Oh no, another book on love? But this is different. This is for people who are looking for a gritty account of life, love and the dilemmas of human existence. This is for twenty first century thinkers and lovers, from searching Christians to open minded agnostics and willing atheists who want a genuine account of love that respects human experience and mines the depths of a greater wisdom. Steven Ogden taps into Christianity, but there is no old man in the sky pulling the strings and no bible bashing or hocus pocus. And instead of Jesus meek and mild, he recommends the subversive Jesus: this Jesus provoked outrage and censure, all in the name of love, because people were more important to him than religious dogma, principles and institutions. This is love upside down. This means we can look at the big issues of our day with new eyes. Love Upside Down looks at contemporary attitudes regarding women, the environment and homosexuality to see if love can make a difference.
In the tradition of Richard Holloway's Doubts and Loves, Steven Ogden has written a heart searching exploration of the Christian understanding of what it means to love. In the process he has re-evaluated how we love as Christians and what that is in relation to living in postmodernity. Ogden has desanitized Jesus and got down and dirty in the real world. He has not flinched from tackling the serious theological and ethical issues that confront Christians today. This is honest, raw theology which is unfortunately eschewed by so many academics and Christian writers. This book is not only confronting but uplifting as well. My advice - read it! (Nigel Leaves, author, The God Problem, and former warden of Wollaston Theological College, Western Australia)