Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

A Skeptic's Journey

Book - 2003
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Observing an encounter between Catholic and Buddhist monks in 1996 at the Abbey of Gethsemani, near where he grew up in rural Kentucky, Fenton Johnson found himself unable to make the sign of the cross. His distance from his childhood faith had become so great -- he considered himself a rational, skeptical man -- that he could not participate in this most basic ritual. Impelled by this troubling experience, Johnson began a search for the meaning of the spiritual life, a journey that took him from Gethsemani to the San Francisco Zen Center, through Buddhism and back to Christianity, from paralyzing doubt to a life-enriching faith.
Keeping Faith explores the depths of what it means for a skeptic to have and to keep faith. Johnson grew up with the Trappist monks, but rejected institutionalized religion as an adult. While living as a member of the Gethsemani community and the Zen Center, however, he learned to practice Christian rituals with a new discipline and studied Buddhist meditation, which brought him a new understanding of the deep relationship between sexuality and faith, body and spirit. Changed in profound ways, Johnson ultimately turned back to his childhood faith, now inflected with the accumulated wisdom of his journey.
Johnson interweaves memoir, the personal and often shocking stories of Buddhist and Christian monks, and a revealing history of the contemplative life in the West. He offers lay Christians an understanding of the origins and history of their contemplative traditions and provides the groundwork needed to challenge orthodox understandings of spirituality. No matter their backgrounds, readers will find Keeping Faith a work of great power and immediacy.


Baker & Taylor
The author of the award-winning Crossing the River recounts his spiritual journey from the abbey of Gethsemani to the San Francisco Zen Center, during which he explored world religions and considered his role as a faithful skeptic.

Baker
& Taylor

The author recounts his spiritual journey from the Abbey of Gethsemani to the San Francisco Zen Center, during which he explores world religions and considers his role as a faithful skeptic.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003
ISBN: 9780618004423
0618004424
Branch Call Number: B JOHNSON FENTON
B JOHNSON FENTON
Characteristics: xii, 324 p. ; 24 cm

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