Heretic's Guide to Eternity

Heretic's Guide to Eternity

by Spencer Burke, Barry Taylor
     
 

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"A heretic is someone who sees a truth that contradicts the conventional wisdom of the institution—and remains loyal to both entities"
—Art Kleiner, author, The Age of Heretics

In A Heretic's Guide to Eternity, Spencer Burke and Barry Taylor take a provocative look at life with God in the twenty-first century, particularly what the Christian faith

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"A heretic is someone who sees a truth that contradicts the conventional wisdom of the institution—and remains loyal to both entities"
—Art Kleiner, author, The Age of Heretics

In A Heretic's Guide to Eternity, Spencer Burke and Barry Taylor take a provocative look at life with God in the twenty-first century, particularly what the Christian faith has to offer. They do not merely put a spin on old beliefs but show that there are actually new ways of looking at the Christian message—free from the confines of religion and open to the possibility of a radical new incarnation and manifestation. Drawing on wide-ranging sources from theology, history, popular culture, and music, Burke and Taylor explore new postmodern forms of spirituality and conclude that religion's dominance over issues of faith may be over.

A Heretic's Guide to Eternity asks challenging questions about institution-based expressions of faith: Do we need church or temple anymore? Are there other ways to practice faith communally? Does any faith community have the power and the right to condemn, judge, and decide the destiny of others? Why do so many religious institutions often become bastions of exclusivity and hatred rather than love? What does it mean to be spiritual? How can we have an authentic relationship with God?

With its focus on the limitless grace of God, this book offers a new way of seeing an old faith, of practicing "mystical responsibility" and understanding that salvation is something that happens between God and people, not something regulated by institutions and gatekeepers. A Heretic's Guide to Eternity is filled with surprising insights into and encouraging thoughts about how to live a spiritual and moral life in today's complex world. Burke and Taylor may be asking heretical questions, but they are deeply committed to the teachings of Jesus, guiding readers to see those teachings afresh and, as a result, live more passionately and thoughtfully.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Yes, yes, YES! Buy this book! Breath of fresh air doesn't even begin to say it..." (www.christianbookshops.org, November 2006)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787983598
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/11/2006
Series:
J-B Leadership Network Series, #18
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Newsflash! Luther’s church at Wittenberg has a back door! Spencer Burke has found it and removed it from its’ hinges. The old church has now been flooded with sorely needed illumination and a refreshing, life-giving breeze. Yet, there’s more. The door Burke has blown through is a passageway that leads us outside, beyond the building, to the bountiverse, a new dimension for living Christian spirituality that is transforming, rejuvenating and ripe for living…now. Read this book! Live this life! Trust me. This isn’t just a great book. It’s a sincere, deep, heartfelt invitation to journey beyond wherever you’re at, embracing the God of More. Thank you Spencer!"
—Bill Dahl, creator and author, The Porpoise Diving Life

Meet the Author

Spencer Burke is the creator of The OOZE.com, which receives 200,000 unique visitors a month, and of ETREK.com, a website facilitating the formation and curriculum for alternative learning groups. He is the host of Soularize: A Learning Party, which is the original postmodern/emergent annual conference.

Barry Taylor– wears many hats–he is a teacher, musician, writer, and speaker. He lectures on a wide variety of subjects from advertising and consumer culture to art and postmodern spirituality. He has a master's degree in cross-cultural studies and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies, both focusing on the relationship between popular culture and issues of faith.

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