This book is a must-read if you find yourself
•frustrated by the fundamentalist and new age polarization of twenty-first-century Christianity;
•bewildered by religious pluralism;
•searching for Christianity's elusive mystic core.
Twenty-first century Christianity is in crisis, careening toward fundamentalism on the one hand and a rootless new age Christianity on the other. Twenty-first century Christianity is also reeling from the maze of religious pluralism. Smith addresses and tempers these extremes by passionately and succinctly revealing Jesus as understood by the Alexandrian mystics. The Alexandrian mystics are the most long standing lineage of early Christian mystics. Their perspective on Jesus celebrates creative tensions, tempers extremes, and reveals Christian mysticism's definitive core.
"In Healing the Divide, Amos Smith's fresh perspective preserves the integrity of the Christian mystical epicenter from contamination from both the Christian hard right and the sometimes rudderless new age."
--Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Wisdom Jesus
"This is a foundational work written in a style that will be respected by scholars--yet easily accessible to ordinary Christians and would-be seekers. The Jesus Paradox revealed in Healing the Divide is needed for the foundational reform and reformulation of the Christian message."
--From the Afterword by Richard Rohr
"Read Healing the Divide and eat the mystery. It's a check-up call to your identity and mission."
--From the Foreword by Leonard Sweet, author of I Am a Follower
"This is the most balanced treatment of Jesus I have ever seen. Maybe this book can alleviate the polarizing madness afflicting Western Christianity today."
--Ken Barnes, UCC Pastor
"Amos Smith writes about the incarnation with great enthusiasm. His work is commendable!"
--William Meninger, Benedictine Monk and author of Julian of Norwich
"This is the clearest and most accessible treatment of Oriental Orthodox Christology I have seen by a Western author."
--Abba Yohannes, Ethiopian Orthodox Monk
Amos Smith lived his first ten years overseas and finished his growing up years in Virginia. He has lived in Indonesia, Bolivia, Uganda, Yemen, and has traveled the world since. Smith earned a BA in Comparative Religion from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993, an MDiv from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in 1998, and a DMin from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2008. He is a lifelong student of three streams: Progressive Christianity, Contemplative Christianity, and Orthodox Christian Mysticism. Smith began his interest in religion when serving as an acolyte and crucifer at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA. During college days, Smith became a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Friends’ silent meetings for worship were Smith’s introduction to Centering Prayer and Christian Mysticism. Smith found his way to the United Church of Christ in 1994, which he cherishes for its inclusive message and social justice witness. In 1999, Amos began his career as an ordained United Church of Christ minister in Montana at the base of The Beartooth Mountains. Smith has since served as an ordained minister for fifteen years in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Smith is a family man, hiker, amateur musician, seasoned Centering Prayer practitioner, retreat leader, and Contemplative Christian writer. His writing has been published in various newspapers and magazines including The Billings Gazette, The Spokesman Review, Friends Journal: Quaker Thought and Life Today, Chicago Seminary Press, and Wipf & Stock Publishers. Amos and his family live in Tucson, AZ.