Can we reconcile our faith in light of current understandings of science and the possibilities of studying other faiths and cultures today? Does faith allow for new insights? Is our faith an ongoing journey? Dare we love God and our neighbors while incorporating new understandings? Holy Humanity answers all these questions with an unequivocal Yes!
"Here I think is the immense contribution of Holy Humanity-the integrity of the material order and its inherent spirituality. The relationship of and with God is deeply inscribed within this order, but we do not and cannot see it because we still see creation through the lens of violence and its many destructive forms. We can be grateful to Jim Foster for helping correct this brutal lens with all the skills of a master optician."--Tony Bartlett, author of Virtually Christian: How Christ Changes Human Meaning and Makes Creation New.
Michele Foulk, spiritual companion and God-seeker, shared this assessment: "All too often, our perceptions of God are limited by the box we try to fit Him into. This book offers perspective and knowledge from many sources across time and religions along with a continuum for opening our minds and hearts to God." The author has indeed drawn on a wide range of sources from science and religion and history to make the case that we all really are made of God stuff and bear all the innate characteristics of divinity. He has from science discerned these characteristics in our evolutionary history, in the miracles of our biology, and in the quantum reality of our material being. Theologically, he has explored the meaning of "soul" as "that-which-is-of-God in us," and has argued that our most besetting problem is not sin but a failure of identity--as a species we have forgotten who we are!
The author thus devotes a significant portion of Holy Humanity to describing the process of transformation through which ordinary people may become the extraordinary human beings God created in the first place, a process common to the mystical traditions of many of the world's religions. It is a process of rediscovering our identity--who we really are and always have been.
Probing the allied question, "who or what is God?", the author proposes that we have typically resorted to anthropomorphic language to express our concept of a God who is just like us, only bigger. His answer to the question is counter-intuitive, turning traditional answers on their head while incorporating many of the common superlative descriptions given by world religions.
The author, James L. Foster, has been a pastor, chaplain, advocate for the poor, peace activist, retreat director, spiritual mentor and writer for more than fifty years. He has studied biblical theology and languages at Midwestern and Central Baptist seminaries, and received a Masters degree in Christology from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He has worked for an Eastern Catholic Caribbean relief agency which classified him as a "Mennonite, Methodist, Baptist." His current spiritual home is the United Church of Christ. He now writes fulltime and is currently working on two books, Holonic Humanity: Visions of a Non-Dualistic World and Reflections on the Apostle Paul. He and his beloved wife of over half a century live in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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