Looking for a Jesus to Follow

James Callahan

According to James Callahan, the phenomenal popularity of the contemporary WWJD? movement raises, once again, important questions about who is the Jesus Christians seek to follow. This subject of imitation spirituality has always concerned Christian people, even through the tumultuous questions raised by the several quests for the actual (that is, historical) Jesus. Instead of invalidating imitation spirituality, more recent evaluations (including the Jesus Seminar and post-critical theological perspectives) offer us a healthy way forward, stressing solidarity with Jesus in terms of characterization and narration. Mr. Callahan is a pastoral worker at Bethany Chapel in Wheaton, Illinois, and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Elmhurst College, Illinois.

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