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Building Jerusalem: A Portrait of My Father Hardcover – 3 Feb 2000

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (3 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713993626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713993622
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,841,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Certain religious groups have allowed their members the freedom to think and devise their own understandings of the world,one such being the Unitarians or Unitarian Universalists as they are known in the USA.This book is about Frank Bullock,an English Unitarian minister who lived from 1887 to 1964. Alan Bullock,a life peer in the House of Lords,the son of this book's subject, is an Oxford historian and he has used his analytical skills and depth of understanding to examine and clearly demonstrate his father's originality of thought and breadth of vision.Many of Frank Bullock's intuitions and insights are now common place amongst even mainstream Christians but as a Unitarian he was free to think beyond the confines of his time's norms and what he said can still appear fresh - and even invigorate a contemporary enervated mind. His son's appreciation of,and pride in,his father's work fills the book with a serious warmth that in no way becomes cloying or intrusive. What I found most pleasing in the book was the way it enabled me to take meaning again from the gospel stories.Having long ago abandoned them as untrue,having found the effort to disentangle fact from myth too tedious,it was a relief to read of them straight-forwardly as myth,psychological truth and imperatives to understanding and action- never having to cross my fingers whilst pretending assent to dogmatic truth. 'Building Jerusalem' deals with the general component parts of today's religious humanism and records an evolutionary picture of Frank's thought,which itself records a comprehensive picture of human thought. The book is a clear exposition of a serious and enlightening thinker.One comes away wishing to know father and son and thinking them lucky in each other.
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