Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Four Vision Quests of Jesus

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

The Four Vision Quests of Jesus

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The Four Vision Quests of Jesus. By Steven Charleston. (New York: Morehouse, 2015, Pp. 170. $20.00.)

This is a deceptively simple autobiographical narrative of the encounter between Christian and Native American spiritualities. The sophisticated reader will understand that this is a rare foray into the field of religious phenomenology on a living and functional level. The text is adorned with jewels of cultural, sociological, theological, and psychological factors. Those who are involved in vocational judgments regarding ordained Christian ministry should read this several times to plumb and understand the profound culturally related dimensions which often beset vocations processes. Without polemics, Charleston gently opposes the Niehburian analyses of the relationship between Christ and cultures. Writing from a catholic perspective, Charleston affirms that because God is the ultimately catholic being, God's actions therefore are inherent in all cultures. He posits that the stance of Christianity should not be to impose a Euro-cultural perspective, but to find, respect and harmonize with the presence of God in all cultures.

This is also a book of biblical interpretation. There is unique analysis of the nature and ministry of John the Baptist. Four story-events in Matthew's gospel (the Temptations in the Desert, the Transfiguration, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Crucifixion) are analyzed from a Native American perspective. …

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