“The twentieth century was one in which deconstruction held sway. Some Christians held ever more tightly to earlier ideas. Many saw Christianity as irrelevant or worse. Some modified Christianity to disconnect it from what was being deconstructed and relate it to the new situation. Prozesky insightfully and movingly recounts his own path through these options and beyond them to calling all to a total commitment to the good, which in his case is deeply inspired by the historical Jesus. Conservative and liberal Christians, atheists and those who are spiritual but not religious, and members of other faith communities will all profit from his appreciative analysis and sensitive criticisms. Following his journey is a moving and even gripping experience. Learn from his journey and think for yourself.”
—John B. Cobb Jr., Center for Process Studies and Process & Faith
“Martin Prozesky invites us in Honest to Goodness to join him on his amazing ‘ethically spiritual and spiritually ethical’ journey. He navigates the worlds of conservative, liberal, and progressive Christianity. These worlds are reimagined and refashioned through the lens of ‘good’ or ‘goodness.’ We do well to hitch a ride with him and alight enlivened and enlightened to continue our own journey.”
—Cornel Barnett, pastor, Presbyterian Church (USA), retired
“The title of Martin Prozesky’s stimulating book, like that earlier theological blockbuster, John Robinson’s Honest to God, is honest and about God, not as the ground of our being but as ultimate goodness. In an era of fake news and religion, honesty is a rare commodity, and God a much abused concept. If religion is dishonest it needs to be cast away, and if God is not goodness then God is unworthy of worship or trust. That is why Honest to Goodness needs to be read and why I commend it to you. You may not agree with everything Prozesky says, and he does not expect you will, but you should be more honest in both your faith and doubt, and hopefully have a deeper knowledge of who God is and why this God can be trusted.”
—John W. de Gruchy., Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town, Extraordinary Professor of Theology, Stellenbosch University
“Honest to Goodness is the culmination of Martin Prozesky’s spiritual, ethical, and intellectual pilgrimage. Finding conservative and liberal versions of Christianity wanting on ethical grounds, he proposes an alternative—a progressive Christianity. Not only does he argue for a return to Jesus and his revolution, but also for a move beyond the traditional concept of God to Ultimate Goodness as organizing principle of life. Prozesky’s odyssey and vision are deeply touching and provocative and warrant careful attention.
—Rian Venter. Head of the Department of Historical and Constructive Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa