At a time when the Church throughout the world – and especially in Ireland – finds itself under question and criticism from a wide range of sources – this work urges the Church to reflect on the original message of Jesus and live out the radical discipleship of that message.
Placing theology in the context of real social experience – and drawing particularly on the author’s experiences working with HIV/AIDS victims and others oppressed by poverty and injustice in the slums and villages of Zambia – Aidan Donaldson brings passion and life to Gospel passages that have been stripped of their core meaning and significance. In so doing, the author presents the reader with a completely different vision of Jesus than the accepted meek and mild version.
The author portrays Jesus as one who deliberately and uncompromisingly embraced the marginalised and, in so doing, became marginalised himself and suffered the fate of all who follow this path – that of being crushed between the Palace and the Temple.
He concludes that in order to be faithful to the Jesus who came to liberate humanity and proclaim the Kingdom of God, the Church must give up power and embrace the margins. For those who favour a ‘safe’ form of Christianity, this book will make uncomfortable reading. Those who are prepared to be challenged and ‘their peace disturbed’ will not fail to be moved by this work.
Dr Aidan Donaldson is Assistant Head o f Religious Education and Chaplain at St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast. He previously lectured in the Department o f Scholastic Philosophy at Queen's University, Belfast, and in the Diocese o f Down & Connor Junior Seminary at St Malachy's College, Belfast. He also currently works in support o f Edmund Rice International in Geneva on the issue of advocacy for the marginalised and dispossessed. He lives in Belfast.