When Jesus Came to Harvard Making Moral Choices Today

ISBN-10: 0618067442
ISBN-13: 9780618067442
Edition: 2004 (Teachers Edition, Instructors Manual, etc.)
Authors: Harvey Cox
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/1/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100

Over the fifteen years that Harvey Cox taught his Harvard undergraduate class Jesus and the Moral Life, the course grew so popular that the lectures had to be taught in a theater usually reserved for rock concerts. The overwhelming response was a clear signal of the hunger for guidance in today's confusing world, where moral guidelines seem to shift daily. How can we ask today "What Would Jesus Do?," when Jesus never had to cope with an unintended pregnancy, or confront a teenage daughter about her drug use, or decide whether to put an ailing parent in a retirement home?In his new book, Cox brings the moral wisdom of Rabbi Jesus into the twenty-first century by way of the questions, arguments, responses, and doubts of centuries of rabbinic and Christian theological exploration, as well as the voices of the thousands of Harvard students who attended his course over the years. Cox shows how we can extrapolate from Jesus' parables and bridge the gap between the ancient and modern worlds. As an example, he recalls his experience while locked in a southern jail during the civil rights movement, when the song "We Shall Overcome" rang from nearby cells. The message he takes is from the story of the Resurrection: transcendent hope rising from the depths of injustice.When Jesus Came to Harvard is not another look at the "historical Jesus," but it considers Jesus' contemporary significance by concentrating on the stories he told and those told about him. For youth and adults, Christian and non-Christian, When Jesus Came to Harvard is urgently relevant.

He is the Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard University & the author of the groundbreaking The Secular City. His book The Seduction of the Spirit was nominated for a National Book Award. He writes & lectures widely on issues of religion & culture. He is married and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Introduction
He Was Then, We Are Now
Rabbi Jesus on the Scene
A World Full of Stories
Stories they Told About Him
The Ballad of the Begats
Picking Just the Right Woman
Exiles from Eden
The Gurus and the Usual Suspects
Riffing on Simeon
Beat the Devil
The Campaign Begins
Stories He Told
Jesus Retells His People's Story
Salt and Lamps
The Rabbi Teaches Torah
Parables and Zen Slaps
The Crooked CEO and the Spoiled Brat
Why the Crowds Came
The Armageddon Syndrome
More Stories They Told About Him
The Transfiguration and the Prophet's Night Journey
Bridge Burning and Street Theater
Trial and Retrial
Dead Man Walking
Reason, Emotion, and Torture
It Had to Be Done
A World Without God?
The Easter Story
The Laughter of the Universe
Postscript
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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