Following the Call: Living the Sermon on the Mount Together

Plough. Sept. 2021. 380p. ISBN 9781636080048. $18. REL
Designed for use by weekly Bible discussion groups, this work examines in detail the Sermon on the Mount. Moore (Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People), a member of the Bruderhof Christian community, quotes theologian Harvey Cox, calling the Sermon on the Mount “the most luminous, most quoted, most analyzed, most contested, and most influential moral and religious discourse in all of human history.” Each of this book’s 52 chapters begins with a Gospel quotation (nearly all from Matthew), followed by excerpts from works by over 100 writers from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions (from antiquity to the present), including Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Teresa of Avila, John Wesley, Dietrich Bonhoffer, Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Karl Barth, Pope Benedict XVI, William Blake, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Søren Kierkegaard, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Leo Tolstoy, plus Rabbi Abraham Heschel. The book’s diverse outlooks are likely to appeal to readers of varied religious traditions.
VERDICT Individual readers and discussion groups interested in Gospel-based spirituality will appreciate this book’s broad-based approach to a familiar scripture passage.
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