For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait ofJesusas a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church's conception of Jesus as Christ.
The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanismwhile illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths.
Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination.
"Townsend uses Jesus to initiate dialogue, and he does so in way that is accepting and inclusive of many understandings and interpretations of Jesus, his purpose, and his relevance (or irrelevance) in the religious practices of contemporary Pagans."Huffington Post
"This work admirably promotes understanding between belief systems that have a sometimes uneasy relationship."Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
A former clergyman in the Church of England, Reverend Mark Townsend now leads his own inclusive and ecumenical ministry that nourishes a strong appreciation for the diversity of faith beyond Christianity, and which strives to honor the divine in all people, regardless of their faith, culture, sexuality or background.
A priest of the Open Episcopal Church and member of the Progressive Christian Alliance, in addition to being a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the author has been featured on the BBC and several other news programs throughout Britain. He is the author of The Gospel of Falling Down , and Jesus Outside the Box (O Books). He lives in Hereford, England.
Find out more at: http://www.marktownsendministry.co.uk.
Table of Contents
Preface – by Barbara Erskine
Foreword – Welcoming this Book, by Matthew Fox
Introduction - ‘Divine’ Babies and ‘Dirty’ Bath Water
Part One – The Naked Nazarene!
Chapter 1) The Tri-part Jesus
Chapter 2) Will the real Mr. Jesus please stand up!
Chapter 3) The Naked Jesus
Chapter 4) I am not the way (and other ‘alternative to the church’ Jesus wisdom)
Chapter 5) Jesus and the Tarot Twelve card.
Chapter 6) Reclaiming Jesus Christ
Chapter 7) The Cosmic Christ
Part Two – Jesus Through Pagan Eyes - A selection of stories and essays by Respected Pagan Elders
Chapter 8) Jesus: a view from the earth, by Emma Restall Orr
Chapter 9) A Witch’s Tale of Christmas, by Reni at ‘Spells and Witchcraft.’
Chapter 10) A Confession, by Adele Nozedar
Chapter 11) The gift of Jesus to Pagans and Christians, by Joyce Higginbotham
Chapter 12) Jesus Through the Eyes of a Witch, by Christopher Penczak
Chapter 13) The Lily Cross and the Green Man, by Maria Ede-Weaving
Chapter 14) A Goddess Advocate Talks about Jesus, by Karen Tate
Chapter 15) The Shamanic Christ, by James Carrington
Chapter 16) Encountering the Galilean, by Stephen Critchley
Chapter 17) The God from the House of Bread, by John Michael Greer
Chapter 18) Jesus, Horse of God, by Diana L. Paxson
Chapter 19) I Have No Temple, A Consideration of Jesus as a Pagan Teacher of Gnosis,
by Marcus Katz
Chapter 20) The Fertile Christ, by Philip Carr-Gomm
Chapter 21) Jesus and the Devil’s Picture Book, by Sarah Kral
Chapter 22) Soul Friends - A Wiccan / Jesus based Spirituality, by Erin Dragonsong
Part Three – Thirteen Interviews with Respected Pagan Elders
Chapter 23 - Maxine Sanders
Chapter 24 - Selena Fox
Chapter 25 - Raven Digitalis
Chapter 26 - Sorita D’Este
Chapter 27 - Caitlín Matthews
Chapter 28 - Janet Farrar
Chapter 29 - Gavin Bone
Chapter 30 - Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
Chapter 31 - Cassandra Eason
Chapter 32 - Raven Grimassi
Chapter 33 - Scott Blunt
Chapter 34 - Kerr Cuhulain
Chapter 35 – Gill Edwards
Epilogue – A Druid Magician and the Son of God, by Rob Chapman
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mark Townsend’s new book, “Jesus Through Pagan Eyes” begins with a bit of a departure for this master storyteller. In Part One, Mark undertakes to introduce the reader to a Jesus seldom found in the institutional church; one bereft of the theological baggage heaped upon him by centuries of churchianity. Mark skillfully and convincingly weaves oft-forgotten wisdom from early church leaders with modern Historical Jesus scholarship and concepts from the Pagan and Druidic traditions into a beautiful tapestry of both the person of Jesus and the Christ- consciousness that he exhibited. This is a Jesus simultaneously stripped down to a beautiful soul-friend and elevated to an incarnation of love and grace that we can all aspire to emulate. Freed from the ideological shackles of the tradition-laden church is found a Jesus that we should all find. In Parts Two and Three Mark gives way to respected Pagan leaders and invites them to share their own insights and feelings about Jesus in the form of essays and interviews. Whereas Part One was a scholarly, yet accessible examination of theological or Christological concepts interspersed with personal reflections; parts two and three are deeply personal and compelling portraits of a Jesus seldom found inside the institutional church. While some of these reflections will be seen as controversial, as will the whole book; the beauty found herein is undeniable. This is a truly remarkable work, as it combines both the cerebral approach and the emotional. As a lifelong Christian and a pastor to boot; I found much wisdom and beauty in this book; and was introduced to aspects of Jesus that had never been exposed to, but found myself asking “Why did I never see this before”? Revd. Roger McClellan, Co-Founder and Moderator of The Progressive Christian Alliance