The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology

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Described by Cornel West as "a towering public intellectual and the leading universalist philosopher of his generation," Forrest Church was one of the preeminent liberal theologians of our time. His final gift, The Cathedral of the World, draws from the entire span of Church's life's work to leave behind a clear statement of his universalist theology and liberal faith. Giving new voice to the power of liberal religion, Church invites all seekers to enter the Cathedral of the World, home to many windows but only ...

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Overview

Described by Cornel West as "a towering public intellectual and the leading universalist philosopher of his generation," Forrest Church was one of the preeminent liberal theologians of our time. His final gift, The Cathedral of the World, draws from the entire span of Church's life's work to leave behind a clear statement of his universalist theology and liberal faith. Giving new voice to the power of liberal religion, Church invites all seekers to enter the Cathedral of the World, home to many windows but only one Light.

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“Church is a towering public intellectual and the leading universalist philosopher of his generation. This last testament to his prophetic thought and witness is a gift of faith, hope, and love to us all!” —Cornel West, author of Race Matters

“An essential read for anyone interested in liberal religion.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A complete expression of [Church’s] liberal theology.”
—William Grimes, New York Times
 
The Cathedral of the World sums up in a dramatic and powerful way the work of one of America’s most gifted clergymen. Forrest Church has lived his theology as well as proclaimed it. Ours is a better world because he did.”
—Bishop John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious
 
“Church challenges us to see the light shining through the many windows of the cathedral of the world and to be receptive to the mysteries which abound in our lives . . . [A] fine compilation.”
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
 
“[Church] reminds us in so many words how lucky he and we are to be in the hands of a lovingly liberal God . . . This [book] feels like a swinging wide open of the doors of a dusty house and a letting in of sunshine and fresh air.”
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807006214
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 795,891
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction IX

Invocation: The Cathedral of the World XV

Book I God And Other Famous Liberals

Chapter 1 The Greatest Liberal of Them All 1

Chapter 2 Mother God 14

Book II The American Creed

Chapter 3 The Role of Religion in American Democracy 25

Chapter 4 The American Creed 28

Chapter 5 What Would Jefferson Do? 39

Chapter 6 America's Promise 44

Chapter 7 From Nationalism to Patriotism 48

Book III A Liberal Pulpit

Chapter 8 The Presidential Pulpit and Religious Politics 57

Chapter 9 The Commonwealth of God 64

Chapter 10 Fear and Terror 70

Chapter 11 Shall We Overcome? 78

Chapter 12 World Peace 2000 84

Chapter 13 Choose Life 91

Chapter 14 Evil and Sin 97

Chapter 15 Religion and the Body Politic 101

Book IV Universalism For the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 16 The Search for Meaning 109

Chapter 17 The Church of the Future in Light of the Past 114

Chapter 18 Universalism for the Twenty-first Century 120

Chapter 19 Emerson's Shadow 132

Chapter 20 There Is No Hell 140

Chapter 21 The Seven Deadly Virtues 143

Chapter 22 Home After Dark 149

Chapter 23 At Home in the Universe 157

Book V Love After Death

Chapter 24 Love and Death 167

Chapter 25 Love's Tribunal 181

Benediction: Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Going? 185

Acknowledgments 189

Credits 191

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