372Excerpt: Emergent Dodd asks, Is Jesus Mean?
- May 13, 2005I have permission from Jossey-Bass to distribute an excerpt from the
new book, "My Faith So Far," by emerging author Patton Dodd. The
excerpt, called "Is Jesus Mean?", contains Dodd's reflections on the
Gospel of Matthew. It is part of what Dodd calls the "screwy Christian
stuff" he is discovering as his fanatical faith begins to unravel.
Publishers Weekly calls "My Faith So Far" a "lively coming-of-age
story [that] succeeds both as literary memoir and as an intimate look
at a popular variety of American religious experience." Dodd
chronicles his conversion to a Colorado Springs "charismatic
megachurch," his enthusiasm for praise music and inner struggles over
listening to secular music, his enrollment at Oral Roberts University
and his subsequent disillusionment while searching for "belief without
blinders." This book contains a controversial expose of ORU along with
a "painstakingly honest" look at the rise and fall of a
self-proclaimed zealot, and an examination of what happens to faith
when it is wrenched out of the culture that contains it.
I have uploaded the excerpt in the group's Files library
under the filename "doddexcerpt.txt."