Spiritual Envy

Spiritual Envy

An Agnostic's Quest

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Takes readers on an exploration of morality, mortality, why we do good and why evil sometimes triumphs to challenge readers to start a conversation about God and ask questions--no matter how inconclusive the answers.

Perseus Publishing
As the host of one of National Public Radio’s most popular interview programs, Michael Krasny has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topic and discussing life’s most important questions with the foremost thinkers of our time. Now he brings his wide-ranging knowledge and perceptive intelligence to a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of belief — and lack of belief.

Many books and pundits advocate for a specific God, while others adamantly declare there is no God. Yet these strident viewpoints often speak right past each other, rarely convincing anyone but the already convinced. In Spiritual Envy, Krasny helps believers and nonbelievers alike understand their own questions about faith and religion, about God and human responsibility.

Krasny challenges each of us to look closely at faith and its power, and to examine the positive and negative aspects of religion as expressed in culture, literature, and human relationships. Personal and universal, timely and timeless, this is a deeply wise yet warmly welcoming conversation, an invitation to ask one’s own questions — no matter how inconclusive the answers.

Book News
Agnosticism doesn't say there is no God; it says that God's existence or nonexistence can't be proven. In this exploration of belief, Krasny, host of the popular public radio talk show Forum with Michael Krasny, draws on the voices and opinions of Forum guests as well as literary greats, famous scientists, and even popular music to examine questions of faith, religion, and human responsibility. Written in a conversational style for general readers, the book intertwines Krasny's reflections on his own experiences with faith and religion, as one who came of age during the 1950s and 60s, with discussion of the positive and negative aspects of religion expressed in culture, literature, and human relationships. Spiritual envy, according to the author, refers to "envy of the consolation of faith, of knowing a higher purpose, or possessing answers, or even being convinced that they can be discovered." The book includes a one-paragraph foreword by Joyce Carol Oates. The author teaches English at San Francisco State University Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Provides direction for believers and non-believers on understanding their own questions about faith, religion, God, and human responsibility.

Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, 2010
ISBN: 9781577319122
Branch Call Number: 211.7 KRA
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 23 cm


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