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

The Universal Christ How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See Hope For and Believe Richard Rohr one of the world s most influential spiritual thinkers delivers his long awaited book on Jesus In this radical message of hope Rohr shows how Jesus Christ reveal the divine wholeness a

  • Title: The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe
  • Author: Richard Rohr
  • ISBN: 1524762091
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Richard Rohr, one of the world s most influential spiritual thinkers, delivers his long awaited book on Jesus In this radical message of hope, Rohr shows how Jesus Christ reveal the divine wholeness at the heart of things and what that means for every one of us.In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped hundreds of thousands realize wh Richard Rohr, one of the world s most influential spiritual thinkers, delivers his long awaited book on Jesus In this radical message of hope, Rohr shows how Jesus Christ reveal the divine wholeness at the heart of things and what that means for every one of us.In his decades as a globally recognized teacher, Richard Rohr has helped hundreds of thousands realize what is at stake in matters of faith and it is not religion as usual Yet Fr Rohr has never written on the most perennially talked about topic in Christianity Jesus Christ Most know who Jesus was, but who was Christ Is the word simply Jesus last name Too often, declares Rohr, our understandings have been held captive by culture, nationalism, and Christianity itself Drawing on history, theology, and psychology, Rohr articulates an exhilarating and ultimately sensible view of Jesus Christ as a portrait, so to speak, of how God works The whole of creation is the beloved community the child of God not just Jesus, he writes In a world where religion too often divides, Rohr s understanding of the Incarnation changes not just the significance of Christmas, but how we read history, relate to nature and each other, and find our highest purpose each day Fans of Rohr s earlier works will find here a synthesis that reveals the broadest, most hopeful vision for humanity imaginable Newcomers will be drawn to a science friendly spirituality that feels both modern and timeless All will value Rohr s practical insights on mindfulness, prayer, and enlightened social action Get A Copy Kindle Store 12.99 StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisIndigoBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Hardcover, 272 pages Published March 5th 2019 by Convergent Books More Details ISBN 1524762091 ISBN13 9781524762094 Edition Language English Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Universal Christ, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Best books for Episcopalians in addition to the Bible 132 books 28 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.57 Rating details 1,087 ratings 187 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 186 More filters Sort order Apr 10, 2019 Jaidee added it review of another edition I picked this up for my Easter read I did not know what to expect This book has an extremely high rating thus far and I imagine that it has been helpful and enlightening to those readers I have decided to not rate this particular book as I do not want to dissuade anybody from reading it I do, however, want to briefly share my experience of Father Rohr s book Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has started a school of Christian Contemplation with some colleagues in New Mexico The curric I picked this up for my Easter read I did not know what to expect This book has an extremely high rating thus far and I imagine that it has been helpful and enlightening to those readers I have decided to not rate this particular book as I do not want to dissuade anybody from reading it I do, however, want to briefly share my experience of Father Rohr s book Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has started a school of Christian Contemplation with some colleagues in New Mexico The curriculum looks very interesting Father Rohr appears to know his scripture very well and he applies it to an all encompassing, all loving and all compassionate experience of Christ He emphasizes everyday mysticism, good works and a willingness to suffer and love and share with the disenfranchised He is very inclusive of all people, faiths and philosophical inclinations I found his understanding of Paul and Mary Magdalene particularly moving and effective He also includes some of his own written prayers and meditations that were not so helpful or resonant for me as I tried to work with them over several days I struggled to some and in some cases a lot with folksy tone, political correctness, his over criticism of what previous institutions have done poorly as opposed to a lot of the good and wisdom gathered as well as what appeared to be a fair bit of pandering to various disenfranchised groups Although very knowledgeable in scripture his pulling in of neuroscience, depth psychology, politics and buddhism was flimsy In a sermon or teaching this may have been sufficient but in a book of this type was very inadequate He also injected a fair bit of his own ego and duality where he constantly stressed the importance of the release of self in connection with Christ and non binary viewpoints I also found a fair bit of his own subjective experience extraneous and often presented as universal enlightenments as opposed to the personal ie his own I am glad that I read this but for me personally added little to my knowledge or spiritual growth flag 36 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 02, 2019 Robert D Cornwall rated it liked it Shelves spirituality, religion Richard Rohr is one of the best known writers on spirituality A Franciscan, he understands that there is a long tradition of spiritual writings to draw from At the same time, he is open to other spiritual traditions, especially Buddhism I have read a number of books and found many of them helpful, and even practical in orientation The Universal Christ is, I believe, a followup to his previous book on the Trinity The Divine Dance The Trinity and Your Transformation In this book he focuse Richard Rohr is one of the best known writers on spirituality A Franciscan, he understands that there is a long tradition of spiritual writings to draw from At the same time, he is open to other spiritual traditions, especially Buddhism I have read a number of books and found many of them helpful, and even practical in orientation The Universal Christ is, I believe, a followup to his previous book on the Trinity The Divine Dance The Trinity and Your Transformation In this book he focuses on Christology.I received an advanced reader s copy of the book, so I m going off it There may be additions, subtractions, and corrections to what I had in front of me, but I m assuming that the essence of the book is present The question that he seeks to address here is who is the Christ In his estimation the answer to this question includes but is not limited to the person of Jesus of Nazareth In other words he wants to challenge the idea that the incarnation of the divine presence was limited to the person of Jesus He believes that this broader definition is true to Scripture and to early Christian thinking, especially in the Eastern Church In his mind, the universal Christ, or Christ principle, is in reality a a theory of everything He defines himself as a panentheist, a position that I am drawn to By this he means that God is in all things and all things are in God, but all things are not God At the same time, his Christ principle, separated from Jesus, is in essence a template for all things In this he draws from John 1 This is a difficult book to describe as Rohr takes on a number of ideas and weaves them together He wants to connect his Christian faith to a broader religious framework, one that is inclusive rather than exclusive I expect some readers will find the book spiritually uplifting Others may find it heretical As for me, I found it a bit wearying In other words, it didn t hit the spot for me I do have a few concerns, and they center around the way in which Rohr separates Jesus and Christ I understand his desire to broaden the message, but I discerned a bit of supersessionism in his description of this movement He has this evolutionary view of religion that leads out of traditonal Judaism to Jesus , who seems superior to Judaism We see this in Rohr s description of Saul s movement beyond his beloved by ethnic bound, religion of Judaism toward a universal vision of religion, so much that