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A Heretic's Guide to Eternity

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Distinguishing between religion and spirituality, Burke offers what he calls a new way of looking at God, one centered on the idea of grace. He emphasizes a God who is looking to save the world, not a God who seems more intent on condemning certain practices . . . . For Burke, God is to be questioned, not simply obeyed. His challenging thesis will appeal to many people today who have given up on organized religion but still seek some connection to spirituality.
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Overview

Distinguishing between religion and spirituality, Burke offers what he calls a new way of looking at God, one centered on the idea of grace. He emphasizes a God who is looking to save the world, not a God who seems more intent on condemning certain practices . . . . For Burke, God is to be questioned, not simply obeyed. His challenging thesis will appeal to many people today who have given up on organized religion but still seek some connection to spirituality.
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Burke, a former pastor who now works as a retreat master and lecturer and runs the web site TheOoze.com, is a heretic in the same way, he says, that Jesus was a heretic-he questions the dictates of his religion from the inside. Distinguishing between religion and spirituality, Burke offers what he calls a new way of looking at God, one centered on the idea of grace. He emphasizes a God who is looking to save the world, not a God who seems more intent on condemning certain practices. Quoting from both the Bible and contemporary rock lyrics, Burke argues that traditional religion is coming to an end-that people are looking for transformative religious experiences, not dictates to be followed. He further insists that there needs to be a change in how religion is presented to the masses. For Burke, God is to be questioned, not simply obeyed. His challenging thesis will appeal to many people today who have given up on organized religion but still seek some connection to spirituality. Recommended for all religion collections.-Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"Yes, yes, YES! Buy this book! Breath of fresh air doesn't even begin to say it..." (www.christianbookshops.org, November 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470185674
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/20/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Spencer Burke is the creator of TheOOZE.com, which receives 200,000 unique visitors a month, and of ETREK.com, a website that facilitates alternative learning groups. He is the host of Soularize, which is the original postmodern/emergent annual conference.

Barry Taylor is a teacher, musician, writer, and speaker with advanced degrees in cross-cultural and intercultural studies, who lectures on a wide variety of subjects, from advertising and consumer culture to art and postmodern spirituality.

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Table of Contents

foreword by brian d. mclaren.

preface to the paperback edition.

acknowledgments.

introduction.

SECTION ONE.

Questioning Grace: The Future of Faith.

1 Jesus Beyond Christianity.

interlude 1 what is a heretic?

2 Grace Beyond Religion.

3 Grace and the God Factor.

SECTION TWO.

Questioning What We Know: New Horizons of Faith.

4 The End of the World as We Know It.

interlude 2 the first heretic?

5 Grace Held Hostage.

6 Faith Remixed: The Fine Art of Bricolage.

SECTION THREE.

Living in Grace: Mystical Responsibility.

7 Jesus the Heretic.

interlude 3 the inquisitions.

8 The Mystery of God, Grace, and Salvation.

9 All We Need Is Grace.

interlude 4 torture and death.

conclusion Heresy as a Way of Life.

notes.

the authors.

scripture index.

index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

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    If what you believed to be true, were not, would you still find yourself in Eternity? If what you believed flew in the face of the worldview of who God is, can Grace transform the world? Skip seminary and multiple degrees in philosophy, or take both, and sit down to a flowing and well written discourse of brilliant questions, insightful ideas, and the support of a compendium of historical thinkers to tackle Eternity. A definite 'must read' if you've ever asked the question 'Why?'

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