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What if the problem is not out there, but in our own hearts?

A Feature Review of

Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love
William Willimon

Paperback: Abingdon Press, 2016
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Reviewed by James Honig


The long months of the presidential campaign have given people of faith plenty of self-righteous high horses from which to rail at those who would stir up the juices of our all too common human fear of the other.

Reminds me of that delicious story in Luke’s gospel of a Pharisee named Simon who throws a dinner party and invites Jesus (Luke 7). When a woman with a reputation crashes the party, Simon takes the occasion for some self-righteous harrumphing about Jesus’ rusty skills as a prophet. Jesus doesn’t even know who it is who is wetting his’ feet with her tears and wiping them dry with her hair, Simon says to himself. In a brief and masterfully told parable, Jesus turns the tables on that highly religious man, exposing Simon’s self-righteousness and need for forgiveness.

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The Most Important Word Christians Have for the World

Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth
William Willimon

Paperback: Abingdon Press, 2013
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Reviewed by Shaun C. Brown


In William Willimon’s latest book, Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth, Willimon presents the first volume in a series of books for popular audiences called Belief Matters. Willimon says, “In the Belief Matters series we will joyfully explore the riches of the faith, the adventure of Christian believing, the gift of Christian theology. We are going to dare to think like Christians” (ix). While Incarnation and the following volumes are addressed to popular audiences, Willimon insists that these volumes will not seek “to be lost in dumbing down Jesus” (ix), for Jesus spoke a challenging word to people. Willimon seeks in Incarnation to discus the mystery of Jesus Christ, the God who became fully human, or as he says, “In Christ, heaven and earth meet; God gets physical” (xi). Willimon calls Jesus’ salvific work in the Incarnation “the most important word Christians have to say to the world” (92).

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