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Beauty Will Save the World

Rediscovering the Allure and Power of the Cross
Rediscovering the Allure and Power of the Cross
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Brian Zahnd issues a challenge to Christians to discover new vitality through reenvisioning, reimagining and reforming the church according to the pattern of the cruciform.For thousands of years artists, sages, philosophers, and theologians have connected the beautiful and the sacred and identified art with our longing for God. Now we live in a day when pragmatism and utilitarian "morals" have largely displaced beauty as a value. The church is no exception--even salvation is commonly viewed in a scientific and mechanistic manner and presented as a plan, system, or formula. We have technology, convenience, security, and a measure of prosperity, but where is the beauty?In "Beauty Will Save the World," Brian Zahnd presents the argument that this loss of beauty as a principal value has been disastrous for Western culture--and especially for the church. The full message of the beauty of the gospel has been replaced by our desires to satisfy our material needs, to empirically prove our faith, and to establish a Caesar-style kingdom in our world. Exactly those things that Christ was tempted with--and rejected--in the wilderness.Zahnd shows that by following the teachings of the Beatitudes, the church can become a viable alternative to current-day political, commercial, and religious power and can actually achieve what these powers promise to provide but fail to deliver. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches us to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer way.

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Brian Zahnd issues a challenge to Christians to discover new vitality through reenvisioning, reimagining and reforming the church according to the pattern of the cruciform.For thousands of years artists, sages, philosophers, and theologians have connected the beautiful and the sacred and identified art with our longing for God. Now we live in a day when pragmatism and utilitarian "morals" have largely displaced beauty as a value. The church is no exception--even salvation is commonly viewed in a scientific and mechanistic manner and presented as a plan, system, or formula. We have technology, convenience, security, and a measure of prosperity, but where is the beauty?In "Beauty Will Save the World," Brian Zahnd presents the argument that this loss of beauty as a principal value has been disastrous for Western culture--and especially for the church. The full message of the beauty of the gospel has been replaced by our desires to satisfy our material needs, to empirically prove our faith, and to establish a Caesar-style kingdom in our world. Exactly those things that Christ was tempted with--and rejected--in the wilderness.Zahnd shows that by following the teachings of the Beatitudes, the church can become a viable alternative to current-day political, commercial, and religious power and can actually achieve what these powers promise to provide but fail to deliver. Using stories from the lives of St. Francis of Assisi and from his own life, he teaches us to stay on the journey to discover the kingdom of God in a fuller, richer way.

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781616385859
    • Manufacturer: Charisma House
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781616385859
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2012
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Brian Zahnd
    • Page Count: 256
    • Weight: 0.75 pounds
    • SKU: 9781616386412
    • Manufacturer: Charisma House
    • ISBN 13: 9781616386412
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2012
    • Format: Electronic Media
    • Author: Brian Zahnd
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