New Book Argues that Jesus Needs to Save the World from Us

April 22, 2016

Louisville, KY

Why do the loudest Christian voices today sound so much like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus? In the book Diana Butler Bass calls, “Powerful. Provocative. And true,” Morgan Guyton identifies twelve toxic attitudes Christians have embraced and twelve antidotes that Jesus uses to save us.  

Each of the 12 chapters in How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity (Westminster John Knox Press) proposes a fundamental change and antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as “Mercy, Not Sacrifice,” "Worship, not Performance, and "Solidarity not Sanctimony." “I feel pretty helpless in the face of these serious problems,” Guyton says, “but I do have one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.

Including a Foreword by Jonathan Martin, How Jesus Saves the World from Us also includes questions for reflection after each chapter, encouraging the reader to take a closer look at their own beliefs and behaviors.

How Jesus Saves the World from Us is available for purchase through Westminster John Knox Press and other major retailers.

Morgan Guyton is a United Methodist elder who co-directs the NOLA Wesley United Methodist Campus Center with his wife Cheryl. He blogs at www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsacrifice and has contributed dozens of articles to Red Letter Christians, Huffington Post Religion, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, United Methodist Reporter, and Rethink Church.