Radical Christianity
Website Maintained By Rev. Dr. Jerry S. Maneker
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Jesus was a radical and, hence, countercultural and, as Christians, we are to be
radical and countercultural as well!  We are never to be satisfied with a status quo
that allows assorted social ills such as poverty, corruption in institutions,
discrimination of any kind, or the creation of out-groups that are then demonized
and discriminated against “in the name of God,” to go unchallenged.

As Christians, we are called upon to “…destroy arguments and every proud
obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought
captive to obey Christ.” (2Corinthians 10:4b-5)  These “proud obstacles” come from
a variety of sources, some of which come from much of the organized Church itself,
and much of these posts will reflect concerns and critiques of such obstacles that
are felt to thwart God’s will for our lives and for His Church.

To be “radical” denotes going to the “root” or origin of a phenomenon and
elucidating its fundamentals.  On this website,” Radical Christianity,” I seek to
address a variety of political, economic, social, and religious issues by using as my
compass point the fundamentals of Christianity as explicated in the words and
works of Jesus.  These issues will be dealt with within the framework of some major
new items of the day.

Jesus preached love amidst hatred; unity amidst divisiveness; faith amidst the
legalistic religious leaders of His day; inclusiveness amidst exclusionary religious
leaders; wholeness amidst the brokenhearted; freedom amidst those held in yokes
of bondage; love amidst hatred.  Jesus spoke truth to power, and we, as Christians,
are to do no less!

On this website, I seek to highlight and explicate a radical Christianity as applied to
a variety of contemporary issues in the hope of providing a Christian perspective
often overlooked or missing  from much of the discourse held in the media and
within much of the organized Church as well.  These articles have previously
appeared in my weekly newspaper column entitled, "Christianity and Society," that
appears in the Sacramento Valley Mirror and/or in the webzine, "Speak From The
Heart," and/or in the Online magazine, "Whosoever."  

As I write further articles dealing with "radical Christianity," as well as dig through
my archives of relevant articles I have written over the years, I will add them to this
site.  In addition, I intend to invite certain people to write articles for this site from
time to time that deal with relevant issues.

May this website provide a refreshing, provocative, forum for the civilized
presentation of ideas that reflect Jesus’ commandments to trust God over and
above seen circumstances, and to love other people by never tiring of doing good
to liberate all those held captive by traditions that make void the Word of God
(Matthew 15:3), as well as by all other religious and secular sources and forces.  I
very much hope that these and subsequent articles will move forward the cause of
Christ and the betterment of Christ’s Church as well as secular society.
Some Qualities of Progressive Christians and Churches
A Christian Voice For Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Rights
A Church For The 21'st Century
Americablog.com
The Cooptation of Christianity
The Gospel Of Suffering
Pam's House Blend
The Illusion Of Certainty
The Most Dangerous People In The World
Common Dreams
The Roots Of Fascism
We Are A Resurrection People
Truthout
Why Every Church Must Be Open And Affirming
On The Need For Repentance
BBC Religion & Ethics
Manifestations Of Discipleship
Religious News Feeds
On The Need For A Renewal Of Christian Consciousness
United Church Of Christ
On The Need For Reconciiliation By The Church
Selected Works Of Martin Luther
What Does It Mean To Be "Born Again?"
A New Reformation
Grappling With The Mysteries Of Life
The Holy Life
Fr. Jake Stops The World
He Made The Storm Be Still
A Place At The Table
Nationalism And Christianity
The Spiritus Project
Aging and Courage
Behavior, Relationships, and the Christian Life
Speak From The Heart
Being Gay Is A Gift From God
Whosoever
Freedom From Bondage
Straight, Not Narrow
Ethics Versus Righteousness
The Turning Magazine
Forgiveness Versus Acceptance
Crooks And Liars
GLBT People And The Battle For The Bible
Dissident Voice
Grace Versus Works In The New Testament
Democracy Now
Grappling With The Mysteries Of Life
National Public Radio
Hate-Mongering Among Professing Christians
Honoring Our Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Sisters And Brothers
Progressive Review
Never Look Back
Christ Community Church Audio Archive
Nothing Shall Separate Us From The Love Of Christ
On Being Authentic
Our Call To Heal The Wounded Soul
Private Lives And Public Lies
Religion Can Be A Dangerous Thing
Social Darwinism And Christianity
The American Terrorists
The Bureaucratization Of Society
The Dynamics Of Bureaucracy
The Erosion Of Our Freedoms
The Essence Of Christianity
Rosa Parks
The Abundant Life
The Devolution Of Higher Education
The Human Condition
The Issue Of Capital Punishment
The Issue Of Gay Marriage
The Most Dangerous People In The World
The Normal Christian Life
To Be A Hero Of Faith
We Are Not To Chafe Under The Sovereign Choices Of God
What Is A Christian?
What Is "Faith"?
What Is The Gospel?
When God Whispered Your Name
You Are Not Under Condemnation
You Are Worth A Lot To God
Biblical Literalism As Thwarting God's Plan For Us