Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality

Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Echoing Hosea, Jesus defends his embrace of the "unclean" in the Gospel of Matthew, seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity. And yet, as missional faith communities are well aware, the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved. At every turn, it seems that th "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Echoing Hosea, Jesus defends his embrace of the "unclean" in the Gospel of Matthew, seem...

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Title:Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
Author:Richard Beck
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:160899242X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:201 pages pages

Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality Reviews

  • David
    Feb 08, 2014
    Would you drink a bottle of wine if there was a drop of urine in it? Why do we tend to assume that a tiny amount of impurity taints a huge amount of purity? Is there a deeper meaning to this "disgust" that we experience? Where does it come from? These are some of the interesting que...
  • Aeisele
    May 30, 2016
    This is an extremely helpful book for understanding discussions of morality, both in politics, but more specifically in Christian religious communities. Beck's framework is Matthew 9, where Jesus asks the Pharisees, 'Go learn what this means: 'I desire mercy not sacrifice.'" Sacrific...
  • Elise
    Jul 25, 2011
    I finished a book! Yay! First one since the twins were born. Unclean by Richard Beck, to me, was a psychological analysis of why we are so prone to being elite, exclusive, and inhospitable to ?others.? Beck gives an academic analysis of ?disgust,? a human emotion that at its...
  • Laura
    Nov 04, 2016
    This was really transformational to the way I think about many areas of my life - but in particular parenting and how I relate to people who are different than me. There wasn't much when it comes to solutions at the end but super thought provoking nonetheless. ...
  • Christopher
    Jun 28, 2015
    This is one of the few "theological" books I can wholeheartedly recommend to nonbelievers. Just revelation after revelation, page after page. I haven't read a book I literally years that has so thoroughly reshaped the way I see politics, theology, psychology, relationships, public disc...
  • J.
    Sep 08, 2018
    In this book Dr. Beck explains how our minds work in regard to feelings of disgust, explaining that there are certain universal disgust reactions that are likely to affect us in our desire to show mercy to others. Our reactions to people with infirmities or diseases, people with poor h...
  • David Gregg
    Apr 25, 2011
    Excellent! Richard Beck, on my short list of favorite living authors (due largely to his blog "Experimental Theology"), has written a book in the intersection of psychology and Christian practical theology. These sorts of intersections are critical to a circumspect and self-refining Ch...
  • Ali M.
    Jan 19, 2012
    Excellent. Why isn't psychology integrated with theology more often? It's so illuminating. Unclean is one of the best breakdowns of the subconscious Christian life I've read since Insurrection: To Believe Is Human; To Doubt, Divine. It's essentially a discussion of disgust psychology, ...
  • Josh Barkey
    May 23, 2011
    This book made a little bit of my brain leak out my ears. In a good way. I bought it at a hyper-inflated internet price because I interact with Dr. Beck's blog on a regular basis, and I both wanted to see what he'd have to say in a longer format and to support him in his writing. I don...
  • Glen Grunau
    Apr 22, 2014
    A friend directed me to a podcast in which Richard Beck summarizes the thesis of his fascinating book: http://www.beyondtheboxpodcast.com/20... The significance of his thesis struck me as profound. I bought his book the same day. Besides, it's not often I get the opportunity to rea...
  • John
    Nov 26, 2012
    This book is subtitled "Reflections on Purity, Hospitality and Mortality", and it is a blend of psychological and theological analysis. Starting from a similar grounding in psychological research to Jonathan Haidt ("The Righteous Mind"), Beck probes deeper with a profound meditation on...
  • Steve Watson
    Nov 22, 2017
    An absolute extraordinary exploration of the psychology of disgust and the radical implications of Jesus' call to the prophetic, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice," that is heard in Matthew 9 and 12. Beck invites people and churches to the primary place of mercy, inclusion, and hospitalit...
  • Bryan
    Jul 21, 2015
    A very insightful look at the underlying driving forces behind some of our church-related behaviors of inclusion/exclusion. What we consider unclean is often more driven by our core disgust with things like body fluids and dirty food than with rational reflection. Being aware of the un...
