A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

by Chris Highland


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A Freethinker’s Gospel is a collection of columns by Chris Highland, first published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from 2016-17. A former Protestant minister and prison chaplain, Highland is now a secular “freethinker” who muses on the natural world, on being a non-believer in a highly religious society, and the commonalities shared between religions.

This compilation of essays offers his reflections on interfaith work, the search for self-discovery, and the commonalities that bind us regardless of social, political, economic, or religious backgrounds. His insights about the marvelous structure of our natural world and what nature can teach us, and the way our society is structured, addressing humanism, the natural world, and sensitive issues of faith, are enlightening and challenging.

Chris Highland was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and lived for over 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was a Protestant minister and Interfaith chaplain for many years before becoming a Humanist celebrant.

With a degree in Religion and Philosophy from an evangelical Christian university (Seattle Pacific) and a Master of Divinity degree from a diverse consortium of seminaries (Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley), he has been active in “presence ministry” and nonprofit work in a private school, a county jail, homeless shelters, and affordable housing.

He is the author of ten books including Meditations of John Muir, My Address is a River, Life After Faith, the novella Jesus and John Muir, as well as an essay collection, Nature is Enough. He has taught courses on Nature Literature and Freethought in California and North Carolina.

Chris blogs at Secular Chaplain. As a member of The Clergy Project, he contributes to Rational Doubt on Patheos. Seeking wider connections, he also holds membership in the American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Religious Naturalist Association, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942016397
Publisher: Pisgah Press LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 839,806
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Secular Devotion Bubbles, Beliefs, and Religious Education Giving Thanks Adopting the Bethlehem Baby The Good beyond Us and Them When a Minister No Longer Believes Holy Books Secular Prayers One Nature Indivisible I Can’t Wait to See Heaven Other Rivers Nature of Humanism Climbing Out of Hell Secular Jesus Bridges to and from Belief Secular Holy Week Awakening to Sabbath Peeves, Goats and the Faith of Children Children and Their Questions of Faith Was Jesus Ever Wrong? Welcoming People Not Like You Faith Lessons from Olmsted Rivers across the Religious Landscape Here We Sit: the 500th Year of Luther’s Reformation No Secular Crusades Blessed Are the Poor? That Can’t Be Right Ingersoll: His Middle Name was Green The Face of Nature What Does it Mean to be a Religious Progressive? The Interfaith Alternative Seeing through Stevie Wonder’s Eyes Thoreau, Darwin, and Nature’s Book The Wisdom of Doubt Fostering Contemplation Mission: Compassion or Conversion? Is Your Family Divided by Faith? Bridging the God-Gap Francis of Assisi: Secular Saint? Seeing What We Need to See The Freethinking Gospel of Frances Wright When Suffering Comes to the Door Does Nature Care About Us? Climbing Beyond Scripture Theology for Beginners Kitty Hawk, Curiosity and an Ethic of Care Proverbs from the Sea-Island Gullah Walt Whitman, Chaplain Facing Disasters, with Faith or without Faith So You Don’t Believe in God—Then What? Why Some People Leave Faith

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