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The Gospel According to Relativity [Paperback]

By James W. Geiger (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 24, 2005
Publisher   Xulon Press
ISBN  1597811912  
EAN  9781597811910  

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Many people have traded the wisdom of the ages for the uncertainty of postmodernism. This book ventures in to uncharted territory with a revolutionary "model of understanding" that bridges the gap between traditional view and modern/postmodern skepticism. The model has three components: A moving frame of reference acknowledges the chaos of the present age, a nondiscriminatory duality that is both neutral and inclusive (male/female, black/white, etc.) provides linguistic order for public discourse, and constant value is superimposed on all creation much the way the constant speed of light in E=mc2 is superimposed on the theory of relativity. Part 1 applies the model to Christianity and Part 2 replicates the same model for secularism and other world religions. The result is an innovative approach that discredits the inflexible absolutism of the past and the uncommitted relativism of the present, and reaffirms the existence of a general theory of value.

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The Gospel According to Relativity uses the constant speed of light as a model for constant value in order to bridge the gap between traditional absolutism and today's uncommitted relativism.

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Some very important points are made here  Nov 5, 2007
The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament of the Holy Bible, are meant to bring good news to the world through the revelation that Jesus is God's son who died for the sins of the world and resurrected in three days.

The Gospel According to Relativity is a book that shows that the Gospels can relate to many different worldviews and modern ways of thinking, for instance, the theory of relativity. In this review I would like to chronicle what I believe are Geiger's best insights.

1.) Relativity is a scientific theory in the field of physics. It does not establish that moral, social, or religious truths are "relative" to the eye of the beholder. The introduction to the book, a nightmare of Albert Einstein's, rightly demonstrates that the relatvity of physics should not be extrapolated to other academic disciplines.

2.) Geiger does an excellent job in relating important tasks and understandings to the Christian apologist today, including:
A.) the constant value of Jesus Christ and the Gospels despite living in a pluarlistic world.
B.) Geiger demonstrates points of view and philosphical presuppositions which are nonuniform, or even contradictory to Christianity as it is generally understood
C.) Geiger reminds us with the concept of uniformity and nonuniformity that Christianity is one among many religions and that it can coexist with other faiths without relativizing its truth claims.
D.) Using the idea of uniformity and nonuniformity Geiger shows the difficulties in too much religious or political syncretism, and in addition sharply and deftly shows the difference between relativism and pluralism.

3.) In a day and age where Jesus himself, not merely his followers, are often viewed more negatively, Geiger reminds the culture of the relevance of Jesus to even those outside of faith through various levels of meaning. If nothing else, for instance, people can identify with some of the idealism that Jesus taught, such as love and humility.

4.) This is less an insight than a method, but Geiger draws upon several different academic disciplines, from theatre to science, to demonstrate the validity and value of the Gospel message. His interdisicplinary style makes for more interesting reading.

This is a book you may be so interested in, that you finish it in one to two readings and find yourself reading it again. I highly recommend it.
timely, needed, and extraordinary  Aug 31, 2007
Every rare once in a while a book comes to my attention that is extraordinary. The Gospel According to Relativity is one of these. In it James Geiger finds the response to what is post-postmodernity. By doing this he provides a perfect paradigm for the developing intellectual and spiritual climate.

Even more extraordinary is that he does this while being an entirely engaging and conversational writer.

His premise is, basically, that while science has advanced the accompanying philosophical traditions, which have longed followed the path of scientific thinking, have not advanced. This leaves us in a decidedly awkward state. Either we hold onto the traditional view of established dogma or we cut it all loose and become relativists, in which nothing can be certain and nothing can be measured according to ultimate worth.

For Christians this is seen in the battle over new forms of church. On one side there are the traditionalists who claim that as has been done for centuries so should it continue to be done, even as society around increasingly dismisses Christianity as being irrelevant or worse. On the other side are those in the emerging/missional camp, who are trying new approaches, yet are constantly charged with being relativists and abandoning firm anchors of Truth. As one increasingly in this latter movement I realize that the charges aren't exactly right but have struggled to come to terms with what is happening.

Geiger has given me imagery and guidance to understand, opening up a whole new pattern of thinking that helped clarify much of what has been vague and diffuse in my mind. He makes a distinction between relativism, in which there is no Truth, and relativity, in which everything is in motion, all observation is dependent on location, and reality is fluid. Relativity differs in that there is a constant, that of light. This constant provides the established anchor for consideration of everything else. This constant in our spirituality and lived lives is Christ.

Relativity brings both motion and constancy into focus, and provides a firm foundation as we venture past the errors of modernity and into something new. Geiger's superb discussion of this reality gives me new hope in explaining what is happening and guiding others as they embrace new works of the dynamic Spirit in their lives.

I see some of this discussion showing up in the very academic works of Moltmann, and Pannenberg, and Polkinghorne, as well as other theologians, all of which are stimulating thinkers, none of which are approachable to a broad audience.

The Gospel According to Relativity, however, is not only an insightful and thought provoking book. It is an approachable must-read for anyone who seeks to understand what is happening in our era in terms of church and thought.

I would love to get a copy of Geiger's work to every church leader in the nation.
Preserving Truth Amid Pluralism  Sep 25, 2005
The Gospel According to Relativity introduces a promising new method for philosophy and theology to handle the pressures of diverse cultural contexts. Rather than relying on one overarching system or ideology, Geiger opts for a "moving frame of reference," arguing that attempts to contextualize the world in one fixed metanarrative should be discarded for a more flexible and open worldview. Given the fact of disparate worldviews, Geiger then introduces a model called "uniformity/nonuniformity" where people and peoples can learn to understand each others' culture and beliefs with complete neutrality, prior to judging each other for better or worse. But this neutrality does not end in completely relative values. Relying on the physical constancy of light as his prime metaphor, Geiger demonstrates how philosophy and theology much be anchored by a transcendent constant, thus preserving objective truth. For theology, that constant is Christ; for society it is love in individual relationships and justice for social ethics. The book is far from an exhaustive presentation of its implications and applications, but it offers a refreshing start to a philosophy that may succeed in negotiating the terrain of pluralism better than the rigid metaphysical systems of the past.

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