The Human Face of God
CD - unabridged
Audio (5 discs)
Product Number: BN3502
Released: Jun 04, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469282848
Narrator/s: Jay Parini
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Jay Parini brings a life' s worth of contemplation on Jesus to the first volume in ICONS, a series of brief, thought-provoking biographies edited by James Atlas. In Jesus, Parini turns the powerful narrative skill he' s wielded over the course of a four-decade career to a figure who' s dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries. The main trend of modern theology has hinged on the notion of " demythologizing" Jesus. Parini' s book seeks to re-mythologize him, considering the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God. It asks: What' s so moving about Jesus' s story that millions of people over two millennia have considered it a paradigm for living? Far from dogmatic, Parini looks at the many ways in which Jesus has been viewed and dramatizes the transformation from Jesus to Christ, man to myth, and obscure Jewish carpenter to someone who pointed a finger toward God and said with conviction: This is the way. Follow me.

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"The author's skilled narration clarifies why he believes Jesus is the human face of God, an opposing view to modern theology that demythologizes Jesus in order to understand Him. Parini argues that when the mystery of Jesus is disregarded, it make Him little more than a good man instead of God in human form. PariniÕs voice takes on an edgy quality when he explores why we need to re-mythologize Jesus, which means to accept the mystery of Jesus on faith. With a rhythmic cadence, Parini guides listeners through Jesus's teachings and, ultimately, his death on the cross to position Him in a faith-based, historical context. In this way, salvation becomes a process instead of a one-time event. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"