Book Review: The Fidelity of Betrayal

A very thought-provoking book that I have read twice now and one that I would recommend is The Fidelity of Betrayal by Peter Rollins. As one could surmise from the title, this book is about betrayal but with a twist. Rollins suggests that in order to remain faithful to Christ, there are times when we must act in the way of betrayal. Thus, it is in this place that true religion occurs, a religion without religion, or more specifically, a Christianity without religion.

The book begins with a look at Judas and his role in the history of Christianity. In typical fashion, Pete pushes one to the limits of common interpretations of Judas and forces us to see him in a different light if only for a moment. He concludes with a question that directs the ebb and flow of the book: “Is Christianity, at its most radical, always marked by a kiss, forever forsaking itself, eternally at war with its own manifestation?”

The book is divided into three parts: (1) The Word of God, (2) The Being of God, and (3) The Event of God. These sections guide his discussion, tweaking presuppositions readers may hold, and challenging us to faithfulness to Christ by denouncing our prior misunderstandings. Through his use of scripture, philosophy, theology, and even his brilliant parables, Pete creates a book that will have his readers with ideas to wrestle with for days upon days. And I think that is what he is going for – always rethinking and being re-transformed by the Event of Jesus Christ.

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