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Now in paperback the book that caused a religious and critically acclaimed stir. Publishers Weekly called it "the most original and insightful spiritual writing to come out of America since Jack Kerouac first hit the road." The Buffalo News hailed it as "one of the most eccentric and fascinating books of the year." O, The Oprah Magazine said "This collection proves that fear and trembling are human, but a sense of humor is divine."
Peter Manseau and Jeff Sharlet have created a work of calling that is as odd, moving, and inspiring as the people and the scriptures they encountered. Whether it is Manseau and Sharlet telling their "psalms" from outposts as unexpected as a strip club or a cattle-auction barn, Peter Trachtenberg unraveling the Gordian logic of Job via the Borscht Belt, Rick Moody finding a modern-day Jonah in Queens, or Haven Kimmel shocking and thrilling us with her Revelation, what emerges is not an attack on religion, but a quizzical, fascinating look at it from the inside. Killing the Buddha is a positively riveting look at the facets of true belief.
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About the Author
Peter Manseau is the author of Vows and coauthor of Killing the Buddha. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. A founding editor of the award-winning webzine KillingTheBuddha.com, he is now the editor of Search, The Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C., where he studies religion and teaches writing at Georgetown University.
Date of Birth:November 15, 1974
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Education:B.A., University of Massachusetts, 1996
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A character in one of the stories in this collection says, "But people use God in a wrong way." That sums up the theme of this book: People using God, the Bible and Jesus in a wrong way. It reveals the all too prevalent misinterpretations of the Bible that corrupt many faith organizations today. While the bible has been the driving force of much that is right in western culture, here we see the wrongs that are perpetrated in God's name. If you are not a person of faith it will reinforce your perception that people of faith are deluded. If you are a person of faith you will want to take a shower after reading it and then read some of the stories of compassion and love that have come out of the faith community. A fascinating sociological study of wacko religion.