he changed his Hebrew name to its Latin form, Paul p 40 While I don t think Rohr is anti Jewish, historically when we put too strong of a divide between the person of Jesus and the Christ, there is the temptation to reenvision the faith in ways that lead to a dismissal of Jesus own origins, as if Christianity replaces Judaism Further, with this idea of the Universal Christ, is there a temptation to overlay Christianity on top of other faith traditions At the same time, is something lost in the Christian understanding of reality, if we simply think of Christ as as a world view To put it succinctly, as I read through the book, I found myself somewhat uncomfortable with the direction Rohr is moving Others may have a different experience, but this is mine flag 13 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 15, 2019 Reid Belew rated it it was amazing This is so clearly the book Richard Rohr has been working to through every other book In a way, it may be best to read this one first, then go back and treat other books as specific elaborations, having The Universal Christ as the context and foundation of them all I loved this book I feel relieved to have read it I recommend it to anyone and everyone, even the nonreligious If you take it at its word, it s clear it will produce great change Big fan flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 23, 2018 Zine Smith rated it did not like it I started this book with high hopes The title was very engaging The introduction was wonderful The first chapter concerned me The second chapter was heretical in my opinion Fr Rohr has excellent theological training I was shocked Christ is the tile of Jesus as the promised Messiah not a loosely understood concept.No one but the only son of the Father is the incarnation of God Seeing the mark of the Creator in all people and creation is beautiful Saying all people are an incarnation of I started this book with high hopes The title was very engaging The introduction was wonderful The first chapter concerned me The second chapter was heretical in my opinion Fr Rohr has excellent theological training I was shocked Christ is the tile of Jesus as the promised Messiah not a loosely understood concept.No one but the only son of the Father is the incarnation of God Seeing the mark of the Creator in all people and creation is beautiful Saying all people are an incarnation of God is completely contradictory to Scripture.I cannot recommend this book at all flag 6 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Mar 31, 2019 Scriptor Ignotus rated it liked it Shelves christianity One of the most striking characteristics of our contemporary moral discourse is our seeming inability to grasp the proper relationship between particulars and universals, or between individuals and groups A black, gay actor says he was brutally assaulted by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and all white men are blanketed with culpability under the original sin of whiteness The two white men turn out to be Nigerian bodybuilders who helped the alleged victim stage the who One of the most striking characteristics of our contemporary moral discourse is our seeming inability to grasp the proper relationship between particulars and universals, or between individuals and groups A black, gay actor says he was brutally assaulted by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and all white men are blanketed with culpability under the original sin of whiteness The two white men turn out to be Nigerian bodybuilders who helped the alleged victim stage the whole thing, and the very concepts of racism and homophobia are taken to be nothing than defamatory lies invented by social malcontents to sow discord A white nationalist murders 49 people at a mosque in New Zealand, and progressive activists in the United States pour out their wrath on Chelsea Clinton We exist between two profundities that seem mutually exclusive the life and example of an individual can serve as a powerful symbol of universal truths, and universal truths are recapitulated in pluriform ways within the lives of individuals We are at all times being put together and pulled apart by the categories that form the currency of our understanding of reality If we place too heavy an emphasis on the individual and particular, we lose sight of the broader social and cosmic forces that shape our personal circumstances If we consider only the collective and universal, we subordinate the totality of the human person and reduce real people ourselves and others to instruments of ideas that can never encompass the whole of reality The dilemma is nothing new Before it plagued our current cultural and political milieu it was a perennial object of contention among the theologians of our Christian past It is impossible to develop a coherent account of sin, salvation, incarnation, atonement, and the dual nature of Christ without taking a stance on it It is astonishing to note that for two thousand years, Christians have never fully agreed on what it means to say that Jesus died for our sins They ve all agreed that the death and resurrection of this one man somehow liberates all of humanity indeed all of creation from sin but the precise logistics of the operation have been hazy at best In antiquity, the prevailing model of atonement was what scholars now call the Ransom Theory This theory held that after the Fall of Adam and Eve, humanity was taken into the captivity of Satan The only way for God to undo this captivity was to offer a ransom worthy of the entire human race His Incarnate Son Eager to claim his prize, Satan devoured Christ in death on the cross But there was a catch Humanity was in thrall to Satan because of original sin since Christ was uncorrupted by original sin, He could not be held in death because He owed nothing to it, sharing as He does in the eternal life which is the nature of God Thus Christ reemerged from death, humanity s bond to Satan was broken, and Satan was left wishing he had read the terms and conditions before agreeing to the new Apple update Though it conjures some delightful imagery, the Ransom Theory didn t sit well with the academic theologians of the middle ages for reasons that are probably clear God and Satan are not equal powers waging a cold war over the fate of the world, so God would never be in the humiliating position of having to trade captives with him as if they were two generals Neither does it seem appropriate that God would trick Satan in this way, even for such a worthy purpose Beginning with Anselm of Canterbury in the eleventh century and being refined and reworked by the reformed theologians of the sixteenth, the Ransom model was superseded by the Substitution model, according to which Christ s death was a repayment or restitution not to Satan, but to God the Father, whose honor and justice had been offended by human sin Jesus substituted Himself in place of humanity by willingly paying a debt He did not owe, taking the sins of the world unto himself to make reconciliation between God and humanity possible I submit that the underlying theme of both The Universal Christ and Fr Rohr s work as a whole is his distaste for Substitutionary or Satisfactory models of atonement and his desire to rehabilitate the eastern, Johannine vision in the western church The Johannine model, often called the Christus Victor model in reference to the writings of a Swedish theologian named Gustaf Aul n in the 1930s, took the original Ransom Theory and modified it in a different way Rather than being offered to Satan by God the Father as a ransom, which suggests an un trinitarian disconnect between Father and Son, the Trinitarian God, incarnated in Christ, sojourned into death to defeat it on its own turf Rather than a prickly piece of bait, Christus Victor imagines Christ as a knight going off to slay the dragon in its lair Christ s triumph over death is the decisive victory in an apocalyptic war between death and the creativity of God That the battle was won through the self giving of God in Christ is perfectly in keeping with God s creative nature From beginning to end, eternally, God has been creating and perfecting the cosmos Rohr draws a distinction between Jesus of Nazareth, the Galilean man who lived and died two thousand years ago, and Christ , which he understands to be the universal principle of God s self outpouring creativity that underlies all of existence and its intelligibility to human beings Creation itself is the first incarnation , and so the nature of the Christian God can and should be recognized in the utter giftedness of everything that is The second incarnation the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was