and revelatory ways. Knowledge makers re-configure our minds, our eyes, and our ears to receive bigger and better things. Mark Townsend is doing just that. We were not ready for Jesus, so some will not be ready for his followers either. Please don’t be afraid!
Fr. Richard Rohr O.F.M.
For those of us who have discovered our spirituality outside churches, there remains the question of how to see and relate to Jesus, the man at the center of the religion that has dominated western culture and so infiltrated our sensibilities. Mark Townsend takes on the task of exploring this question as a fellow seeker, as a Christian enriched by Paganism, creating bridges and inviting us to co-create meaning from what has always been true and essential in the stories of Jesus and our own deep knowing.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
This is a quite remarkable work, which reveals the figure of Jesus from most unusual and fascinating perspectives, likely to have value to convinced Christians, pagans and agnostics alike.
Prof. Ronald Hutton
Mark’s book Jesus Through Pagan Eyes is full of mystery and mysticism, with revelations that will mesmerize the readers. I love how he peels back the Christian layers to remind us Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi. Whether Pagan, Jewish, Christian or other you will be amazed and inspired by this book.
See here for what Amazon readers are saying. The book is consistently no 1 (paperback) and no 2 (Kindle edition) on the Amazon best sellers ranking within Paganism.
Available in Kindle too.
Sounds good, I shall look for it in my local library.
BTW, read this book last year “How Jesus Became Christian” by Barrie Wilson. A fascinating look at the evolution of the religion of Jesus into the religion of Christ,
I bought this book a few months back. Fantastic read; everything that’s been written about it is true.
This is exactly the kind of challenging and thought-provoking work I look forward to finding on your blog. You always seem to present me with exactly the experience I need just when I need it. Thank you!
Thanks for this Philip.
Been a bit ‘hazy in the head’ lately and only just noticed this on ya Blog.
Hope you, Steph and the girls are all well.
Have a very Cool Yule,