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Living with a Wild God: A Non-believer's Search for the Truth About Everything Hardcover – 1 May 2014
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In middle age, the acclaimed social commentator Barbara Ehrenreich rediscovered a journal she had kept as a teenager. It recorded an event so strange that she had never spoken or written about it: a mystical experience that rocked her steadfast rationalist convictions. In this profound reflection on science, religion and the human condition, she attempts to reconcile that cataclysmic moment with her secular understanding, challenging us to reassess our perceptions of life.
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I actually think there is scope for much more of this sort of thing. The Enlightenment is described as a period in history, long past. But the struggle between overwhelming intuitions of the numinous and the mundane world of deterministic cause and effect is taking place in the hearts of millions of men and women every day; often with pain, or at least perplexity; and often in silence, without knowing to whom one might turn without being taken for a fool or worse. The Enlightenment is actually a process that cannot be avoided by each of us that has the implacable need for the deep truths of existence, whether they can be had or not, made only keener by the removal of succor from bronze-age mythologies of white-bearded patriarchs in the clouds. The tension between the profound need to know and the certainty that it can never be known is, for so many of us, the existential and unspoken essence of our times.
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