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ISBN: 0688160654
Author: Gregg Easterbrook
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (September 23, 1998)
Pages: 320
Category: Bible Study & Reference
Subcategory: Bibles
Rating: 4.5
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Gregg Easterbrook is an award-winning journalist and the author of This Magic Moment and A Moment on the Earth. Easterbrook tackles the lofty subject of God from the Bible and pulls Him down-to-earth in a way that can be understood by ordinary lay folk.

Gregg Easterbrook is an award-winning journalist and the author of This Magic Moment and A Moment on the Earth. He lives in Washington, . You don't have to be a priest or a religious nut to enjoy and benefit from this book. A great read for anyone interested in spirituality, religion, and the question as to just who/what is God?

Easterbrook tackles the lofty subject of God from the Bible and pulls Him down-to-earth in a way that can be understood by ordinary lay folk. Published on October 13, 1999.

Easterbrook tackles the lofty subject of God from the Bible and pulls Him down-to-earth in a way that can be understood by ordinary lay folk. I became familiar with Mr. Easterbrook'.

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Spiritual life, Religion, Controversial literature, Religion - Biblical Studies, Spirituality - General, Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - General, Mind, body, spirit: mysticism & self-awareness, Religion, General, Christianity, General, Biblical teaching, Monotheism, Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General, Bible. New York : W. Morrow & Co.

Explores the Scriptures in depth and delves into the mysteries of faith in a spiritual odyssey that records events in time and challenges popular religious concepts in society today.

Easterbrook reads much into the Bible's failure to declare God omnipotent; but that silence is less an oblique sanction to humanize the divine than a sign of how little interested the biblical writers were in abstract metaphysical concepts

Easterbrook reads much into the Bible's failure to declare God omnipotent; but that silence is less an oblique sanction to humanize the divine than a sign of how little interested the biblical writers were in abstract metaphysical concepts. The larger difficulty with a progressive view of the biblical God is that it must ignore too many countervailing passages: already mercy is stronger than wrath in the early Exodus version of the Ten Commandments, and wrath is rampant in the late New Testament book of Revelation

He has authored ten books (six nonfiction, one of humor, and three literary novels), and writes for op-ed pages, magazines, and journals. Gregg Easterbrook was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of George Easterbrook, a dentist, and Vimy Hoover Easterbrook, a teacher. Easterbrook attended Kenmore West High School in Tonawanda, New York.

Yes, says Gregg Easterbrook in this provocative and probing new book

Yes, says Gregg Easterbrook in this provocative and probing new book. In the tradition of Jack Miles's God A Biography and the work of Karen Armstrong, Beside Still Waters ponders the question "Is there anything left to believe in?" Gregg Easterbrook persuasively argues that rationality and outright doubt are inevitable and indeed vital elements of spiritual faith

Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Haiku and Other Whimsical Observations to Help You Understand the Modern Game, Universe (New York, NY), 2001. SIDELIGHTS: Gregg Easterbrook is the author of This Magic Moment: A Love Story for People Who Want the World to Make Sense, a novel about a well-meaning civil engineer who suffers a crisis of conscience when a dam that he helped design collapses and kills a worker. The engineer, Warren Gifford, a man with a strict moral code, is disdainful of those who shirk life's responsibilities.

"Fascinating, elegant . . . [Easterbrook] invests the timeless question of life's meaning with distinctly contemporary pertinence."--George Will, Newsweek

Yes, says Gregg Easterbrook in this provocative and probing new book. In the tradition of Jack Miles's God A Biography and the work of Karen Armstrong, Beside Still Waters ponders the question "Is there anything left to believe in?" Gregg Easterbrook persuasively argues that rationality and outright doubt are inevitable and indeed vital elements of spiritual faith. Other new and important ideas about spiritual thought include the challenging observation that the Bible never actually proclaims God omnipotent -- a concept, Easterbrook suggests, that arose through the sociology and politics of religion, nor Scripture. Bucking the current trend to undermine the Bible's historical value, he affirms that it is neither simple myth nor mere literature, but rather it records many genuine events that can be seen to chart a spiritual journey not only of man but also of God.

