It’s pretty clear what Jesus was about. Love you neighbour (and if that’s not challenging enough, love your enemies) was at the top of his manifesto. So why do we find it so hard to follow his example? Professor of Psychology at Abilene University, Richard Beck, doesn’t think the issue is a lack of understanding. We know what we’re meant to do. Instead, Richard thinks the issue is a psychological one. And it’s to do with a misplaced psychology of disgust. Tune in for a truly fascinating conversation!


If you want to dig deeper into these issues, then we highly recommend Richard’s book Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality and Morality. And if you haven’t already, make sure you have a read of Reviving Old Scratch. Not only does it look at the issue of the Devil and spiritual warfare, but it deals with faith, doubt and attempts to navigate a way between progressive and conservative theology. It’s a must read. And while you’re at it, check out his blog Experimental Theology.

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4 comments on “Richard Beck – Why We Don’t Love Like Jesus (N150)

  1. Richard said something about the way to move from an intellectual understanding of loving our neighbour, and overcoming our natural limbic response so we can actually do it, is “emotion spiritual formation practices”. What are they?

    • Hi Nic.
      That’s a very good question! I’ve been in touch with Richard and he’s going to be answering this question in his next book ‘Stranger God'(we’ll interview him on it when it comes out in November).
      In the mean time, he’s going to answer your question in a blog post for us. I’ll let you know when I upload it. Tim