Featured Book: Doing Christianity: How Religion is About What You Do, Not What You Believe


In pointing up Paul Higginson’s Doing Christianity, progressivechristianity.org declares, “Christianity is less about believing in certain things, and more about doing the right things. […] Jesus didn’t insist that his followers sign up to a belief system, rather he invited people to change their behaviour by embracing a gospel of love and forgiveness.”

Readers of this new-in-’23 book, from a Dublin publisher, describe it as a “unique and refreshingly logical take on how Christianity can and should be interpreted in modern-day society”; and as having “a clever structure” that tells how the gospel message “can be applied to make our lives and the world around us better.” The author, declares another, “has managed to cut to the truth of the gospels, and presents them in a gentle and easily accessible manner”—it’s a “retreat in a book”. Still another concurs: “I feel that this book took me on a pilgrimage without my having to leave home.”

Retired after a long stint teaching religious education at a Catholic collegiate in Harrow, and a parish catechist for decades, Higginson worked previously in a halfway house for people living with schizophrenia, and, afterward, spent time working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata.

Doing Christianity: How Religion is About What You Do, Not What You Believe
By Paul Higginson
Columba Books, 2023

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