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The Christian Jesus “deserves a demotion, to be taken down from the altar of divinity and regarded as human,” says Rev. David Galston, ecumenical chaplain for the Anglican, Presbyterian, United and Unitarian churches at the Brock University Faith and Life Centre.
In his new book, Embracing the Human Jesus-A Wisdom Path for Contemporary Christianity, Galston argues that for Christians to be true followers it is “sadly almost necessary to leave the institution of Christianity and rediscover the relevant human Jesus and his wisdom.”
He suggests that it is time for Christianity to move away from the version of Jesus as the divine, apocalyptic prophet who will clean up the world in the end times as the Son of Man and move towards a Jesus who was human like the rest of us, with wisdom and insight to share.
The soft-cover book, published by Polebridge Press, “focuses on the humanity of Jesus out of respect for him,” says Galston. “I can’t imagine that Jesus would be happy with the way he’s regarded today. Jesus has been hijacked by extremists. In general, all religions have been hijacked by extremists.”