The God Shift: Our Changing Perception of the Ultimate Mystery

The God Shift: Our Changing Perception of the Ultimate Mystery

by Adrian B. Smith
     
 

In all aspects of life - scientific, sociological, political, cultural, ethical, psychological - we no longer express ourselves nor understand our world as our forebears did even a hundred years ago. Yet we are expected to believe in and worship a God with concepts that have remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Hence the sense of unreality about God, about… See more details below

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In all aspects of life - scientific, sociological, political, cultural, ethical, psychological - we no longer express ourselves nor understand our world as our forebears did even a hundred years ago. Yet we are expected to believe in and worship a God with concepts that have remained unchanged since the Middle Ages. Hence the sense of unreality about God, about religion, about the Church. So begins Adrian Smith's insightful and challenging book, which argues that our very idea of God must be changed and brought up to date. Smith, who is a retired Catholic missionary priest, examines thirteen factors in our contemporary life that he believes require a shift in our perception of God - a shift that will ultimately make the reality of God central to our lives again. Smith believes that the Western world is becoming less and less religious but more and more spiritual, and that increasingly people no longer look to the traditional Churches for spiritual nourishment. It is to these people that Adrian Smith offers this book. He offers "a compass which I hope will assist spiritual explorers in the Christian tradition to locate where they are on their journey ..." Adrian Smith, MA, is the author of nine previous books. He is a retired Catholic missionary priest who is much in demand to teach on various aspects of spirituality. He lives in London.

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Library Journal
Smith, a Catholic missionary priest and author of The Christ, A Reason for Living and Hoping, and other books, has written an interesting reevaluation of traditional Catholic theologies, offering up 13 "factors" that require change in order for a "new paradigm" of human religion to emerge. Plainly influenced by Britain's radical humanists (but not quite of their color) and by Teilhard de Chardin as well, Smith concludes his work in a mystical vision of the future that is somewhat reminiscent of that of medieval mystic Joachim de Fiore. Readers who persist in this complex book will be rewarded. For most collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781904148470
Publisher:
Liffey Press
Publication date:
01/10/2005
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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