Spiritual Envy An Agnostic's Quest
Unlike recent authors who emphatically say "No!" or "Yes!" to God, Michael Krasny is among the millions who know they don't know. As a radio host, college professor, and literary scholar, he has spent decades leading conversations on every More...
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Unlike recent authors who emphatically say "No!" or "Yes!" to God, Michael Krasny is among the millions who know they don't know. As a radio host, college professor, and literary scholar, he has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topic. He's discussed life's most important questions with the foremost thinkers in virtually every discipline. And yet answers to some questions, the big, 3:00-in-the-morning questions, elude him. Pondering them in this book, Krasny is a pure seeker, one who doesn't discount belief systems or ridicule faith. His quest is informed by the full power of our cultural heritage: artists, scientists, world events, and even films. He takes readers on an exploration of morality, mortality, why we do good, and why evil sometimes triumphs. Personal and universal, timely and timeless, this is a deeply wise yet warmly welcoming conversation, an invitation to ask one's own questions - no matter how inconclusive the answers.
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most eminent and prolific literary figures and social critics of our times. She has won the National Book Award and several O. Henry and Pushcart prizes. Among her other awards are an NEA grant, a Guggenheim fellowship, the PEN/Malamud Lifetime Achievement Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature.
|The Ten Commandments and God's Existence|
|The Ten Commandments and a Code of One's Own|
|Where Is God? More on Codes and God's Place in Mine|
|The Universe and the Face of God|
|Who Are the Agnostics?|
|The Force That Is or Isn't, and Coincidences Minus Answers|
|From Nowhere to Somewhere: Spiritual Envy|
|Respect for the Faithful, the Faithless, and the Wishy-Washy|
|Deliver Us from Evil|
|Separating the Agnostics from the Herds|
|Peace unto Thee and Me, and an Old Elvis Top-Ten Hit|
|Some Final Thoughts|
|About the Author|