Life of Meaning Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World

ISBN-10: 1583228292
ISBN-13: 9781583228296
Edition: 2008
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.74" wide x 9.18" long x 1.14" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Extraordinary people will say extraordinary things, especially when it is Bob Abernethy and his team at PBS' Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly doing the asking. The Life of Meaning presents fifty-nine contributors speaking candidly about their search for meaning in their own personal lives, their experience of God, and for some, the struggle to reconcile faith and doubt. They include Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, the Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine L'Engle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, Marianne Williamson, and many others. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which Bob Abernethy conceived for PBS in 1997 and anchors, has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life" by The Christian Science Monitor. In The Life of Meaning, Abernethy, co-author William Bole, and the staff of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly turn their attention to making a book that asks all the big questions-and elicit the most surprising answers from a who's-who of today's serious religious and spiritual thinkers from across a spectrum of faiths and denominations. Bob Abernethy is the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Before launching the series, he had served as a correspondent for NBC News for more than four decades. William Bole's articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Commonweal magazines.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Meaning Makers
Limning the Rites of Death
Staring Down the Gods of War
Exposing the Spiritual Crisis of Modern Medicine
More Than Is Dreamt of in Your Theologies
Naming the Real
Discovering Things Nobody Knew Before but God
Waltzing with the God of Chaos
The Meaning of Mud
Evil and Suffering
A Faith Difficult to Understand
Easing the Divine Suffering
Evil Acts, Sacred Places
Like Living in the Book of Job
Damning the Disease, Not (Ultimately) the Deity
Smells Like Hope
Redeeming the Devil
Hope Dies Last
Prayer and Meditation
The World's Prayers
Through the Valley of the Shadow
The Former President on Unanswered Prayer
Warming Oneself Before the Glow of God
Talking to God Straight and Angry
On Wintry Spirituality and Napping
Praise Every Three Hours
The Jesus Prayer and Praying with Icons
The Hum of the Universe, in a Minor Key
Finding God's Presence in Darkness
"I'm Spiritual, Not Religious"
On the Altar of Consciousness
Unlearning Religion
Blessing the Doubters
With or Without Religion
We're Spiritual and Religious
Religion Makes Hospice Calls
The Good, without God
Being Religious
Catholicism
All Is Gift
Eileen's Uncle and His Catholic Imagination
Stuff Counts
Evangelicalism
Is God Still the Center?
The Inerrant, Infallible Word of God
The Genius of Evangelicalism
Who Is Winning-Evangelicals or American Culture?
Mainline Protestantism
God Is Not Going to Whomp You
Vital Signs
The African-American Church
Safe Harbors and Defiant Spirituality
Judaism
The Miracle of Existence
Reading the Book of Our Life
The Soul Is Hovering
Islam
Bearing Witness to the One God
The Hajj
Buddhism
A Message from the Dalai Lama
Being Mindful and Engaged
The Smaller Sufferings
Hinduism
Many Deities, One God
Paths Up the Mountain
The Measure of Diversity
Many Paths, Many Ways
Evangelizing by Deed
Our Great Challenge
The Passions of Jerusalem
Lives Well Lived
Where the Weak and the Strong Dance Together
"Oh, Annie, Whatever"
No Return
Changing Your Social Footprint
Healing Body and Spirit
The Cathedral of Charity
Listen to Your Life
Raging against Boredom
Photo Credits
Index of Contributors
About the Editors

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