Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for, and Believe

Book Number: 
Date Fred Read: 
March 2019
Fred's Rating: 
Richard Rohr
Total Pages: 
Convergent Books

Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized. He is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, where he also serves as academic dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation.

I bought the hardcover edition but I give here Amazon's website for the Kindle edition, for it contains all of the 8-pp opening chapter Before We Begin.

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

The Home page has a brief but good summary (click on 'Read more'). Among the 'Top customer reviews' further down the Home page I recommnend the review by “Tim King” entitled “Reclaiming Jesus and Discovering the Christ.” I had already deduced that this book is aimed at people who are either at the beginning stages of their adult spiritual journey or among those of us who don't mind reviewing their past earlier stages. What first raised this thought in me was the author's need to ask the question “Is the word [Christ] simply Jesus' last name? “ Perhaps there are people who need to have this question raised and answered. (But doing so without explaining the word Messiah surprised me!)

Perhaps the author wants to avoid words not in common useage among his Roman Catholic flock. What the reviewers of this book did not mention is that Father Richard Rohr's own words places him among the many progressive theologians who hold close to their hearts the theological word panentheism and how the 'en' (within the word panentheism) greatly changes the word pantheism. This aspect of Rohr's simply-stated insights and wisdom is clearly recognized in the next book I will soon review.

For any people early on theur spiitual growth path, as well as those of us who don't mind rereading this well-written discussion of the words Jesus and Christ as referring to different but deeply interrelated aspects, I recommend this book. I myself have learned to appreciate how Marcus P. Borg explicitly reframed these two words: using 'pre-Easter' for the incarnate Jesus of the Gospel narratives and 'post-Easter' for the risen Christ as well as the spiritual aspect of God as shaped by the concept of the Holy Triniy. With these comments in mind, I rate this book at five stars. I'm very glad I chose to read this book and decided to review it before I review the next book. Enough said for now.