Was Jesus of Nazareth an irreligious agitator? Was his message more radical than we’ve been led to believe? Has the Christian religion missed the point? Bruxy Cavey thinks so.
In The End of Religion, Cavey contends that the Jesus described in the Bible never intended to found a new religion: instead he hoped to break down the very idea of religion as a way to God. With a fresh perspective on biblical stories, Cavey paints a picture of the world God originally intended and still desires: a world without religion.
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I love Bruxy Cavey’s book because I think he tells the truth about religion. I’ve gotten to know Bruxy, and I know something about the nonreligious faith community he leads. I think his is a voice that deserves the widest possible exposure. . . . a religious book in the best sense of the word about the end of religion.
—Brian McLaren, author, speaker, and activist
Bruxy Cavey is a fresh voice calling people out of the twenty-first-century wilderness of television spirituality, private Christianity, and doctrinal orthodoxy devoid of social justice. In The End of Religion, he spurs a whole new generation toward a subversive, radical idea: pursue the authentic Jesus of Nazareth.
—Jim Wallis, CEO, Sojourners
It’s hard to find a Christian book that can reach across religious divides, but this one does it. By understanding that the ‘message’ is more important than the ‘label,’ and by studying the personal examples and metaphors provided in this book, Christians could learn a lot from Bruxy Cavey. Cavey understands many of the problems that nonreligious people have with Christianity and religion as a whole, and his openness about them is refreshing. The dialogue he advocates is one in which Christians must participate if they want to effectively teach others about the ideas of Jesus.
—Hemant Mehta, chair, Foundation Beyond Belief
Jesus proclaimed an upside-down kingdom, and people often don’t get it. They fail to see him as the bearer of God’s new order and do not relish what this entails if they believe. The ‘wise’ dismiss it out of hand. The proud do not wish to climb down and repent. Because Jesus’ message was paradoxical, people often get it wrong. They need a book like this to renew their commitment.
—Clark Pinnock, emeritus professor, McMaster Divinity College
Finally, someone who does a brilliant job at pulling back the curtain of the spoon-fed, cookie-cutter, navel-gazing nonsense we see within Christendom as well as ourselves. If something inside of you just knows that there’s something more than what religion has been selling us, you’re right!
—Drew Marshall, host, The Drew Marshall Show
Bruxy Cavey and I agree that religion is a terrible category in which to place the Christian faith. In these masterfully reasoned pages, however, Cavey argues that Jesus himself was so opposed to the rules, regulations, rituals, and routines of organized religion in his day that his followers would do well to emulate his attitude and instead follow his wonderful ‘subversive spirituality’ of faith active in love rather than wooden obedience to the dictates of organized religion. Cavey is not advising us to flee the organized church; he’s advising us to ward off any claims that it provides the exclusive way to God. This is excellent, cautionary reading for any thirsty readers who might mistake the cup (the church) for the life-giving water it contains (Jesus’ true teachings).
—Paul L. Maier, Emeritus Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University
Bruxy Cavey is a dynamic and creative thinker. He understands the ways in which the radical and liberating message of Jesus addresses the matrix of postmodern society and the deepest needs of its citizens. The End of Religion captures Bruxy’s deep sense of what is going in culture and how the life and teaching of Jesus relates to life on planet Earth.
—James Beverley, professor of Christian thought and ethics, Tyndale University College and Seminary