Conflict & Compassion
Many people who believe in Jesus have lost sight of who he is – hardly surprising considering the complex mesh of ideas about Jesus circulating in popular culture, religion and spirituality. Anyone searching for truth will have to sift through mystical ideas about a ‘new age’ Jesus in which he is portrayed as something akin to an Eastern ‘guru’. Then they will be confronted by the writings of sceptical academics who strip away the ‘myths’ from the man to talk about Jesus as a wandering rabbi, purely human, to whom legendary tales of miracles and resurrection were added. From devout religious institutions, they will hear Jesus being talked about with incomprehensible words delivered in reverential tones that somehow mask the beauty of his grace and personality. They will encounter ideas rooted in the Gnostic Gospels, with interest in these documents continuing to rise. It is little wonder that people have become confused about who Jesus is.
David Gibson has written Conflict and Compassion: Rediscovering Jesus to help readers relocate truth by examining the gospel records to rediscover who Jesus is, why he generated so much excitement yet provoked so much hostility, what he actually said and did. What is revealed is a man whose personality is surprising, unsettling, confrontational, edgy, wild and unconstrained.