MODERN PHARISEES? Tough Questions for Serious Christians

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Tough Bible questions on some of today's hot issues for serious Christians to review and study. More

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About A. Christian Mann

A. Christian Mann is a life long bible student who has tried to live a scriptural life in spite of the self inflicted as well as unavoidable mistakes, trials and tribulations common in modern American life. His study guide is intended for christians who are strong in their faith to dig deep into the Word, wrestle with some tough questions as we apply biblical teachings to daily life and make sure that we have not become Pharisees ourselves.

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Review by: Matrika on Jan. 01, 2016 : (no rating)
i am 60-something and have been reading the Bible since i was 12, seriously. My late Husband, may He rest in peace, was (and still may be, in Heavenly realms) an elder in the Church. i have also been an avid student of comparative religion, including taking college level courses in Philosophy: Comparative Religion, Cultural Anthropology and am a retired Counselor (addictions). When i started reading this book i honestly thought, as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes, that i would find "no new thing under the sun" - yet the book startled me. It answered questions that i had approached Priests, Elders, Ministers, and Rabbis, etc. of many faiths with and had always got everything BUT an answer. In this book i got answers - as well as the opportunity and challenge to reject them with encouragement to find my own. This includes one section of the Gospel where Jesus seemed to me to be, well, less than honest- but i had never said that to ANYONE for fear of being labelled a blasphemer. If you are a person with the courage to face challenging questions, i sincerely suggest that you read Modern Pharisees .... by A Christian Mann. it's a must read.
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Review by: Desmond Cross on Jan. 01, 2016 :
Western civilization is for the most part Christian, yet many Christians are content to accept the select passages offered up by their ministers as their sole source of scriptural nourishment. This in turn leads to cherry-picking and arguments between denominations.

This is not a highly productive way of gaining insight into the Bible. One can then turn to theologians and Bible scholars to point them in the right direction, but those who do are soon faced with a dizzying assortment of specialized technical jargon like 'exegesis' and 'Q source'. By the time the layperson has deciphered the Theobabble they have probably forgotten what they were looking for to begin with. And even then they must contend with the fact that the information those experts provide has been filtered through their own theological lenses and are rife with doctrinal biases.

The author of Modern Pharisees has taken a new and refreshing approach. Without being patronizing, he has laid out information not piecemeal, but layered and in context for the readers mental digestion. He asks questions, sometimes uncomfortable ones but relevant none the less. And most importantly, he gives the reader the opportunity to think for themselves. He has lead the proverbial horse to water. The wise ones will realize this and drink.

Now, does he lead the reader to every question? Of course not. To do so would take a book larger than the Bible. And he is naturally not without his own biases and long-held opinions. Not that we should fault him for that, because none of us are. He does however seem aware of his own preconceptions enough that he spares the reader from any rhetorical arm twisting. As such and to use a phrase often used by a dear friend of mine, your mileage may vary.

In a nutshell,Modern Pharisees is articulate, informative without being overbearing, and might even open an eye or two.

Definitely worth the read. It achieves the goals the author was aiming for, and you can't ask for much more than that.
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