Rooted in the Incarnation while Respecting Other Religions 09-15-2017

The Jesus Paradox articulates a primal orthodoxy while respecting other religions.

The Jesus Paradox (referred to as Miaphysite in the Oriental Orthodox Church) acknowledges Christianity’s unique root—the Incarnation. At the same time it respects the revelations of other World Religions.

The Jesus Paradox humbly acknowledges that God is available in other forms aside from the human form.

The time has come for authentic faith in Jesus that acknowledges pluralism as part of God’s plan—as part of God’s revelation in history. The alternatives to this balanced approach are religious fascism on the one hand or eclectic new age experiments on the other.

For more on the Jesus Paradox see my first book, Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.

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