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

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

by Bob Abernethy, William Bole
     
 

Stellar thinkers wrestle with the meaning of life and death today

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Stellar thinkers wrestle with the meaning of life and death today

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Publishers Weekly

Faith and doubt stand in loving tension in this splendid collection edited by Bole, a religion writer, and Abernethy, founder and host of the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The book draws from the extensive interviews the series has conducted with religious luminaries and writers, some of whom appear more than once. The interviews are loosely arranged into themes of prayer; suffering and the problem of evil; encountering religious pluralism; preparing for death and the afterlife; and the varieties of religious practice. Not all of the contributors describe themselves as religious ("You know what an agnostic is?" asks the agnostic near-centenarian Studs Terkel. "A cowardly atheist"). Most of those profiled, however, have walked a long path of religious devotion, including Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Anne Lamott, William Sloane Coffin, Martin Marty, Frederica Mathewes-Green and Phyllis Tickle (PW's former contributing editor in religion). With such an amazing cast of characters, it's practically impossible to go wrong, and this collection doesn't miss a step. The section on suffering is particularly perceptive ("I know that where there is no suffering, nothing happens," novelist Madeleine L'Engle says). This is a rich feast of accumulated wisdom. (Apr. 3)

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ISBN-13:
9781583227589
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

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