The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus

Lord, Liar, Lunatic . . . Or Awesome?

The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus

Lord, Liar, Lunatic . . . Or Awesome?

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Christology is crazy. It’s rather absurd to identify a first-century homeless Jew as God revealed, but a bunch of us do anyway. In this book, Tripp Fuller examines the historical Jesus, the development of the doctrine of Christ, the questions that drove christological innovations through church history, contemporary constructive proposals, and the predicament of belief for the church today.

Recognizing that the battle over Jesus is no longer a public debate between the skeptic and believer but an internal struggle in the heart of many disciples, he argues that we continue to make christological claims about more than an “event” or simply the “Jesus of history.” On the other hand, C. S. Lewis’s infamous “liar, lunatic, and Lord” scheme is no longer intellectually tenable. This may be a guide to Jesus, but for Christians, Fuller is guiding us toward a deeper understanding of God. He thinks it’s good news—good news about a God who is so invested in the world that God refuses to be God without us.


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1. Lord, Liar, Lunatic . . . or Just Freaking Awesome
2. Jesus’ Jewish Neighborhood
3. Abba Says, “Drop the G”
4. Reading the Gospels Heresy Free
5. Anselm, Luther, and the Cootie Collector
6. Getting High with Jesus
7. Turning Jesus Down
8. The Skeptic and the Believer


"This book is awesome, although less awesome than Jesus! I know of no other book that combines pop culture, personal anecdotes, and serious christological scholarship in such awesome ways! I hope this marks the beginning of a whole new genre in theological writing!"

Thomas Jay Oord | author of The Uncontrolling Love of God

"Tripp Fuller's Guide to Jesus is intelligent, insightful, reverent, raucous, and hilarious. If you don't understand how those adjectives can go together—all the more reason to read the book. An even better reason—the freakin' awesomeness of the subject!"

Brian D. McLaren | author, speaker, and activist

"As a pastor, I'm always looking for books that I can recommend to people in my congregations ­ books that can expand on this radically inclusive Jesus we talk about each and every Sunday. This is a book that speaks the language of theology in a way that is accessible to people looking for a Jesus they can understand in our postmodern context. And in addition, it looks like a new sermon series to me!"

Rev. Laura Vail Fregin | associate minister, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

"Tripp's witty, intelligent, and passionate reflections on Christ are so engaging and well researched that I'm almost tempted to lapse into a more confessional Christianity."

Peter Rollins | Author of The Idolatry of God and The Divine Magician

"This book is everything it claims to be—and given all that Tripp Fuller claims for it, that's saying a lot! Scholars will find their work accurately represented, but somehow all boiled down to what really matters (in ways that they rarely achieve). Ordinary people, believers or not, will find a clear and compelling account of who Jesus was and why he matters—a beautiful fusion of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. I’d say that, in a word, the book is freaking awesome."

Philip Clayton | Claremont School of Theology

"This is not your parent's intro-to-theology textbook. Tripp Fuller has written a crash course in all the basics about how we think and understand Jesus, complete with beer recommendations and Bob Marley references. If you like the idea of having a theology nerd friend tell you why he thinks Jesus is awesome over beer, Tripp Fuller is your guy, and this is your book."

Danielle Shroyer | author of Where Jesus Prayed and theologian-in-residence at Journey Church

Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781451499575
  • eBook ISBN 9781506401256
  • Dimensions 4.5 x 7.5
  • Pages 194
  • Publication Date November 1, 2015