The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus by Bruxy Cavey is endorsed by Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, Clark Pinnock, Hemant Mehta, Paul Maier, and James Beverley. I like Pinnock's blurb: "Finally, someone who does a brilliant job at pulling back the curtain of the spoon-fed, cookie-cutter, navel-gazing nonsense we see withn Christendom as well as ourselves."
Brian McLaren writes, "I hope this book will soon be in the top ten: a religious book (in the best sense of the word) about the end of religion."
Part One: The Beginning of the End
Water, Wine, and Scandal
Religion, Spirituality, and Faith
Blue Rose Tuesdays
Chamber of Horrors
Taking the "Mental" out of Fundamentalism
Part Two: A Scandalous Life
Taking On the Establishment
Breaking the Rules: Overriding the Torah
A Fence Around the Law: Trouncing Tribalism
Family Values: UndoingTribalism
Sacred Space: Redefining Temple
The Day Religion Died
Part Three: The Irreligious Implications
Who Do You Think You Are---God?
God or Son of God?
Word of God
Love Instead of Law
It's Time to Grow Up
Religion Versus Relationship
The introduction is entitled: "The Holy Hand Grenade" a metaphor from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
He writes in the introduction, "I want to explode the popular myth that the Bible presents a conservative Jesus who supports (and is a product of) the institution, while the Gnostic gospels and other ancient texts introduce us to a more radical Jesus who challenges the institution."
I think it's a great book to ponder as we think about incarnation (or, Christmas) as well as a book that has irreligious implications for a robust spirituality of cross-sex friendship.