The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales

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Pete Rollins is inspired by the fact that all language fails when it comes to describing God. This, he says, is what nourishes poets and pilgrims alike as they try to capture, enact and incarnate truth. Such truth can only be lived - it cannot be reduced to mere words. From this starting point, he revisits the parables of Jesus - odd and unexpected stories that set hearers and readers spinning off course from what is safe and familiar towards some completely new kind of understanding. Parables are subversive; they never attempt to make faith simplistic. A parable does not primarily provide information about our world. Rather, if we allow it to do its work within us, it will change our world-breaking it - and us - open to wholly new possibilities. In the spirit of Jesus' parables, Peter offers some transformative stories of his own.

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"Rollins has already established himself as a major voice and an astute, generative force within the emergence Christianity. The Orthodox Heretic is his most accessible and engaging work to date."--Phyllis Tickle

"Pete Rollins writes with clarity and compelling conviction."--Frank Schaeffer

"I remember driving around Belfast with Pete, sitting in the front seat listening to him tell these parables that he'd written--thinking, 'Everybody needs to hear these.' And now you can." --Rob Bell, author of Jesus Wants to Save Christians



As Peter Rollins, a barroom philosopher from Northern Ireland with a Ph.D. in postmodern theory, re-imagines the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus and His disciples collect food from the crowd, bless it and eat like kings in front of the starving multitudes. In another "impossible tale," a man dragged before a court on charges of being a Christian is enraged when there is not enough evidence to convict him. Difficult, challenging and transformative, these 33 subversive parables get under your skin and become impossible to ignore, until they start to change not just the mind but the heart.--Relevant Magazine, September 2009

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Pete Rollins is the founder and co-ordinator of IKON, an emergent church community in Belfast, www.ikon.org.ouk He is the author of How (Not ) to Speak of God and a contributor to Evaluating Fresh Expressions.

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