In A Dark Wood

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Overview

Doubt is as natural an experience as faith and what theologian Paul Tillich called an indispensable component of authentic faith. In this book an extraordinary range of writers talks about the moment-often devastating-when they turned to God only to find neither God's presence nor consolation. Where once silence was filled with peace, now that silence signals only emptiness. In a Dark Wood features a diverse group of voices describing unlikely and often moving journeys toward or away from faith-Protestants, Catholics, and Jews; laypeople and religious professionals; activists, poets, politicians, and ordinary people. In addition, dozens of readings, poems, and prayers reflect on belief and doubt, on the loss of faith and its rediscovery, from the Psalmists, medieval saints, and such luminaries as W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot, James Baldwin and Joseph Heller, Maya Angelou and Isabel Allende, Henri Nouwen and Walter Brueggemann, Nelson Mandela and Daniel Berrigan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636241
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 There Is No God 1
Anonymous 3
Jane Harvey 19
Pt. 2 Doubts on the Journey 29
Tony Benn 31
Rupert M. Loydell 39
John Bell 47
Sr. Petra Boex 61
Annabel Shilson-Thomas 65
Christopher Hall 75
Bruce Kent 83
Colin Parry 91
Lionel Blue 99
Chris Cole 113
Pt. 3 The Phoenix of Faith 119
Gerard W. Hughes 121
Jeannine Gramick 129
Bernadette Farrell 137
Myra Poole 147
Dame Joanna Jamieson 161
Geoffrey Duncan 169
Stephen Timms, MP 175
Gerald O'Mahony 185
Denis Hurley 193
Dr. Hans Popper 203
Joan D. Chittister, OSB 207
Acknowledgments 209
Bibliography 213
Index of Authors 217
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