The God Problem: Alternatives to Fundamentalism Paperback – 30 Sep 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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.