Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity   by Roger Wolsey

published January, 11 2011

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sherry tucker david said:   October 31, 2011 4:36 pm PST
I too, was surprised that you seem to speak to 'young' people. I am young at 54, I guess, because I identify with what you write.

Rev. Dr. David Sharp said:   October 24, 2011 4:50 pm PST
I have just begun chapter 6 and decided to write a few words here. I man a Presbyterian minister.... and the son of a Presbyterian minister. I am African American... and have been in a state of dissonance with my tradition for a long while. I am 55 years old... and have never put God in a box, even though I entered the box I serve in. Roger has brought language that deals with what I have been thinking and feeling but had not found the right language or even community to give voice, or listen and go, "Yea, me too!" Thank you, Roger for bravely putting yourself out there for all of us who are feeling this same dissonance. I look forward to venturing on with your book. I love the academic scholarship, history and analysis, mixed with your personal story. This is not a head trip, but a heart journey..! Bravo

Ann said:   August 22, 2011 6:48 am PST
Hi, I am intrigued by your book and I'm going to see if it is available by ebook. I am curious if you discuss the words of the Bible that say it is God-breathed and at the end where it indicates nothing should be added or taken away. Do you believe it is inerrant? Thanks.

Bill Colburn said:   August 21, 2011 5:58 pm PST
Well done! I've posted a brief review of you book at: http://seguewm.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/kissing-fish-by-roger-wolsey/

Wayne Laws said:   August 9, 2011 2:48 pm PST
Roger Wolsey's "Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don't like christianity" is by far the best book I have read to date that systematically explicates "Progressive Christianity." With his conversational writing style you do not need to be steeped in theology to read and understand this book. Wolsey does an excellent job of explaining in understandable terms the pertinent theological concepts and terms and church history that Progressive Christianity draws from. This book will appeal to both the Christian as well as those who may not call themselves Christian but are interested in how progressives view the Bible, God, Jesus, other religions, and how we try to live and order their lives. As Wolsey leads the reader step-by-step through what progressives believe he compares and contrasts it to what "mainline conservative" (read traditional) Christians believe as well as touching upon process, emergent, openness, and liberation theologies and where they overlap and differ from Progressive Christianity. I have no doubt this book will come under heavy attack from many Conservative and Fundamental Christians and Wolsey himself admits that some will find some of the progressive beliefs in the book heretical. (In that, we stand in good company). My only point of departure from Wolsey is the impression that the progressive movement within Christianity is the realm of the young. Many of us, speaking as a 57-year old, have been progressives for a long time we just didn't have the language to express it that now exists thanks to people such as Wolsey, Marcus Borg, Delwin Brown, Brian D. McLaren, Rob Bell, Anne Lamott, and others. The progressive embers have been alight for some time, now, thanks to Wolsey and others, they are fanning the embers into open flame and giving it a voice.

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