  • Matt
    Jul 21, 2017
    Thoughtful and well-written, this book challenged me to think about how my life and relationships are influenced by subconscious feelings of disgust. Beck is a psychologist, yet he handles theological matters with the skill and attention to orthodoxy of a theologian. I now have a new u...
  • Mike McVey
    Jul 01, 2017
    Started this book for a Wednesday night church class. It things got in the way and restarted about a month ago. The author seems to be writing for the academy more than the church, but overall this book is very helpful understanding the psychological elements of disgust within the l...
  • Raborn
    Jul 06, 2012
    Very good. Examines how we respond to "the other" who is not like us by looking at the psychology of disgust. Good read. ...
  • Lisa
    Aug 09, 2015
    This was so disturbing and so good at the same time. Written by a psychologist who tells us plainly how our disgust impacts our ability to love others, this book has great reports on little studies and insightful observations about the church. specifically, we shouldn't just say we nee...
  • Bill
    Jan 28, 2019
    Everyone ought to read this book as a starting point for thinking about the intersection of Haidt's moral foundations work and Christian theology. For Christians the relevance is hopefully obvious; for non-Christians in the western world, this book should still prove to be an invaluabl...
  • Erin
    Oct 24, 2012
    It's been awhile since I've read a psychology book, felt good stretching those particular mental muscles again. This book put a new lens on the idea of purity, for me. Beck articulated and explained, from a psychological perspective, some of the gut feelings I've had but been unable...
  • Andrew Marr
    Dec 12, 2012
    This is one of the most important books I've come across this past year & I've read a lot of books I think are important. The concept of impurity/uncleanness is a major element in religious traditions & so deserves & requires careful examination theologically & psycholo...
  • Kevin Finelli
    Jan 18, 2018
    Richard Beck takes interdisciplinary look at the psychology of disgust from a theological perspective. This gives us a new way to think about a number of different aspects of religious practice - holiness and purity, hospitality, tolerance vs. maintaining the integrity of one's communi...
  • Nathan
    May 30, 2018
    Do you remember the green character in the movie "Inside Out?" Unclean is all about her. The author, Richard Beck, delves into the complexities of disgust psychology, specifically how our feelings of disgust affect how we treat those we deem dirty, contaminated or unclean. His argu...
  • Lisa
    Dec 06, 2014
    Oct 2016-A great challenge of a book. I was given this book by my pastor, who knew my love of psychology and living the Christian life. The author explores the ideas of purity, hospitality and mortality within the life of the church, society and the individual. I feel challenged to exa...
  • Emily Anne
    Nov 13, 2017
    This is a must-read for every Christian who cares to love the way Christ loved and not to simply remain comfortable in the stories we?ve created for ourselves about who gets to ?count? and who doesn?t. ...
  • Jason Lyle
    May 01, 2014
    Lot of information. But really gives a perspective on how we view clean and unclean people. ...
  • Judy Egnew Ness
    Dec 02, 2018
    There is a dialectical tension between the physical and the spiritual, and Beck gives us a very thoughtful discussion of this tension within the body of Christ. I thought it read like a philosophy textbook at times but I was pulled in to his storytelling and humor. The human sense of d...
  • John Kohlhepp
    Nov 17, 2017
    Superbly written from the vantage point of a psychologist. Systematically lays out the ideas and theory behind the psychology of disgust, starting with a basic high level overview of the biological response to disgust, then moving on to a sociamoral response to disgust and purity and t...
  • Bryan Cox
    Nov 16, 2017
    "God desires mercy, not sacrifice". These words are deeply impacting the way I consider and think about theology. Our drive towards purity (as a result of disgust) instead of hospitality is harmful, creating boundaries we largely aren't aware of in our homes, the church, the workplace ...
  • James Hilliard
    Mar 16, 2018
    This was an amazing book, full of fresh insights. It put into words many thoughts that I had been cultivating about hospitality and its relationship to the Eucharist, and then it amplified and clarified them 1,000 times. I will never approach the altar in the same way again. Every Chri...
  • Annette Maclean
    Aug 05, 2018
    An interesting read for those who enjoy the intersection of theology and psychology. Beck takes an indepth look at disgust psychology and examines its role in relation to the church and mission. I didn't quite enjoy the book as much as I thought I would (perhaps that's the nature of a ...