Miroslav Volf recently wrote in Christian Century (thanks Carlos Stouffer for this) that neither religious left nor religious right maintain a gospel-like Jesus in their discussions of faith. The religious left reconstructs Jesus as a propagator of their pet social causes while the Jesus on the right does the same. Both groups abandon the gospel in advocacy of their politics. The irony is that if either of these groups embraced the life described in the gospels, Jesus would exceed the left's demand for social justice and the right's demands for 'right' living. What encourages me is that I have seen a move to an embodied, gospel-like Jesus in the churches I have studied, granting me a hope that we can overcome these dualisms that cripple American Christianity.