the Trinity s way of giving a human face to this universal truth and reawakening humanity to this preexisting incarnational reality As created beings, we are all incarnations of God, and we are vindicated as such by our corporate solidarity in the universal Christ We have never been separate from God or from one another, and our perceptions to the contrary are a symptom of that egocentric inwardness, in which we turn away from our divine foundation, that is the nature of sin It is a beautiful vision, and one that resonates highly with me But I was put off by Rohr s dismissal of the other atonement motifs each of which has support in scripture and tradition as primitive, juvenile, and violent He gives all benefit of the doubt to his own understanding, and none to any others It is unclear to me why Rohr thinks the Anselmian vision of Christ offering Himself to bear the burden of sin for which we are all culpable is violent, but the eastern vision of Christ storming the gates of Hell to liberate the righteous dead in a cosmological D Day invasion is necessarily peaceful I reckon the apocalyptic, Johannine perspective occupied the imagination of the crusaders to a far greater extent than any quiet, personal reflection on how God takes responsibility for their and MY proclivity for evil Nor do I understand Rohr s assertion that the Substitutionary understanding doesn t prompt any change on the part of the believer, except perhaps for legitimating our cultures of punishment and revenge That could be the case if the believer has a superficial understanding of scripture and tradition, but one can have an equally superficial understanding of the Christus Victor motif Alternatively, the Substitutionary Christ can be a model of self sacrifice and personal responsibility that every Christian can emulate The nature of godliness is to take responsibility for the ills that afflict others It doesn t have to be violence and punishment all the way down it can just as easily be self sacrifice all the way down Martin Luther King could have used his education to go anywhere and do anything He could have left the segregated south behind, but instead he chose to live in the belly of the beast and work toward the dismantling of Jim Crow He willingly drew the evil of racism onto himself and lost his life in the process, and his sacrifice caused a profound change in social consciousness I think he demonstrates the potential that lies in personalizing the Substitutionary model of atonement Thus, we should be careful to let neither our personal nor our cosmic perspectives override one another It may be in the navigation of the very interplay between them that we find our salvation Rohr really should have used the word Logos instead of Christ in this sense Christ connotes Jesus s historical title as the promised Messiah of Israel, and is thus not the universal principle that Rohr refers to Admittedly, The Universal Logos would not have made as good a book title. flag 5 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Mar 17, 2019 David rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves christianity, spirituality, most influential, favorites Never has a book so thoroughly reframed the concept of faith and God in my life as The Universal Christ did In elegance and sheer simplicity Richard Rohr encapsulated everything I have been reconstructing in my own life, and offered a hope that there is a better way, a universal application of understanding and love in a Divine Reality that transcends how our modern society has described God This book offers an ancient and better way of understanding God, and will undoubtedly be with me for Never has a book so thoroughly reframed the concept of faith and God in my life as The Universal Christ did In elegance and sheer simplicity Richard Rohr encapsulated everything I have been reconstructing in my own life, and offered a hope that there is a better way, a universal application of understanding and love in a Divine Reality that transcends how our modern society has described God This book offers an ancient and better way of understanding God, and will undoubtedly be with me for many years to come as I walk out my faith journey flag 6 likesLike see review Aug 21, 2019 Ellie rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, 2019indchal, spiritual Richard Rohr is my favorite priest writer His compassion shines forth from every page of his every book This book is no exception.Rohr presents Christ as an one expression of the face of God, while honoring other faiths and their worship of what he perceives as other expressions of God His God is all inclusive and all loving The greatest gift is God s love for us, which most of us have difficulty believing in and trusting.Rohr s vision of Christ Jesus post Easter is traditional than t Richard Rohr is my favorite priest writer His compassion shines forth from every page of his every book This book is no exception.Rohr presents Christ as an one expression of the face of God, while honoring other faiths and their worship of what he perceives as other expressions of God His God is all inclusive and all loving The greatest gift is God s love for us, which most of us have difficulty believing in and trusting.Rohr s vision of Christ Jesus post Easter is traditional than the one portrayed by Marcus Borg, whose book I recently read and was intrigued, excited, and challenged by His is the incarnational Jesus, the Son of God made man For Rohr, that is an affirmation of God s embodied manifestation in the world, not only in Jesus, but is all people as well as in the world itself, the universe, all of nature.This is not, however, only an embodied God but a transcendental one as well God is both in us and beyond us, always available to us.Rohr s God is with us in our suffering He sees Jesus appearance not simply as a transactional event, his death taking away our sin, but as a statement of how he is with us in our suffering, understanding our pain because he has also experienced it, compassionate and always available.There are several exercises at the end to help us actually experience the Christ Rohr writes about For Rohr, God is not reached analytically or by obeying the rules of the church or even by the sacraments although all these may help a person reach God Rohr believes that ultimately God is experienced, not understood or explained.He also believes that we best reach this experience when we are able to touch our own vulnerability This usually happens when life breaks us in some way but then, according to Rohr each of us is challenged by our lives in some way If we allow our pain or frustration to teach us, we can experience God in the midst of our suffering.This is another wonderful book by Rohr and a terrific way to engage with his work It speaks to those of us who consider ourselves both spiritual and material beings and wish to experience our life spiritually in ways that guide our actions as well flag 4 likesLike see review May 28, 2019 Morgan Bradham rated it it was amazing Shelves spirituality, mysticism and psychonautics, philosophy, religion, favorites Phenomenal By way of contemporary language and a simplicity missing from the bulk of classic Christian mystical texts, Richard Rohr has released Christian mysticism from the shadows of pop culture, revealing an ancient wisdom without the new ageist strings that so frequently seem to come attached to a digestible understanding of the modern Mystic flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 01, 2019 Cole Swearengen rated it it was amazing Took my time reading this one, allowing time to chew on the overwhelming amount of gold nuggets in this book So thankful for the experience and can truly say it s an outstanding work by an outstanding man flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 18, 2018 Joy Matteson rated it it was amazing Shelves contemplative, christianity, theology Another Rohr book to really contemplate no pun intended and take your time understanding Now in his 70s, Fr Rohr has taken his many years of wisdom to reclaim the name of Christ to mean much than Jesus last name Truly, if you take anything from this book, it s that Christ is in all, and in everything And that is good news I loved it Thanks Netgalley for the free e galley I ll need to buy a copy to recommend and re read flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 14, 2019 Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves readin19 This has to be his life thesis, where he was going with all of his other books flag 2 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Jeff rated it did not like it Shelves christian non fiction, spirituality