Chuck Anderson’s new book, St. Paul for the Perplexed (350 pages), has recently been published and is now listed on Amazon.com. However, it is also available (at the reduced price of $20) at KUC where it is being sold as a fundraiser for the church, which will received $10 for each copy sold. If you would like a copy, see Martha Ashbaugh at the Reception Desk after church for the next few Sundays.
St. Paul for the Perplexed is written for the layperson in non-technical language. Based on Paul’s seven authentic letters as well as the Acts of the Apostles, it gives a different picture of the Apostle to the Nations from the one represented in the other six epistles erroneously attributed to him. Rather than the stern and judgmental woman-hater often portrayed in the popular mind, Paul was a warm, brilliant, and engaging storyteller championing a counter-cultural movement in the larger Roman world first initiated by Jesus in Galilee. After his mystical encounter with Jesus, Paul’s life mission was to create communities in the major urban centers of the Empire dedicated to living in imitation of Jesus. In those communities there were to be no divisions based on gender, ethnic identity, social class or any other criterion. A new era was emerging in which compassion and egalitarianism replaced the age-old divisive practices of humanity. Paul offered an analysis of the human condition similar to modern concepts of addiction or communicable diseases, and the prescription of participation in a healing community. His writings are profoundly relevant for a world addicted to fear, hatred and violence.