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Is the Christianity of the historic creeds sufficiently ethical?
In these days of paedophile priests, of continued gender bias, and pastors seemingly more interested in wealth than faith, this is the hard question that must be faced as never before.
Honest to Goodness is written for those to dare to do that. It’s written out of a life-long career of researching the ethics of both traditional and liberal forms of Christianity, with respect and understanding of these faith communities. The author believes that ethical practice and openness to all truth is more important than any other way of being a Christian at this time.
Author Martin Prozesky says: "I contend that the second-worst sin Christians can commit is to act and believe unethically, when judged in the light of Christianity’s own core ethical values of love, justice and truthfulness.
The worst one is doing this in the name of the God of perfect goodness, in whom there is nothing loveless, unjust, and untruthful whatsoever. This is also a spiritual failure of commitment to Jesus, the superlative ethical and spiritual revolutionary of history.
Yet this is exactly what my lengthy research, as a senior professor of ethics and religion, has revealed, research done in the United States, Britain, and especially in my home country of South Africa under, against and after apartheid.
I found that the worst ethical problems occur in certain core fundamentalist and evangelical beliefs and related practices. These are their beliefs about eternal life, salvation, the Bible, and above all about God. I found that none passes the rigorous ethical scrutiny I felt compelled, out of honesty to goodness, to apply.
Since it is always our ethical duty to tell the truth we have found, I have done so to the best of my ability in my new book Honest to Goodness."
Honest to Goodness proposes a new Christian presence that is free of dogmatism, exclusivism, and biblicism. It charts a way back to the spiritual and ethical revolution begun by Jesus of Nazareth, one that can make a vital difference to needless evils such as bigotry, environmental destruction, poverty, and violence. The book reveals the author's experience of living under, against, and after apartheid, insisting that a faith that does not confront this world's evils is no faith at all, but a dangerous betrayal of all that is good, beautiful, and true.
Honest to Goodness unflinchingly identifies the grave moral shortcomings that are embedded in traditional Christian beliefs and practices, and proposes ways of transforming them into harmony with the divine goodness that the author discerns everywhere.
Embracing a world of religious diversity, science, and creative philosophy, the book describes a new way of experiencing and expressing the divine. It defends faith by moving beyond both theism and atheism.
If you're ready for a revolutionary read, request Honest to Goodness today.