North Adams, MA (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
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.”
For a complete copy of the review, go to: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/r-e-markham/beyond-dogmatism/
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