The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales by Peter Rollins

The Orthodox Heretic: And Other Impossible Tales

Takeaway: We as Christians need to continually search for meaning in scriptures.

This was a free book on kindle a couple months ago.  It has 33 short stories/parables with a page or so of explanation.  These are intentionally attempting to retell Jesus’ parables (or at least follow the form) in a modern form.  Some of them are good.  Some of them seem to be intentionally unorthodox to try get a reaction.

In general I approve of trying to find meaning in scripture. But there does not seem to be a lot of focus on trying to be true to the story as much as being true to the form.  When I finally got past the fact that Rollins was intentionally trying to give new meaning I got a lot more out of them.

There are a few that I really disagree with and I think verge on the unbiblical.  But the majority communicate orthodox Christian truth in a way I had not considered before.  I think that was the purpose of Jesus’ parables.  So Rollins should be given some real credit for both the attempt and the results.

Some of the explanations get a little heady and there were a couple that I thought the descriptions detracted from the story.  But in other cases I would have never understood what the story was about without the explanations.

I would really recommend this book if you find it for free like I did.  If you are paying for it…well, maybe try to borrow it first.  This book is lendable if you have a kindle, (and Lendle.me has copies available to borrow).

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