non fiction, theology, non fiction, written in the 21st century, written in the 2010s, read in 2019, published in 2019 A wise Biblical Interpretation professor once told our class to be wary of people who offer biblical interpretations that are totally new and unique He wasn t saying that all biblical interpretation has already been done or that new interpretations are necessarily wrong but one should exercise extreme caution when an interpreters strays from 2,000 years of work by faithful thinkers, writers, theologians, spiritualists, interpreters, Bible scholars, etc.Richard Rohr is that interpreter we were w A wise Biblical Interpretation professor once told our class to be wary of people who offer biblical interpretations that are totally new and unique He wasn t saying that all biblical interpretation has already been done or that new interpretations are necessarily wrong but one should exercise extreme caution when an interpreters strays from 2,000 years of work by faithful thinkers, writers, theologians, spiritualists, interpreters, Bible scholars, etc.Richard Rohr is that interpreter we were warned about He begins his new book The Universal Christ with an anecdote from Caryll Houselander, a 20th century Catholic mystic In this anecdote, Houselander is on a train when she suddenly has a revelation Christ is in everything and everyone while she is riding on a train Rohr then claims that this was the original doctrine of the church After the Great Schism of 1054, this was lost at least in the West God s first Incarnation was in nature itself when it was created Jesus then came out of the Christ soaked world as the second incarnation Whereas Western Christianity has treated Christ as Jesus last name, the East and Pre Schism Christianity saw a difference between Jesus the man and the universal Christ Therefore, modern Christians must recover this ancient way of seeing things If we don t recover this vision, we have missed the point of Christianity altogether.This book is nothing short of heresy What Rohr is advocating is Christian panentheism He says so himself I am really a panentheist God lies within all things, but also transcends them , exactly like both Jesus and Paul There are so many problems are present in this little book, it s hard to know where to start.One of the major problems is that Rohr cites biblical passages often quite large passages without doing any kind of exegesis of said passage or really connecting it with his thoughts For example, if Houselander s vision seems to us today somehow exotic, it certainly wouldn t have to early Christians The revelation of the Risen Christ as ubiquitous and eternal was clearly affirmed in the Scriptures Colossians 1, Ephesians 1, John 1, Hebrews 1 The full Christian leap of faith is trusting that Jesus together with Christ gave us one human but fully accurate window the Eternal Now that we call God John 8 58 Colossians 1 15 Hebrews 1 3 2 Peter 3 8 Rohr doesn t just paint broadly with biblical passages he cites church fathers, theologians, philosophers, and scientists with the same lack of care and attention Somehow, he uses everyone from Athanasius to G.K Chesterton to C.S Lewis to Pope Francis as support for his version of Christian panentheism These figures would be mortified if they knew that their words were being used to support such ideas In the introduction, Rohr states that even though his training is in theology, he intends to draw on the disciplines of psychology, science, history, and anthropology to enrich the text This is laughable Here is an example of how Rohr uses science to enrich the text Scientists have discovered that what looks like darkness to the human eye is actually filled with tiny particles called neutrinos , slivers of light that pass through the entire universe Notice that he doesn t cite anyone for this ridiculous idea That s because this is not something that scientists have discovered.Besides the generalizing and broad brush strokes, Rohr s tone is just downright condescending He is opposed to exclusion and putting up walls but he paints a picture of us vs them throughout the book There are those Christians who see things the way he does and then there are the Eurocentric, white, misogynist, warhawks who have completely missed the entire point of Christianity The entire book is saturated with this kind of condescension.Rohr is using a very particular definition that is not orthodox despite his claims that it is This new vision destroys any traditional notions of Christianity Christians no longer need to worry about trying to be righteous, sharing Jesus with others, discipleship, or the eschaton Even the definition of a Christian has changed This is my only definition of a true Christian A mature Christian sees Christ in everything and everyone else I know many people people whom I respect who are profoundly influenced by Rohr I don t see the draw He seems like a jolly fellow but his theology is garbage Please don t waste your time on this book flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 09, 2019 Tony rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves spiritual, christian It s Richard Rohr and for those who like that kind of thing, that is the kind f thing they like I like it, and think there is much to learn from it Probably need to read, re read, reflect, do Lectio Divina about it flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 09, 2019 Matt Letten rated it it was amazing First book read by Richard Rohr All I can say is wow.He describes my spiritual realizations and I feel a kindred spirit with him This book is not for Christians or religious folks only In fact, many religious people will be upset by this book, just like many atheist materialists will be However, if you are open to life and what it has to show us, this book is for you flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 03, 2019 Ryan Panzer rated it it was amazing Richard at his Rohriest Pure grace, on every page flag 2 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2019 Douglas Graves rated it it was amazing As soon as I finished reading the final page I wanted to flip back to the front and start again Not just because it was that good, although I did thoroughly enjoy reading it, but because there is so much there Somewhere near the beginning, Rohr encourages his readers to read slowly he s even marked with italics sentences and phrases that should be read a couple times over, meditated on and contemplated I wish I had done this intentionally, and I predict I will probably read this again wi As soon as I finished reading the final page I wanted to flip back to the front and start again Not just because it was that good, although I did thoroughly enjoy reading it, but because there is so much there Somewhere near the beginning, Rohr encourages his readers to read slowly he s even marked with italics sentences and phrases that should be read a couple times over, meditated on and contemplated I wish I had done this intentionally, and I predict I will probably read this again within a year and do just that I might advise setting a side a specific time of the day or the week to shut everything else out and just sit with this book.A couple of years ago when Fr Rohr first began writing The Universal Christ he hosted a webinar on the topic It was the first time I d heard this idea presented with such eloquence and clarity I had listened to podcasts discussing pantheism panentheism, mulling over the differences and similarities and where one might find hints of each in Scripture, so I was familiar enough with the idea of the incarnation of Christ indwelling all things But that night Fr Rohr made it out to be all so clear and obvious In the years following, leading up to the release of this book I ve listened and read a great deal about the Universal or Cosmic Christ Rohr s Center for Action and Contemplation actually released series of podcasts talking through the book I would highly recommend this is a reading companion to the book Truthfully, the book presents complex and unique ideas that are difficult to explain Rohr does as good a job as I would say can be done, but it certainly helps to be familiar with the language.But that is exactly what is so rewarding about this book It is a completely new way of seeing things Rohr is honest enough to call it an entirely different epistemology than most Western world views are used to or even capable of This type of growth takes than just reading a book In that sense, this book on its own is probably not enough to change anyone s mind although I would say that is not even Rohr s intentions However, if it seems as if the typical modern day religious