A thought-provoking book for anyone who believes that true faith can and should accommodate sincere doubt, Beside Still Waters addresses some of the central spiritual issues of a profoundly skeptical age.

Comments:

Cesar
Written in a conversational, "non-preachy" style, this book explores the question of what it means to have faith (or to look for a reason to believe) in the modern world. The author limits himself to the Judeo-Christian tradition, exploring obstacles to belief that may arise from the more problematic parts of the Bible -- particularly God's wrathful "smiting" of his enemies (and even, sometimes, his friends). The heart of the book is an extended discussion of the possibility of an evolving God who is neither all-knowing nor all-powerful. Much of this material parallels Jack Miles's GOD: A BIOGRAPHY (written, apparently, at around the same time), though Easterbook's treatment is more concise and focused, and covers the New Testament along with the Old. The development of God from vengeful warrior-king to peaceful redeemer is certainly a story of great interest, although one could (perhaps more plausibly) see it as a record of the moral improvement of human beings whose writings reflect God in their own image. (Edith Hamilton's excellent SPOKESMEN FOR GOD, out of print but worth finding, presents the issue from this perspective.) Easterbrook's thesis is provocative, and he states it in a clear, readable style, with wit and subtlety. A worthwhile book that leaves you feeling that you've just had an extended philosophical conversation with an intelligent and sympathetic friend.
Brannylv
This book begins with a wonderful identification of the current state of spirituality. It does however get bogged down into a longer than necessary prooftext against omnipotence. What is a shame is the fact that I thought Phillip Yancey's exploration and explanation in Disappointment With God on the same subject was heartfelt and plausible. The theory in this book meanders a bit and is not as interesting and heartfelt.
I respect the fact that it is virtually impossible to write a book on spirituality without your own bias surfacing, but the author does seem to have a works-oriented bias. His criticism of Luther's "Salvation exclusively by faith" is perhaps among the oldest criticisms of faith in grace and forgiveness vs. punishment and judgment. If grace runs around loose we fear some might take advantage of it and we won't have any reason to work on our "moral" behavior. This is the ever-present gray area of Christianity. I would love to see a book on this subject that addresses this gray area head on. For excellent books on grace, refer to Max Lucado, Phillip Yancey, and Brennan Manning.
I will have to give the author credit for a conclusion that is practical - whether you prefer it or not. For a book on spirituality, that is not an easy task. Then again, it sure beats a lifetime of contemplation.
Cerar
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who like myself has always had an urge to believe that there was a God and that life is not as meaningless as many modern scientists seem to think it is but are unable to believe in the God presented in most conservative and even mainline protestant churches. Although the author doesn't elude to it in the title, this book is definitely written from a very Christian(liberal Christian) perspective, which is what I was looking for. Especially of interest to me was Easterbrooks proposed explanations for some of the appauling events in the Old Testament that had always been a stumbling block to my belief in Christianity. Also facinating was the possibilities he raised regarding the omnipotence of God. Of course there is probably nothing in this book that could not be found in other volumes by other authors but I quite liked the way that Gregg Easterbrook put it all together and made it very accesible. Although I don't quite agree with all of the authors propositions I would definitely recommend this book highly.
Phenade
This book is a spiritual journey. It begins with some of the many valid reasons for questioning Faith, including the history of thoughts and concepts, the current state of scientific knowledge about how the Universe was created. It continues on into what the Bible says and what it does NOT say about some important Faith concepts which we generally assume are supported in the Bible because they are repeated so often today, but were actually created by people for the convenience and sanctioning of church and state leaders politics and power.
It continues on to show how God evolved in relating to humans from the Genesis through the early and middle Old Testament where God was very jealous of other gods, greatly interested in religious rituals, and regularly used miracles to accomplish God's work, much of which was savage in killing of thousands of people, including even appearing in and leading battles for the Nation of Israel. (This is NOT a pretty story, but it is the HIStory of the same God we worship and adore today for unbounded love for each of us.) In the late Old Testament, culminating in the New Testament, God, and Jesus, as God's voice on Earth, evolved to using only healing miracles and messages of God's love and Need for love from all people.

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