/ 25 June 2009

That’s my immediate response to this: “a magna carta for restoring the supremacy of Jesus Christ a.k.a. a Jesus manifesto for the 21st century.” I usually expect better from Leonard Sweet. Hasn’t he thought about what the magna carta meant? Or what has been perpetrated throughout the centuries on behalf of “the supremacy of Jesus Christ”? There’s actually bits and pieces of things scattered through this “manifesto” that I might agree with, but titling it in this provocative and dangerous way makes me not want to read any further than the first line. Surely decades of work by liberation theologians, feminist theologians, theologians who focus on practice, etc. etc. is worth pondering? As I’ve noted before (and preached on), John 14:6 can be a powerful text, but we ought not approach it — or any of the related texts — with naivete or ignorance.