experiences is missing something as it has for me over the last several years this book might help explain why that is and even what it is that s missing Incarnation, not just found in Jesus but in everything, even ourselves, especially ourselves the role of love suffering in our awareness and consciousness of our connectedness the importance of the community over the individual and the abundant grace that removes all need or demand for quid pro quo score keeping, the endless tit for tat demands of retributive justice, and the fear anxieties that come with living with a scarcity mindset.When I begin to wonder why I still call myself a Christian, this book will forever remind me why flag 3 likesLike see review Jul 01, 2019 KC rated it it was amazing Every so often, a book comes around that is sufficiently audacious, yet compellingly on point that it grabs my attention and leaves me thinking about it for days and weeks afterward This was such a book.Written by a Catholic priest, it presented an approach to contemplating God and Christ that I was not very familiar with most of my theological and exegetical reading has been from LDS, Calvinist, evangelical, and Methodist backgrounds, so this was a change of pace Surprisingly, the Catholic Every so often, a book comes around that is sufficiently audacious, yet compellingly on point that it grabs my attention and leaves me thinking about it for days and weeks afterward This was such a book.Written by a Catholic priest, it presented an approach to contemplating God and Christ that I was not very familiar with most of my theological and exegetical reading has been from LDS, Calvinist, evangelical, and Methodist backgrounds, so this was a change of pace Surprisingly, the Catholic notions that are often jarring to non Catholics transubstantiation, the divinization of Mary, etc proved to be interesting assets in the discussion.I don t even know where to start with reviewing the book But here are a few quotes God loves things by becoming them We love God by continuing the same pattern You may learn something intellectually through analysis, but in doing so, you might actually create a disconnect from your deeper inner experience Until you know what your own flow feels like, you do not even know that there is such a thing We are not just humans having a God experience The Eucharist tells us that, in some mysterious way, we are God having a human experience Paul expresses his full belief that there is a real transfer of human and spiritual identity from Christ to Creation, to the elements of bread and wine, and through them to human beings Unless religion leads us on a path to both depth and honesty, much religion is actually quite dangerous to the soul and to society In fact, fast food religion and the so called prosperity gospel are some of the very best ways to actually avoid God while talking about religion almost nonstop Remember, myth does not mean not true, which is the common misunderstanding it actually refers to things that are always true The emerging vision is really the one revealed in DC 88 He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things He comprehendeth all things, and all things are before him, and all things are round about him and he is above all things, and in all things, and is through all things, and is round about all things and all things are by him, and of him, even God, forever and ever.The author contends that this is not pantheism God is everything , but panentheism God is in everything There is so much to take in with that The Book of Mormon s articulation of this in terms of Taking up the name of Christ is particularly interesting, and requires a lot thought flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 23, 2019 Tamara rated it it was amazing Shelves best ever religious ish this took me almost three months to read because there s so much to soak up from each page and underline it was so healing to receive this message of a book my favorite chapter was The Feminine Incarnation, which i happened to read on Mother s Day soul healing on many levels flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 17, 2019 Erin Henry rated it it was amazing Shelves non fiction, christian What an amazing book His books just get better and better to me I didn t think he could top The Divine Dance but this one does I read it and listens to the podcast produced about the book So much wisdom and hope flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 21, 2019 Amy rated it really liked it review of another edition Loved it I enjoyed reading and listening along with the podcast, Another Name for Everything, in which two of Rohr s students interview him after reading through each chapter Rohr s insights into the transformation of the Christ offer a vast, compassionate Christianity Worth reading and reading slowly flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 07, 2019 Annagrace K rated it really liked it Shelves soul and spirituality Even though I left the Christian church years ago, and haven t identified with the religion for nearly as long, I continue to be grateful for Richard Rohr and his nuanced, curious, educated, and tender way of presenting the history and practices of his faith, and especially his vision of the beautiful and life giving possibilities which are still largely unexplored at the group or church level He is truly one of our modern saints flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 19, 2019 Debra Fetterly rated it it was amazing I not only purchased this book and read the physical copy, I immediately purchased the Audible release as well There is much to digest, and I appreciate different ways of hearing Many lifelong Christians, as I would identify, have felt an increased urgency to find a fulsome understanding of Christ, embracing the Trinity within a context that moves to embrace God s love for all, and questions punitive or transactional theological understanding Fr Richard leads with such gentleness and ki I not only purchased this book and read the physical copy, I immediately purchased the Audible release as well There is much to digest, and I appreciate different ways of hearing Many lifelong Christians, as I would identify, have felt an increased urgency to find a fulsome understanding of Christ, embracing the Trinity within a context that moves to embrace God s love for all, and questions punitive or transactional theological understanding Fr Richard leads with such gentleness and kindness, and when I hear his words I feel like I m in conversation with a good friend The complexities of deep spiritual questions are offered gently as profound food for thought I will be studying this book and soaking in fresh impressions and new ways of seeing my relationship to the Divine with deep appreciation for this study tool Thank you, Fr Richard Rohr flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 12, 2019 Jeremy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves heresy, library This Gospel actually sounds like good news, so it will turn some people off immediately And that s okay.Big Ideas Trust is closer to what we mean by faith trustworthy is like what we mean by faithful Jesus, the Christ, became the ultimate final last scapegoat so we could finally stop scapegoating ourselves and others once and for all He forgave even those who caused the ultimate kind of suffering and humiliation, so what business do we have judging others or harboring unforgiveness H This Gospel actually sounds like good news, so it will turn some people off immediately And that s okay.Big Ideas Trust is closer to what we mean by faith trustworthy is like what we mean by faithful Jesus, the Christ, became the ultimate final last scapegoat so we could finally stop scapegoating ourselves and others once and for all He forgave even those who caused the ultimate kind of suffering and humiliation, so what business do we have judging others or harboring unforgiveness He forgave even those who didn t believe in him who had unbelief so strong they crucified him As he cried out why have you forsaken me , so too will those who feel abandoned by God be resurrected 4 main worldviews Material there is only physical matter scarcity mentality Spiritual there is only spirit physical matter is an illusion reality is disembodied Priestly matter and spirit need to be united the domain of organized religion Incarnational matter and spirit are already united we can awaken to the fact that matter and spirit have never been separate Potent Quotables When the Western church separated from the East in the Great Schism of 1054, we gradually lost this profound understanding of how God has been liberating and