"The Gospel that we preach will not be a Gospel of Jesus Christ unless it takes sides with those who are sinned against--the poor and the oppressed."
Albert Nolan, best-selling author of Jesus Before Christianity and Jesus Today, outlines the basis of a spirituality that sides with the poor and the cause of justice. Many of these essays were forged in the long struggle against South Africa's apartheid system, as it was was in that context that Nolan first recognized the radical social message of Jesus and its relevance to the contemporary world. But his work transcends the South African situation to speak to all Christians living in a world marked by inequality, violence, marginalizaiton, and exploitation.
Nolan's theme is not simply one of resistance. He also challenges us to embrace the spirituality of Jesus, showing how the saving power of God may empower us to achieve personal liberation and contribute to the creation of structures of grace. Hence, the volume ends with an urgent theme: "hope in an age of despair."
Albert Nolan is a South African Dominican priest, widely known for his classic work, Jesus Before Christianity, and his more recent best-seller, Jesus Today.