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Opening the Doors of Wonder: Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage

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Publisher Comments:

"A wonderful, important book. Opening the Doors of Wonder will go far toward helping us understand one another. This is a much-needed venture in our post-9/11 age."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

"It may be easier for a camel to squeeze through the eye of a needle than for a spiritual seeker to enter a religious tradition with their psyche intact. Magida explores the varied processes of initiation among an eclectic cross-section of notables that include Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. His lively portraits of transformation demonstrate both the losses and gains that come with the struggle to find religious meaning within a community. This book promises to stir up powerful memories and reframe the challenge of living faithfully within a world of competing, often conflicting religious claims."—Dr. Christopher M. Leighton, Executive Director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies

"Inside this wonderful book, renowned rabbis, zen priests, authors and even comics and cartoonists recall the religious rites of passage that have shaped their lives. Through the humor and pathos of their stories, we are offered a vital, very readable investigation of our society's current spiritual condition. I highly recommend Opening the Doors of Wonder. In whatever way you can, walk on through."—Wes Nisker, Buddhist meditation teacher, journalist, author of Essential Crazy Wisdom

"This fascinating book airs out a multitude of responses to a spiritual topic that we avoid at our peril—the presence (or lack) of rites of passage in modern America. Magida's style is often poetic, and his interviews reveal, often in surprising ways, how deeply, and often how invisibly, people of all faiths are influenced by religion's rituals and ceremonies. Moreover, they show how the failure or disappointment of our rites of passage can affect the way we deal with transition for the rest of our lives."—Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and Once and Future Myths

Synopsis:

Magida explores the varied process of initiation into the religious beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists, among others.

Synopsis:

This bold, pioneering book explores rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them. Arthur J. Magida explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and actual practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies. In rare interviews, renowned artists and intellectuals such as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, holistic guru Deepak Chopra, singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, cartoonist Roz Chast, interfaith maven Huston Smith, and many more talk intimately about their religious backgrounds, the rites of passage they went through, and how these events shaped who they are today.

Magida compares these coming of age ceremonies' origins and evolution, considers their ultimate meaning and purpose, and gauges how their meaning changes with individuals over time. He also examines innovative rites of passage that are now being "invented" in the United States. Passionate and lyrical, this absorbing book reveals our deep, ultimate need for coming-of-age events, especially in a society as fluid as ours.

Conversations with: Bob Abernethy, Huston Smith, Julia Sweeney, Roz Chast, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Elie Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Coleman Barks, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), And others

About the Author

Arthur J. Magida is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and author of The Rabbi and the Hit Man, Prophet of Rage, and How to Be a Perfect Stranger.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Introduction: Sometimes, the Magic Works

PART ONE CHRISTIANITY: SOLDIERS FOR CHRIST

1. The Descent of the Spirit

2. Bob Abernethy: No Fundamental, Life-Changing Experience

3. Chinua Achebe: What Makes Someone Give Up Their Religion?

4. Huston Smith: Religion Saturated the House

5. Julia Sweeney: That Soldier-of-Christ, Slap-across-the-Face Stuff Is Sick

6. Jim Zogby: The Walmart-ization of the Church

PART TWO JUDAISM: WOULD ANNE FRANK SING KARAOKE?

7. What, Really, Is a Man?

8. Leon Botstein: Im Tone Deaf to Belief

9. Roz Chast: I Was Like a Spy. Like a Closet Jew

10. Rabbi Harold Kushner: I Wanted To Make My Parents Proud

11. Letty and Abigail Pogrebin, Mother and Daughter: “You Are a Woman” Meant “You Do the Dishes”

12. Ram Dass: Mushrooms Gave Me What I Could Have Had at My Bar Mitzvah

13. Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin: Israel and I Came of Age Together

14. Elie Wiesel: I Am Not Gods Policeman

PART THREE HINDUISM: COMING TO BRAHMAN, KNOWING NIRVANA

15. The Thread of Life

16. Deepak and Gotham Chopra, Father and Son: Religion Is Frequently Idiotic

PART FOUR BUDDHISM: ORIGINAL PERFECTION VERSUS ORIGINAL SIN

17. Waking Up

18. Roshi John Daido Loori: Born a Buddha. Die a Buddha

19. Robert Thurman: I Looked Like Henry Miller in Drag

PART FIVE ISLAM: SEVEN ESSENTIAL WORDS

20. Allah Is One

21. Coleman Barks: Just Being Sentient Is Cause for Rapture

22. Dr. Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens): Floating on a Cloud of Mercy

23. Michael Wolfe: I Feel Like a Monotheist with Extra Credentials

Epilogue: Would Anyone Riding by on a Horse Even Notice?

Notes

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520245457
Subtitle:
Reflections on Religious Rites of Passage
Author:
Magida, Arthur J
Author:
Magida, Arthur J.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religions
Subject:
Ritual
Subject:
Rites and ceremonies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080416
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 0.13 lb

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This bold, pioneering book explores rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them. Arthur J. Magida explains the underlying theologies, evolution, and actual practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies. In rare interviews, renowned artists and intellectuals such as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, holistic guru Deepak Chopra, singer Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), actress/comedienne Julia Sweeney, cartoonist Roz Chast, interfaith maven Huston Smith, and many more talk intimately about their religious backgrounds, the rites of passage they went through, and how these events shaped who they are today.

Magida compares these coming of age ceremonies' origins and evolution, considers their ultimate meaning and purpose, and gauges how their meaning changes with individuals over time. He also examines innovative rites of passage that are now being "invented" in the United States. Passionate and lyrical, this absorbing book reveals our deep, ultimate need for coming-of-age events, especially in a society as fluid as ours.

Conversations with: Bob Abernethy, Huston Smith, Julia Sweeney, Roz Chast, Harold Kushner, Ram Dass, Elie Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Coleman Barks, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), And others

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