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Common Sense Christianity by C. Randolph Ross

C. Randolph Ross has a degree in analytic philosophy from the University of Virginia and has spent time in theological studies at Yale Divinity School. After seminary he has served full time in a United Methodist parish in upstate New York for five years, then spent part time work in churches while holding down secular administrative work spending ten years wrestling on the issues which have produced this book. Published by Occam Publishers, Cortland, New York, 1989, copyright by C. Randolph Ross. Used by permission. This material was prepared for Religion Online by Ted and Winnie Brock.

Having removed some of the lesser stumbling blocks of archaic doctrine, and having seen that to be Christian means to try to live faithfully with Jesus of Nazareth as our compass, we now confront the greater stumbling block of living this way. In Chapter Sixteen we describe briefly some of the themes of a Christian life: self-acceptance; right relationship with God, self and others; and a balance between passion and perspective.

In Chapter Seventeen we consider what it means to live faithfully specifically with reference to possessions and the use of money. We explore the two alternative ways of living faithfully: the radical response and the uncomfortable middle, and we conclude that above all we need to take this question seriously.

In Chapter Eighteen we pursue the question of wealth to a consideration of economic systems. We point out the differences among capitalist systems and among socialist systems, conclude that neither is in itself the problem or the solution, and then look at the challenges confronting our own system of democratic capitalism.

In Chapter Nineteen we conclude with a brief consideration of the new spirituality which we need to encompass the whole of life, and we look at the sacred, worship, prayer, work, and the Church.

And then it is time for us to get to work following the led of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.

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