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The Jihad of Jesus: The Sacred Nonviolent Struggle for Justice by [Andrews, Dave]
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We are caught up in the cycle of so-called "holy wars." In The Jihad of Jesus, Dave Andrews argues that while this inter-communal conflict is endemic, it is not inevitable. Depending on our understanding, our religions can be either a source of escalating conflict or a resource for overcoming inter-communal conflict; and for our religions to be a resource for overcoming conflict, we need to understand the heart of all true religion as open-hearted compassionate spirituality. In the light of an open-hearted compassionate spirituality, we can reclaim the word "jihad" from extremists who have (mis)appropriated it as a call to "holy war," and reframe it, in truly Qur'anic terms, as a "sacred nonviolent struggle for justice"; and we can reconsider Jesus, as he is in the Gospels, not as a poster boy for Christians fighting crusades against Muslims, but as "a strong-but-gentle Messianic figure" who can bring Christians and Muslims together. As this book shows, many Christians and Muslims have found Isa (Jesus) and the Bismillah (celebrating the mercy, grace, and compassion of God) as common ground upon which they can stand and work for the common good. The Jihad of Jesus is a handbook for reconciliation and action: a do-it-yourself guide for all Christians and Muslims who want to move beyond the "clash of civilizations," join the jihad of Jesus, and struggle for justice and peace nonviolently side by side.

"Dave Andrews [is] one of the leading prophetic voices of our time."
--Mike Riddell, Pastor, Activist, Author

"Things I [have been] thinking, but had been afraid to say out loud, Dave [has been] saying boldly. . . . He speaks to my soul in a way that nobody else does."
--Brian McLaren, Pastor, Activist, and Author

"Dave's reflections demonstrate that Muslims and Christians have much to teach to and learn from each other . . . ."
--Halim Rane, Griffith Islamic Studies Research Unit, Brisbane, Australia

"There is no doubt in my heart that the best way of building bridges of understanding is through respectful dialogue. . . . Dave's approach will surely help us get closer to this noble end."
--Mohamad Abdalla, Griffith Islamic Research Unit, Brisbane, Australia

"I encourage all who are seeking to follow Jesus beyond the bounds of institutional 'Christianity' to read and discuss this important book."
--Wes Howard-Brook, Seattle University

'Dave Andrews (is) one of the leading prophetic voices of our time.'
Mike Riddell - Prominent Christian Pastor, Activist and Author of Godzone and Sacred Journey - Spiritual Wisdom for Times of Transition.

'Things I (have been) thinking, but had been afraid to say out loud, Dave (has been) saying boldly. Ideas I (have been) tentatively considering, he has already been living for years. I've seen the beautiful things he has been doing in a particularly challenging neighborhood. You'll see in Dave's writings that he is highly knowledgeable, not only from an academic standpoint, but also from a grass-roots, experiential level. His writing on these subjects grows from what he has done on the ground. He speaks to my soul in a way that nobody else does.'
Brian McLaren - Prominent Christian Pastor, Activist and Author of Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?

Dave Andrews has lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalized groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India for forty years. He is a founder of the Waiters Union; an educator for TEAR Australia; a trainer for Praxis Community Co-operative; a teacher at Christian Heritage College; an elder emeritus for Servants to Asia's Urban Poor; and a member of AMARAH (Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity). www.daveandrews.com.au

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2932 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1498217745
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers (11 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZJI4PLI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is a hearty read but don't expect a solid or deep systematic theology . Rather it's draws upon hundreds of references from different cultures trying to point the reader to non-violence. He uses scripture to proof his point rather than hears scripture for what it is saying . I found this read ok but frustrating from a theological standpoint
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I recently received a review copy of Dave Andrews' 2015 book, The Jihad of Jesus. This book sets out to show that Jihad, a term often associated by non-Muslims with extremism and violence in the name of Islam, is in fact non-violent and more consistent with a life of peace. The author writes explicitly as a Christian who seeks 'to find a way we can struggle for love and justice that is true to the best in our traditions.'

The book is divided into two parts. The first part, entitled The Jihad of Dajjal, looks at the history of 'holy wars' in both Christianity and Islam. It devotes a chapter to 'holy war' as waged by each tradition, then spends another chapter discussing the non-religious factors that lead to such wars, whether psychological, political or spiritual. This is followed by a discussion of the 'closed set' approach to religion (in which people are considered strictly in or out of the religion, generally by the application of rules and narrow credal statements) vs. 'open set' approaches, which tend to be less concerned with formally measuring a person's adherence to the faith. Andrews posits that closed set approaches inevitably lead to violence and that open set approaches to religion are far more useful in building peace.

Andrews is concerned to point out that both traditions have perpetrated great evil in the name of religion. He's especially concerned to make sure that it's clear that Christians have historically been just as violent as Muslims, if not more. This is one of the great strengths of this book: Andrews rarely gives an account of an historical event without offering an equally heinous or righteous event from the other tradition.
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Dave Andrews is one of the best-researched authors I have read. This book is concise and not overly scholarly, however it offers a big picture view of the horrific histories of both Christianity and Islam. Dave's writing is full of honesty, personal experiences and a truth that transcends labels of religious identity and strikes at the core of some of today's most significant issues, misconceptions and prejudices. This book opened me up to a brand new way of thinking, mostly because I didn't know a lot about Islam (and to a lesser degree, Christianity). I found this book to be honest, even when it shone the light onto the darker sides of both faith traditions. Sprinkled through the text was an atmosphere of hope and a sense that we all can really be the change we want to see in the world. Dave's words are not purely academic, even though I consider Dave to be one of Australia's most prolific academics, but the words in this book are genuine, based on real life experiences and offered with the intention to try and bond humanity into something much higher and more potently beautiful, if we only allow our imaginations to be tempted in new ways. Thanks Dave!
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