Jesus the Rebel explores the life of Jesus from the perspective of active nonviolence, and includes stories from John Dear’s own journey to oppose war and violence and promote Jesus’ way of peace and nonviolence. With over thirty chapters, it reflects on the peacemaking side of Jesus’ life, in a variety of stories, from his long fast in the desert and his first public speaking event, to the raising of Lazarus, the last supper, his execution and resurrection. The foreword is by longtime peacemaker Daniel Berrigan.
“John Dear has the gift to capture the social gospel as Jesus proclaimed it. I highly recommend this book. He makes the Gospels come alive.”
–J. Christoph Arnold,
“This is a challenging book. Scripturally based, it calls each of us to live by the truth, the law of love. Dear invites us to commit our lives seriously to the joyous, costly, discipleship of Jesus.”
–Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate,
“If you want to learn how to eat the fire of God’s nonviolent and truthful love that is justice and peace for all, come chew on these words of God and become a friend of Jesus the rebel.”
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