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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Polebridge Press (30 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944344984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944344989
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 0.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,491,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Engaging, insightful and illuminating. -- Karen Armstrong "Author of "A History of God""

About the Author

Leaves is Director and Dean of Studies of Wollaston College, Perth, Western Australia. He is also Chair of the Perth branch of Sea of Faith in Australia Network.

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Nigel Leaves has written another wonderfully readable book. This time he deals with the "God Problem": how do we speak about God in a post- 9/11, post- tsunami, postmodern world? He takes four different approaches - panentheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality and religious naturalism (awe and wonder at the beauty of nature) - and discusses the contribution of each to an understanding of God.

The book is subtitled "Alternatives to Fundamentalism". Leaves is concerned at the violence done in the name of religion and states that his aim in writing is to focus on those trying to reform Christianity from within, is that the world may be a more humane place. Whether the alternatives discussed match up to this aim, he leaves the reader to decide.

The writing is at the same time both clear and engaging. One does not have to be a trained theologian to read and enjoy this book. However, for trained theologians it is also well-footnoted and should prove a useful resource to those looking for a summary of the present state of the debate.

I highly recommend this book.
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Nigel Leaves presents a very readable account of his ongoing study into the alternatives that have been developed by those who feel the pull of religion but cannot deal with aspects of orthodox Christianity.
He covers the work of Bishop John Shelby Spong who retains a belief in God but is highly critical of Church dogma. Then on to the more austere non-realist views of Don Cuppitt and Lloyd Geering. This is followed by grassroots spirituality and religious naturalism. The ideas presented can be complex but are explained in a straightforward manner with the minimum of jargon.
The book is concise, with refreshingly little undisclosed bias and well referenced for the many who will undoubtedly like to read further.
An excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reforming Christianity from Within 3 Nov. 2006
By Tom Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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Nigel Leaves has written an eminently readable book on an important issue: how can we speak of God in a post-911, post-tsunami, postmodern world? He defines four different approaches -- panentheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality, and religious naturalism (awe and wonder at the beauty of nature) -- and discusses the contribution of each to an understanding of God.

Subtitled "Alternatives to Fundamentalism," the book registers Leaves' concern at the violence done in the name of religion, and focuses on those trying to to reform Christianity from within so that the world may become a more humane place. He leaves the reader to decide whether the alternatives presented match this aim.

The text is clear and engaging: one need not be a theologian to read and enjoy the book, but even trained thelogians will find it a well-footnoted and useful resource for viewing the present state of the debate.

I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Interpretations of God 31 May 2007
By Alton R. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book Nigel Leaves clearly presents some current, alternative interpretations of the traditional, theistic understanding of "God" for the readers' consideration. These include panentheism as exemplified by Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, non-realism in the works of theologians/philosophers Don Cupitt (England) and Lloyd Geering (New Zealand), and religious naturalism found in the writings of the cell biologist Ursula Goodenough. An additional alternative interpretation is described in a chapter on "grassroots spirituality" on offer by millions of individuals throughout the world in a plethora of offerings.

This is a wonderful and very accessible presentation for people who no longer find the traditional understanding of God to be meaningful in their lives as lived in our contemporary world. I highly recommend the book for those who find themselves in this situation but are hesitant to cast their lot with the shrillness so apparently common in our world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The God Problem is a rational discussion of how to address a reasoned debate about God's existence 10 Jun. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Written by Nigel Leaves (Warden and Dean of Studies, John Wollaston Anglican Theological College), The God Problem is a rational discussion of how to address a reasoned debate about God's existence, especially in an increasingly secular modern society where God needs to be all-out defended. The God Problem explores four ways of confronting the "God Problem": pantheism, non-realism, grassroots spirituality, and religious naturalism. Juxtaposed amid the framework of critical and scientific thinking, The God Problem shines brightly as an example of reasoned theological and philosophical discourse.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for the modern Christian, or anyone ... 5 Dec. 2014
By Vernon Mccarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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A must read for the modern Christian, or anyone truly interested in humankind's quest for life's meaning. A wealth of information kept hidden from the average person for over a hundred years by churches unwilling to face the challenge of change and growth.
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