Winifred Gallagher

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Winifred Gallagher
Working on God (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Modern Library (April 18, 2000) Language: English ISBN-10: 0375755373 ISBN-13: 978-0375755378 Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0 первое издание
1999

Speaking to Americans who are skeptical about religion, but nonetheless feel a spiritual hunger, Winifred Gallagher offers a humorous and profound discussion about the state of national spirituality. Before writing this book, Gallagher made her living reporting on behavioral sciences (The Power of Place). Relying upon her impressive research skills and powers of observation, Gallagher decided to embark on a pilgrimage to resolve her uncertainty regarding the role religion would play in her life. She meditates in a Zen monastery, meets with the head of an African American mosque, journeys to Israel, and enters the protective fold of cloistered nuns. In the process she comes to many provocative conclusions, including the following: I'm beginning to grasp that religion needn't focus on beliefs, but can at least begin with trust in your own experience of what is, but is mysterious--a different kind of challenge for a neoagnostic.... Most important, I'm already thinking of religion as a process of working on God. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Publishers Weekly A self-described "neoagnostic," Gallagher (Just the Way You Are) takes her readers with her as she "works on God," her phrase for trying to find where religion fits in her life. On one hand, she finds the traditional Roman Catholicism in which she was reared too embarrassing for an intellectual to profess. On the other hand, she feels she needs some kind of spirituality to find meaning in life. Her approach is an eclectic one. Sampling Zen Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity, she tries to construct a religion tailored to her individual needs. Ultimately, she discovers her life is so saturated by Christian language and images that she must use them as her starting point. However, she refuses to accept the doctrine of Christ's atonement. Pointing out that many of Christianity's central tenets?Christ's divinity, Christ's participation in the Trinity?were not codified until the 3rd century, Gallagher feels justified in taking for herself the title "Early Christian," as someone who can say only, "Jesus is special, but I'm not sure just how special." Gallagher's honesty and integrity will resonate with those who can acknowledge a "resurrection experience" but who can't quite profess the Resurrection. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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