Faith on the Road
Millions of people travel every day, for what seem like millions of reasons. Some travel for pleasure, others travel for work and education, and many more travel to find a new job and a better life. In the United States, even those who don?t travel far still frequently find themselves on the move.
What can we learn from these different forms of travel? And what can people of faith learn from the Christian and Jewish traditions that took shape on the road? From the exile from Eden to the wanderings of Jesus and his disciples, the story of Scripture is a dynamic narrative of ceaseless movement. Those who let themselves be inspired by this movement, and are willing to learn from others and from mistakes made in the process, are well positioned to make a difference in the world, not only at home but also around the globe.
"Dr. Rieger's insights on the spiritual power of travel ring true. . . . Faith on the Road is an important book for anyone seeking to take full advantage of the opportunity travel presents for spiritual transformation. Travel helps awaken the church to our call to be sojourners and reveals the strategies most useful for teaching us a way of being that is 'not conformed to the ways of this world.' Faith on the Road is provocative. Dr. Rieger makes statements that may be difficult for many of us, but I have found that struggling with these ideas is fruitful for learning and growth. Through Faith on the Road, the God of the exodus, the wanderers and the pilgrims met me in this struggle in new and refreshing ways. Get ready to be taken somewhere new."
"From his reflections on travel in the Scriptures to his experiences as a motorcyclist, Joerg Rieger invites us to see how travel changes more than our location—it can change our hearts and transform us from tourists to advocates for justice and peace."
"Many of us love to travel. But few consider that traveling from one place to another, whether as tourist, pilgrim, migrant, refugee, vagabond or even prophet, matters in our relationships with God and others. Joerg Rieger has shown here that travel is a key theological category in Scripture. He rightly shows us that a theology of the road, which challenges the status quo and takes into account power differentials, is crucial for comprehending God, ourselves, and our sisters and brothers—on whatever road we might encounter them."
"The world's population is becoming increasingly mobile. Whether one travels for pleasure or business or is compelled to move from one part of the world to another in search of a better life, there seem to be more and more people leaving their places of origin in search of something different, perhaps even something better. Joerg Rieger's book Faith on the Road explores the complexity of faith, identity, economics and social justice through the lens of travel. This is a superbly written volume that approaches these complex issues in a thorough and helpful manner. What I have read has changed how I think about travel, migration and faith. I highly recommend this book!"
"'God looks different from the dusty roads of Galilee than from the safety of the temple in Jerusalem.' God also looks different from the difficult journeys of immigration, legal or illegal, than from the safe and comfortable trips on business or tourism. This book offers us an important theological reflection on travel, which has become a mark of our globalized world, stimulating us to rethink the meaning and role of Christian faith today."
Foreword by Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
1. The Judeo-Christian Traditions on the Road: Theological Reflections on Travel
2. Travel, Tourism, and Migration: Experiences on the Road
3. Pilgrims and Vagabonds: Challenges from the Road
4. Beyond Religious Tourism: Short-Term Mission Trips and Immersions Upside-Down
5. Travel as an Act of Justice