Inclusive Christianity

Inclusive Christianity: A Progressive Look at Faith

This excellent book deserves a broad reading!  Unless we bring R. Scott Thornton's kind of faith-filled intelligent response to our Scriptures and practice, I see little ability for Christianity to heal, transform, or unite our world.  With this kind of wisdom, which is merely Jesus' wisdom, we can do just that!                                               Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, NM


Jesus was inclusive, forgiving, and compassionate. It is unfortunate that many within the Christian community have distorted Jesus' message, leading to a version of faith that is divisive, judgmental, and intolerant. Parameters are set that define people as worthy or unworthy, “saved” or “unsaved”. In bringing God's radical grace and love into the world, Jesus rebelled against any religious or social conventions that placed people into acceptable and unacceptable categories. Inclusive Christianity reclaims the authentic voice of Jesus, unclouded by the prejudices placed upon him by others. Join R. Scott Thornton in this compelling and progressive look at faith. Embrace a life modeled and taught by Jesus, a path that will transform you into the person God intended.

What a perfect gift for a new Christian. We used to call such books “primers” – they were handbooks for a journey about to be undertaken, first groundings in a new area of experience, a self-help manual to take on a pilgrimage through life. Scott Thornton’s book is so practical and humane. He touches on the grandest and noblest themes of Christian faith without ever losing the common touch. He is a Doctor and, when I’d put his book down, I (a long-in the-tooth Christian) felt that he knew me inside out. I wish he were my physician as well as my theological companion!                                                                                                                              Reverend Leslie Griffiths, Wesley's Chapel, London England

Part I The Realm of God                                                                                                                  God: Why Bother?
Why Christianity?
The Providence of God in Our Daily Life                                                                                                     
If there is a loving God, why is there so much suffering in the world?                                                        The Christian Perspective on Other Faiths
Heaven and Hell

Part II The Nature of God and Its Implications for Us
Grace and Forgiveness
Healing and Hope

Part III The Word of God
What Is the Bible and Why Should We Read It?                                                                                            Reading the Bible for Maximum Impact
The Bible: Literal or Not?
Hearing the Voice of God

Part IV The Personal Faith Journey with God
Worship and the Church Community
Christian Fellowship
Generous Living

Part V The Nation and Our World under God
How Much of the World's Troubles Can Be Blamed on Religion
Religion and Politics
War and Peace
Capital Punishment
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
The Environment