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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

An "Eastern" Christology?

I confess to automatic skepticism whenever I read of an attempt to counter-pose "Western" and "Eastern" Christologies (or much else), but in perusing this book the author seems more careful and discerning than that, even if the publisher's blurb gives into the temptation. In any event, Phuc Luu seems to have written an intriguing book: Jesus of the East: Reclaiming the Gospel for the Wounded (Herald Press, 2020), 256pp.

About this book the publisher tells us this:
Much of Western Christianity has subdued the narrative of Jesus as a Palestinian Jewish healer and liberator who served the sick and oppressed. But the Jesus of the Gospels is a revolutionary who stands with the sinned against, the wounded, and the marginalized. In Jesus of the East, author Phuc Luu re-narrates the life of Jesus to show how he made it his work to topple systems that privileged the few and disregarded the many, especially the poor and lowest.
In this provocative book, Luu offers a counter-narrative to Western Christianity, which for centuries has legitimized colonization and violence to prop up the powerful at the expense of the masses. Pulling from the tradition of the early Eastern church, the present work of theologians of the oppressed, and Luu's own experiences as a Vietnamese immigrant, Jesus of the East offers a transformative vision of healing for the world.
For those living in the land between pain and hope, Luu's prophetic words will renew our imaginations and draw us closer to the heart of God.

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