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When Jesus came to Harvard : making moral choices today

Author: Harvey Cox
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the stories of Jesus from a modern perspective to demonstrate how his parables and teachings can bridge the gap between the ancient and modern world to serve as contemporary guidelines for leading a moral life.
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey Cox
ISBN: 0618067442 9780618067442 061871054X 9780618710546
OCLC Number: 56191993
Description: viii, 338 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Stories they told about Him --
Ballad of the Begats --
Picking Just the Right Woman --
Exiles from Eden --
Gurus and the Usual Suspects --
Riffing on Simeon --
Beat the Devil --
Campaign Begins --
Stories He told --
Jesus Retells His People's Story --
Salt and Lamps --
Rabbi Teachs Torah --
Parables and Zen Slaps --
Crooked CEO and the Spoiled Brat --
Why the Crowds Came --
Armageddon Syndrome --
More stories they told about Him --
Transfigruation and the Prophet's Night Journey --
Bridge Burning and Street Theater --
Trial and Retrial --
Dead Man Walking --
Reason, Emotion, and Torture --
It Had to Be Done --
World Without God? --
Easter Story --
Laughter of the Universe --
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Responsibility: Harvey Cox.
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Abstract:

Examines the stories of Jesus from a modern perspective to demonstrate how his parables and teachings can bridge the gap between the ancient and modern world to serve as contemporary guidelines for leading a moral life.

Over the fifteen years that Harvey Cox taught his Harvard undergraduate class Jesus and the Moral Life, the course grew so popular that the lectures had to be taught in a theater usually reserved for rock concerts. The overwhelming response was a clear signal of the hunger for guidance in today's confusing world, where moral guidelines seem to shift daily. How can we ask today "What would Jesus do?" when Jesus never had to cope with an unintended pregnancy, or confront a teenage daughter about her drug use, or decide whether to put an ailing parent in a retirement home. In his new book, Cox brings the moral wisdom of Rabbi Jesus into the twenty-first century by way of the questions, arguments, responses, and doubts of centuries of rabbinic and Christian theological exploration, as well as the voices of the thousands of Harvard students who attended his course over the years. Cox shows how we can extrapolate from Jesus' parables and bridge the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. As an example, he recalls his experience while locked in a southern jail during the civil rights movement, when the song "We Shall Overcome" rang from nearby cells. The message he takes is from the story of the Resurrection; transcendent hope rising from the depths of injustice. When Jesus Came to Harvard is not another look at the historical Jesus," but it considers Jesus' contemporary significance by concentrating on the stories he told and those told about him. For youth and adults, Christian and non-Christian, When Jesus Came to Harvard is urgently relevant

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