Kirkus Reviews Gives a Positive Critique of R.E. Markham’s "Beyond Dogmatism: How Mystery Matters," Calling it “A Refreshing Read” with “Abundant Food for Thought.”

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Kirkus Reviews gives a positive critique of R. E. Markham’s book of essays, "Beyond Dogmatism: How Mystery Matters," calling it “a refreshing read” with “abundant food for thought.” The essays challenge fundamentalist views on God, Jesus, heaven and hell, sin and salvation, and show how Progressive Christianity has much to say about love, power, justice, and the tension between individual and community. Drawing heavily upon his own experience, Markham uses personal anecdotes to illustrate his major themes and argues that greater awareness of what he calls “ultimate mystery” can undermine the dogmatism fueling so many religious and secular conflicts.

Kirkus Reviews gives a positive critique of R.E. Markham’s book of essays, "Beyond Dogmatism: How Mystery Matters." Says Kirkus:

“….Drawing heavily from his own experience, Markham argues against fundamentalist beliefs. Instead, he regards religion (primarily Christianity) as a guide and metaphor rather than a set of iron-clad rules and truths in a well-rounded, deeply considered purview. Markham pulls in many modern thinkers. . . .as part of an unaggressive readable narrative that will be palatable to even the most rabidly dogmatic believers. Markham sees God as unknowable yet nonetheless inspiring. Heaven is a state of being where one is connected to the divine presence whereas hell is a state of disconnect—as opposed to a reward or punishment-based delineation for adhering to a particular set of beliefs. He believes the soul is not a separate self but an awareness of the interconnectedness of all being. . . . Markham’s grounding in religious practices makes for a refreshing read, and the earnest, lucid prose invites readers to consider their own beliefs. Unlike some works that challenge faith, this title considers all sides of the issue, including a fair, thoughtful dialogue between a fundamentalist and a secular agnostic.

Abundant food for thought for anyone who thinks religions should build more bridges and fewer walls.”

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