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A Dangerous Dozen : Twelve Christians Who Threatened the Status Quo But Taught Us to Live Like Jesus
by Canon C. K. Robertson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu


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Sometimes What We Need Most Is What We Fear Most

"Times change and situations seem to change, but there is still a great need for prophets, for God's ambassadors, to stand up and be counted. Who will dare to be Paul the Apostle today, or Dorothy Day, or Francis of Assisi, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer?  Read more...


 
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More About A Dangerous Dozen by Canon C. K. Robertson; Archbishop Desmond Tutu
 
 
 
Overview

Sometimes What We Need Most Is What We Fear Most

"Times change and situations seem to change, but there is still a great need for prophets, for God's ambassadors, to stand up and be counted. Who will dare to be Paul the Apostle today, or Dorothy Day, or Francis of Assisi, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Who will dare, when God calls, to say, 'Here I am, Lord. Send me'?"
from the Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Meet twelve fascinating at times, intimidating Christian change agents who were unafraid to ask what God would have them do in the face of life s realities and unafraid to go ahead and do it. Their words and actions challenged the status quo, and in so doing they showed the face of Jesus to the Church and to the world.

Whether calling us to live simply in the name of Jesus, showing the way to genuine peacemaking, or exemplifying the true meaning of courage, the legacies of these blessed troublemakers continue to inspire us today if we let them.

Paul of Tarsus Mary Magdalene Origen of Alexandria Francis of Assisi Hildegard of Bingen Thomas Cranmer Sojourner Truth Dorothy Day Dietrich Bonhoeffer Janani Luwum Oscar Romero K. H. Ting

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594732980
  • ISBN-10: 1594732981
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 171


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Religion > Christian Life - Inspirational

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this collection of biographical, social, and theological reflections on twelve Christian figures who often confronted and changed the societies in which they lived, the writer doesn't shy from controversy. Canon to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Robertson (Transforming Stewardship) ranges through church history to find "blessed troublemakers" who sometimes evoked anger from established authorities and other times spurred church and state to try to "canonize and control" them. The apostle Paul, 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen, and German resistance martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer are some of those profiled less likely to raise questions in readers' minds. But others, such as W.H. Ting (controversial for his activities in Communist China) and 3rd-century theologian Origen, may be debated. While the writer's progressive perspective makes for lively reading, some readers will be disturbed that he often seems willing to question the sincerity of Christians throughout the centuries (and sometimes biblical scholarship as well) in order to highlight those whose perspectives sometimes put them at loggerheads with the powers that be. Questions accompany each chapter, making the book suitable for group or individual study. (Apr.)

 
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