August 30, 2006

IN THE MAIL: Obery Hendricks’ The Politics of Jesus : Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings and How They Have Been Corrupted. Just in case you doubted that there’s a Religious Left as well as a Religious Right. I expect that Amazon discussion board to heat up now that the book’s out.

UPDATE: Telford Work emails: “Glenn, whatever the other merits or the demerits of Hendricks’ book, I find it hard to believe that he and Doubleday used the same title as John Howard Yoder’s classic The Politics of Jesus (Eerdmans 1972, rev ed 1994). Surely Hendricks has encountered it studying at Princeton Seminary or at New York Seminary where he now teaches; it is the seminal work on which many of the worthier voices in the ‘Christian left’ now draw. If is as if John Stossel wrote The Wealth of Nations or Stephen Jay Gould wrote The Origin of Species.”

Yes, even I noticed that. It does seem a bit presumptuous.

UPDATE: Some very different thoughts on religion from Richard Fernandez of The Belmont Club.