loving all that is Instead, we gradually limited the Divine Presence to the single body of Jesus, when perhaps it is as ubiquitous as light itself and uncircumscribable by human boundaries.Remember, light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else This is why in John s Gospel, Jesus Christ makes the almost boastful statement I am the Light of the world John 8 12 Jesus Christ is the amalgam of matter and spirit put together in one place, so we ourselves can put it together.Numerous Scriptures make it very clear that this Christ has existed from the beginning John 1 1 18, Colossians 1 15 20, and Ephesians 1 3 14 being primary sources , so the Christ cannot be coterminous with Jesus But by attaching the word Christ to Jesus as if it were his last name, instead of a means by which God s presence has enchanted all matter throughout all of history, Christians got pretty sloppy in their thinking Our faith became a competitive theology with various parochial theories of salvation, instead of a universal cosmology inside of which all can live with an inherent dignity.God loves things by becoming them God did so in the creation of the universe and of Jesus, and continues to do so in the ongoing human Body of Christ.Unfortunately, the notion of faith that emerged in the West was much a rational assent to the truth of certain mental beliefs, rather than a calm and hopeful trust that God is inherent in all things, and that this whole thing is going somewhere good Predictably, we soon separated intellectual belief which tends to differentiate and limit from love and hope which unite and thus eternalize Jesus did ask us several times to follow him, and never once to worship him.The point of the Christian life is not to distinguish oneself from the ungodly, but to stand in radical solidarity with everyone and everything else.Without a Shared and Big Story, we all retreat into private individualism for a bit of sanity and safety.Any kind of authentic God experience will usually feel like love or suffering, or both.The proof that you are a Christian is that you can see Christ everywhere else.Dignity is not doled out to the worthy It grounds the inherent worthiness of things in their very nature and existence.We all know positive flow when we see it, and we all know resistance and coldness when we feel it All the rest are mere labels.Farmers, forestry workers, and Native peoples know that fire is a renewing force, even as it also can be destructive We in the West tend to see it as merely destructive which is probably why we did not understand the metaphors of hell.As St Augustine said, we must feed the body of Christ to the people of God until they know that they are what they eat And they are what they drink The Franciscans, led by John Duns Scotus 1266 1308 , refused to see the Incarnation, and its final denouement on the cross, as a mere reaction to sin Instead, they claimed that the cross was a freely chosen revelation of Total Love on God s part In so doing, they reversed the engines of almost all world religion up to that point, which assumed we had to spill blood to get to a distant and demanding God On the cross, the Franciscan school believed, God was spilling blood to reach out to us This is a sea change in consciousness The cross, instead of being a transaction, was seen as a dramatic demonstration of God s outpouring love, meant to utterly shock the heart and turn it back toward trust and love of the Creator.Love cannot be bought by some necessary sacrifice if it could, it would not and could not work its transformative effects Try loving your spouse or children that way, and see where it gets you If forgiveness needs to be bought or paid for, then it is not authentic forgiveness at all, which must be a free letting go.Jesus demonstrated that Reality is not meaningless and absurd, even if it isn t always perfectly logical or consistent Reality, we know, is always filled with contradictions.The image of the scapegoat powerfully mirrors and reveals the universal, but largely unconscious, human need to transfer our guilt onto something or someone else by singling that other out for unmerited negative treatment.He did not come to change God s mind about us It did not need changing Jesus came to change our minds about God and about ourselves and about where goodness and evil really lie.The cross, then, is a very dramatic image of what it takes to be usable for God It does not mean you are going to heaven and others are not rather, it means you have entered into heaven much earlier and thus can see things in a transcendent, whole, and healing way now.If we do not recognize that we ourselves are the problem, we will continue to make God the scapegoat which is exactly what we did by the killing of the God Man on the cross The crucifixion of Jesus whom we see as the Son of God was a devastating prophecy that humans would sooner kill God than change themselves.Jesus became the victim so we could stop victimizing others or playing the victim ourselves.You alone, Christ Jesus, refuse to be a crucifier, even at the cost of being crucified.The only way out of deep sadness is to go with it and through it.If creation is very good Genesis 1 34 at its very inception, how could such a divine agenda ever be undone by any human failure to fully cooperate Very good sets us on a trajectory toward resurrection.In the undisputed seven original letters of Paul, he does not speak of personal forgiveness as much as of God s blanket forgiveness of all sin and evil Sin, salvation, and forgiveness are always corporate, social, and historical concepts for the Jewish prophets and for Paul When you recognize this, it changes your entire reading of the Gospels.Paul intended that his new people live in the church, as it were and from that solid base go out to the world We still have it all backward, living fully in the worldly systems and occasionally going to church.Remember, it is not the brand name that matters It is that God s heart be made available and active on this earth.I do encounter Christians who are living their values almost every day, and and are just doing it orthopraxy , without all the hype about how right they are orthodoxy Training instead of teaching, as today s coaches often put it.The binary mind, so good for rational thinking, finds itself totally out of its league in dealing with things like love, death, suffering, infinity, God, sexuality, or mystery in general It just keeps limiting reality to two alternatives and thinks it is smart because it chooses one The binary mind provides quick security and false comfort, but never wisdom It thinks it is smart because it counters your idea with an opposing idea There is usually not much room for a reconciling third What many have begun to see is that you need to have a nondualistic, non angry, and nonargumentative mind to process the really big issues with any depth or honesty, and most of us have not been effectively taught how to do that in practice We were largely taught what to believe instead of how to believe.It seems to take a minimum of a year to get back to normal after the loss of anyone you were deeply bonded to, and many times you never get back to normal You are reconfigured forever Often this is the first birth of compassion, patience, and even love, as the heart is softened and tenderized through sadness, depression, and grief These are privileged portals into depth and truth.I am convinced that in many ways Buddhism and Christianity shadow each other They reveal each other s blind spots In general, Western Christians have not done contemplation very well, and Buddhism has not done action very well.We became a formal and efficient religion that felt that its job was to tell people what to see instead of how to see It sort of worked for a while, but it no longer does.Experience, Scripture, and Tradition must be allowed to regulate and balance one another Up to now, Catholics and Orthodox have used Tradition in both good and bad ways, Protestants used Scripture in both good and bad ways, and neither of us handled experience very well at all.Mostly, we must remember that Christianity in its maturity is supremely love centered, not information or knowledge centered,Ken Wilber s distinction between climbing religions and descending religions is helpful here He and I both trust the descending form of religion much , and I think Jesus did too Here the primary language is unlearning, letting go, surrendering, serving others, and not the language of self development which often lurks behind our popular notions of salvation All of us travelers, each in our own way, have to eventually learn about letting go of something smaller so