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While many denominations claim to be growing, the largest group in American religious life is the disillusioned - people who have been involved in the church yet see few similarities between the church's life and the person of Jesus. In the midst of elaborate programming, professional worship teams, and political crusades, they ask, "Is this really what Jesus called us to do?"
While the church has dismissed these people as uncommitted and lacking in faith, perhaps the opposite is true. Their commitment to authentic spirituality over institutional idolatry might be the very corrective the church needs. These people respect Jesus, but question what Christianity has become.
In If the Church Were Christian, Quaker pastor and author Philip Gulley explores how the church has lost its way. This eye-opening examination of the values of Jesus reveals the extent to which the church has drifted from the teachings of the man who inspired its creation. Many Christians might be surprised to discover how little Jesus had to say about the church, and that he might never have intended to start a new religion.
But the church is here to stay, and Gulley is determined to help the church find its soul. If the church were Christian, Gulley argues, affirming our potential would be more important than condemning our brokenness. If the church were Christian, inviting questions would be valued more than supplying answers. If the church were Christian, meeting needs would be more important than maintaining institutions.
These simple statements return us to the heart of what Jesus cared about during his ministry. Gulley provides a profound picture of what the church would look like if it refocused on the real priorities of Jesus.
©2011 Philip Gulley (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By Mona on 05-21-12

Fantastic Book, must read for modern day christian

What did you love best about If the Church Were Christian?

The emphasis on how we should model our life after what Jesus did.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he said the following, it was like every fiber of my being shouted "YES!"

"Christianity is less a codified doctrine or creed, and more an approach to life that emphasizes grace, is always on the side of human dignity, is always devoted to our spiritual growth and moral evolution and is always committed to the ongoing search for truth, even if that search leads us away from institutional Christianity."
Philip Gulley

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lori on 07-19-11

Wonderful book!

I hope all churches no matter what denomination study and discuss this book. Rev Gulley puts in words so well how Jesus wants us to live our lives. Highly recommended!

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By P. Connolly on 02-17-13

Interesting ideas

A book with some interesting thoughts about the Christian Church, except the author has literally thrown out the messianic baby with the dirty bath water of divisive history of the Christian Church. This leaves a faith built on being nice to each other.

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