Mainlining Christianity

95 Theses for the 21st Century

by Rev. Thomas O’Donnell, Esq.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 23/02/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781425705497

About the Book

Moderate and liberal Christians, Unite! Reclaim Jesus from the evangelical Christian right.

Imagine a faith tradition divided up into literally thousands of denominations based on such silly things as organizational structure (how many bishops can you fit on the head of a needle?), or theological differences such as whether baptism is to be done by "dunking" or by ""sprinkling" or whether or not the bread and the cup are actually transformed into the "body and blood of Christ" during the Lord´s Supper (the "doctrine of transubstantiation").

Imagine that, even within a single denomination of this faith tradition, those who profess to share the same faith have diametrically opposed views on the nature of God, the source of salvation, the nature of sin, the meaning of scripture, the relationship of Science and Religion, of Reason and Faith, of Truth, Certainty, and Doubt. Imagine further that they cannot even agree on the nature and/or message of the man upon whom their religion is founded.

Finally, imagine that a vocal minority of these diametrically opposed views is dominating the public airwaves, while the "silent majority" remains hunkered down in the hallowed halls of their sanctuaries. While the message of this vocal minority is embraced by a few in search of simple answers, imagine that the masses of un-churched, de-churched, under-churched, never-been-churched, fed-up-with-church are turned off and are walking away in droves.

Unfortunately, there is no need to imagine any of this. It is happening right here, right now in the United States of America. The faith tradition is called Christianity. The vocal minority that is dominating the bully pulpit of public opinion is the "evangelical Christian right," and the "silent majority" are moderate and liberal Christians everywhere.

Mainlining Christianity is a call to Christianity´s "silent majority" to stand up and speak out and to join in a New Reformation. Through the vehicle of "95 Theses for the 21st Century," the book is divided into eight separate sections:

Religion, Christianity, and Worldviews
Physical Truths: In Search of a Theory of Everything (T.O.E.)
Spiritual, Scriptural, Literal, and Mythical Truths
In Search of the Logos: From Jesus the Man to Jesus the Christ
In Search of the Logos: Jesus and the Love Ethic
Interfaith Interconnectedness and the Logos
The Logos Intersects with the T.O.E.: God Is LOVE

Within each section is a series of messages designed to offer a practical/theological roadmap to just such a Reformation. Moderate and Liberal Christians, Unite! Reclaim Jesus from the evangelical Christian right.

About the Author

Reverend Thomas F. O’Donnell, Esq., is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving as pastor of Plymouth Bethesda Church in Utica, New York. He is the author of numerous other works, including his most recent works of fiction, The Damnation of Tucker Tolliver and The J, E, D & P Murders.