something bigger can happen But that s not a religion it s highly visible truth It is the Way Reality Works The way things work and Christ are one and the same This is not a religion to be either fervently joined or angrily rejected It is a train ride already in motion The tracks are visible everywhere You can be a willing and happy traveler, or not.Telling is not training.Practice is looking out from yourself analysis is looking back at yourself as if you were an object You may learn something intellectually through analysis, but in doing so, you might actually create a disconnect from your deeper inner experience Until you know what your own flow feels like, you do not even know that there is such a thing.You do not have to see the sun to know that it is still shining.If my underlying thesis in this book is true and Christ is a word for the Big Story Line of history, then the incarnational worldview held maturely is precisely the Good News You do not need to name this universal manifestation Christ, however, to fully live inside of it and enjoy its immense fruits flag Like see review May 06, 2019 David rated it really liked it Shelves christian spirituality advanced Richard Rohr s writings have been a blessing to my soul in the last few years Reading Rohr helps me imagine a beautiful, bigger and loving God than I had ever thought possible In this book Rohr focuses on Jesus Christ But slow down if you think Christ is merely Jesus last name Rohr emphasizes that Jesus is the name of the Jew from Nazareth while Christ points to the divinity within.It is easy to see how Rohr s writing is a bit controversial Some might even call it heretical Richard Rohr s writings have been a blessing to my soul in the last few years Reading Rohr helps me imagine a beautiful, bigger and loving God than I had ever thought possible In this book Rohr focuses on Jesus Christ But slow down if you think Christ is merely Jesus last name Rohr emphasizes that Jesus is the name of the Jew from Nazareth while Christ points to the divinity within.It is easy to see how Rohr s writing is a bit controversial Some might even call it heretical I may have used that term 10 years ago Even today, I wonder if Rohr has not too sharply divided the human Jesus from the divine Christ, as if there are two separate persons and Jesus was possessed or something Is this sort of Gnostic, the idea that some being came upon the human Jesus Rohr would argue that what he says lines up with ancient orthodoxy of Athanasius, Augustine and the Eastern Fathers I for one, as uncomfortable as I am with the way he speaks of Jesus and Christ also know that the term heretic is thrown around too quickly nowadays The most charitable reading of Rohr is that in Jesus Christ we see humanity and divinity united Thus, as divinity filled Jesus, so divinity fills all of creation The Incarnation demonstrates that God has gone into the darkest places on Holy Saturday, in Jesus, God descended into hell Through Jesus heaven comes to earth and now we can see divinity or, Christ everywhere The thing is, Rohr is not writing theology He s not interested in answering our theological questions He s much concerned with spiritual practice and experience His goal seems to be to take an Orthodox Eastern Orthodox, specifically understanding of Incarnation and apply it to our daily life I suspect some of his critics who see heresy may want to spend some time reading the Eastern fathers, or even a theologian like David Bentley Hart I now I prefer Hart simply because he ends up in a similar place as Rohr but gets there with a much deeper argument Rohr at times seems a bit sloppy, even cutting corners At times he mentions things like, science is supporting some finding that connects to the spiritual ideas he is presenting He may be correct, but it d be nice to have a footnote or reference Science can be brought forth to support any crackpot idea see the anti vaccination movement which led to a measles outbreak So Rohr should do better than just mentioning science s support and give us a reference In the same way, Rohr may not be writing as a Biblical theologian, but he should spend time noting what Christ meant in Scripture Both NT Wright and Scot McKnight The King Jesus Gospel have written books showing that Christ is not Jesus last name as Rohr is attempting to do but their argument focuses on what Christ actually meant As historians and Bible scholars, they tackle it from a historical perspective Christ King Messiah Anointed One Rohr goes for the spiritual sound Christ Cosmic Divinity Universal Deity There s nothing necessarily wrong with Rohr s approach There was a time in my life I would have hated it, thinking the only valid writing was the sort of Wright McKnight do But at some point, we need to bring such historical ideas into present reality McKnight Wright appeal to my head, and while they do inspire me, they do not leave me with the inspiration Rohr does Rohr makes me want to go out and be a better human Rohr leaves me with a picture of God I want to share with people who are hurt Another way to put it is that Wright McKnight leave me with a historical argument to debate with people over, Rohr leaves me with a loving God to share with people.Much of what I have said so far sounds negative That is because I am conscious of how Rohr can be seen as heretical by some I mean, by the end of the book he is essentially comparing Christ with Buddha and sounding like being a Christian is little different then being a Buddhist he is nuanced than that, by the way I suspect that lots of my friends would be very suspicious of Rohr in all of this YetI really love this book.Maybe I just want to say, this book is not for everybody The me of 10 years ago would have hated it The me of today does not blindly love all of it, but I appreciate it I still think there are better, solid ways, to get to where Rohr ends up But overall, if you want your heart moved with a picture of who God is in Jesus Christ, check this book out Let me put it most bluntly If you are a traditional evangelical, really into apologetics and defending your faith, and mostly enjoy thinking through theology, then you will probably not like this book But if you are someone who is still rooted in the orthodox tradition of God as Trinity and you like thinking through theology but also praying it, sitting in silence, meditating and desire to see beauty as much as truth, then this one is for you I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for purposes of review flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 22, 2019 Ryan M rated it it was amazing I don t think Rohr intended this as a sequel to his excellent The Divine Dance, but it certainly serves as a beautiful follow up I love his ability to take Teilhard, Jung, Bonaventure, Maximus the Confessor, etc and make them all accessible and immediately applicable Rohr shows us all what Christianity could be, despite what it has been for much of the last 2000 years, and all of us who still claim that religion as our home turf owe him a debt of gratitude This book is an instant spiritual I don t think Rohr intended this as a sequel to his excellent The Divine Dance, but it certainly serves as a beautiful follow up I love his ability to take Teilhard, Jung, Bonaventure, Maximus the Confessor, etc and make them all accessible and immediately applicable Rohr shows us all what Christianity could be, despite what it has been for much of the last 2000 years, and all of us who still claim that religion as our home turf owe him a debt of gratitude This book is an instant spiritual classic and deserves to be widely read and applied flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 28, 2019 Silas Bergen rated it it was amazing Rohr s magnum opus Only 274 pages, but each one took a day to read and marinate in I will come back to this one again and again This book is a signpost of a crucial juncture in my spiritual journey flag 1 likeLike see review May 02, 2019 Bob Wilson rated it really liked it If your mind is made up one way or the other about God then this is probably OT for you Rohr will educate, enlighten, and challenge you, whatever you think At times, he gets a little out there but stick with it If you re like me you may need to reread parts but it s well worth it flag 1 likeLike see review May 26, 2019 Peter Perry rated it it was amazing I found this book to be a transformational summary of the Christian faith as I have come to understand it With approachable language and gentleness, Rohr helps deconstruct our first naivete and rebuild an expansive, inclusive, and universal faith, centered in a Christ bigger than the one we once knew flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 20, 2019 Rebecca rated it it was amazing Shelves in my library Rohr continues to share his wisdom of life and reality in way that is both moving and accessible to the average reader He communicates the radical inclusivity and the enormous implications of a truly universal Christ without downing readers in heady theology This book was life giving and full of joy and challenges Would recommend to anyone flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 25, 2019 Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves theology, spirituality I picked this as a Lenten read Whew and wow A game changer for me but still processing I m relatively new to Rohr s contemplative and mystical theology having only read his two most recent books Immortal Diamond and now The Universal Christ I love his expansive theology of a cosmic God and Christ universal in time, space, and physicality I was particularly intrigued by his question rhetorical of why we as humans think the universe was designed just for us as if God was not workin I picked this as a Lenten read Whew and wow A game changer for me but still processing I m relatively new to Rohr s contemplative and mystical theology having only read his two most recent books Immortal Diamond and now The Universal Christ I love his expansive theology of a cosmic God and Christ universal in time, space, and physicality I was particularly intrigued by his question rhetorical of why we as humans think the universe was designed just for us as if God was not working in the universe for the billions of years that preceded human existence He had me at the book s dedication to his deceased black lab Venus, who he says was also Christ for me I m learning and appreciating the difference between pantheism and panentheism and love the Franciscan s appreciation for the goodness of creation God loves things by becoming them Also enjoying the companion podcast series Another Name for Everything which was the original title for the book Highly recommend flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Nonfiction 26 users Spirituality 26 users Religion Theology 25 users Religion 22 users Religion Faith 15 users Christian 14 users Religion Christianity 14 users See top shelves About Richard Rohr Richard Rohr 947 followers Fr Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation CAC in Albuquerque, New Mexico Fr Richard s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplat Fr Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation CAC in Albuquerque, New Mexico Fr Richard s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.Fr Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, Eager to Love, and The Divine Dance The Trinity and Your Transformation with Mike Morrell .Fr Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation Drawing upon Christianity s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings Visit cac for information Books by Richard Rohr More Trivia About The Universal Chr No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Universal Chr What Love Tells Us About God Love, which might be called the attraction of all things toward all things, is a universal language and underlying energy that keeps showing itself despite our best efforts to resist it It is so simple that it is hard to teach in words, yet we all know it when we see it After all, there is not a Native, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, or Christian way of loving There is not a Methodist, Lutheran, or Orthodox way of running a soup kitchen There is not a gay or straight way of being faithful, nor a Black or Caucasian way of hoping We all know positive flow when we see it, and we all know resistance and coldness when we feel it All the rest are mere labels 3 likes Creation exists first of all for its own good sake second to show forth God s goodness, diversity, and beneficence and then for humans appropriate use Our small, scarcity based worldview is the real aberration here, and I believe it has largely contributed to the rise of atheism and the practical atheism that is the actual operative religion of most Western countries today The God we ve been presenting people with is just too small and too stingy for a big hearted person to trust or to love back 3 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 741, 258, 65, 16, 7 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    Fr Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation CAC in Albuquerque, New Mexico Fr Richard s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplat Fr Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation CAC in Albuquerque, New Mexico Fr Richard s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.Fr Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, Eager to Love, and The Divine Dance The Trinity and Your Transformation with Mike Morrell .Fr Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation Drawing upon Christianity s place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings Visit cac for information

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  • I picked this up for my Easter read I did not know what to expect This book has an extremely high rating thus far and I imagine that it has been helpful and enlightening to those readers I have decided to not rate this particular book as I do not want to dissuade anybody from reading it I do, however, want to briefly share my experience of Father Rohr s book Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has started a school of Christian Contemplation with some colleagues in New Mexico The curric I pick [...]


  • Richard Rohr is one of the best known writers on spirituality A Franciscan, he understands that there is a long tradition of spiritual writings to draw from At the same time, he is open to other spiritual traditions, especially Buddhism I have read a number of books and found many of them helpful, and even practical in orientation The Universal Christ is, I believe, a followup to his previous book on the Trinity The Divine Dance The Trinity and Your Transformation In this book he focuse Richard [...]


  • This is so clearly the book Richard Rohr has been working to through every other book In a way, it may be best to read this one first, then go back and treat other books as specific elaborations, having The Universal Christ as the context and foundation of them all I loved this book I feel relieved to have read it I recommend it to anyone and everyone, even the nonreligious If you take it at its word, it s clear it will produce great change Big fan.


  • I started this book with high hopes The title was very engaging The introduction was wonderful The first chapter concerned me The second chapter was heretical in my opinion Fr Rohr has excellent theological training I was shocked Christ is the tile of Jesus as the promised Messiah not a loosely understood concept.No one but the only son of the Father is the incarnation of God Seeing the mark of the Creator in all people and creation is beautiful Saying all people are an incarnation of I started [...]


  • One of the most striking characteristics of our contemporary moral discourse is our seeming inability to grasp the proper relationship between particulars and universals, or between individuals and groups A black, gay actor says he was brutally assaulted by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs, and all white men are blanketed with culpability under the original sin of whiteness The two white men turn out to be Nigerian bodybuilders who helped the alleged victim stage the who One [...]


  • Never has a book so thoroughly reframed the concept of faith and God in my life as The Universal Christ did In elegance and sheer simplicity Richard Rohr encapsulated everything I have been reconstructing in my own life, and offered a hope that there is a better way, a universal application of understanding and love in a Divine Reality that transcends how our modern society has described God This book offers an ancient and better way of understanding God, and will undoubtedly be with me for Neve [...]


  • Richard Rohr is my favorite priest writer His compassion shines forth from every page of his every book This book is no exception.Rohr presents Christ as an one expression of the face of God, while honoring other faiths and their worship of what he perceives as other expressions of God His God is all inclusive and all loving The greatest gift is God s love for us, which most of us have difficulty believing in and trusting.Rohr s vision of Christ Jesus post Easter is traditional than t Richard R [...]


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