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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Praise for the PBS Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly show:

“Finally something intelligent on TV about religion.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life as well as insightful glimpses of developments abroad.”—The Christian Science Monitor

In this thoughtful collection, extraordinary people who have been guests on the celebrated PBS show Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly describe how faith is possible amid the tragedy and senselessness of contemporary existence. Their insights on community, prayer, suffering, religious observance, the choice to live with or without a god, and the meanings that are gleaned from everyday life form an elegant meditation that acknowledges the desire to search for something beyond what we can see and measure.

Features over sixty contributors, including Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Studs Terkel, Madeleine L’Engle, Chris Hedges, Marilyn Robinson, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Thomas Lynch, Reverend Barbara Brown Taylor, Phyllis Tickle, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Dr. Francis Collins.

Bob Abernethy is the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which he developed and created for PBS in 1997. Before launching the series, he had served as a correspondent for NBC News for more than four decades, reporting from Washington, Los Angeles, London, and Moscow.

William Bole is a freelance journalist whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Commonweal magazine, and other outlets. He is also a research fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Review:

"Faith and doubt stand in loving tension in this splendid collection edited by Bole, a religion writer, and Abernethy, founder and host of the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The book draws from the extensive interviews the series has conducted with religious luminaries and writers, some of whom appear more than once. The interviews are loosely arranged into themes of prayer; suffering and the problem of evil; encountering religious pluralism; preparing for death and the afterlife; and the varieties of religious practice. Not all of the contributors describe themselves as religious ('You know what an agnostic is?' asks the agnostic near-centenarian Studs Terkel. 'A cowardly atheist'). Most of those profiled, however, have walked a long path of religious devotion, including Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Anne Lamott, William Sloane Coffin, Martin Marty, Frederica Mathewes-Green and Phyllis Tickle (PW's former contributing editor in religion). With such an amazing cast of characters, it's practically impossible to go wrong, and this collection doesn't miss a step. The section on suffering is particularly perceptive ('I know that where there is no suffering, nothing happens,' novelist Madeleine L'Engle says). This is a rich feast of accumulated wisdom." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Stellar thinkers wrestle with the meaning of life and death today

Synopsis:

PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which Bob Abernethy conceived and anchors, has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life . . ." by the Christian Science Monitor. "Finally," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "something intelligent on TV about religion." Now, together with his coauthor William Bole, Abernethy has turned his attention to making a book that asks all the big questions—and elicits the most surprising answers from a whos-who of todays serious religious and spiritual thinkers from across the spectrum of faiths and denominations.

In this thoughtful collection, extraordinary people give their personal and private accounts of their own spiritual struggle. Their insights on community, prayer, suffering, religious observance, the choice to live with or without a god, and the meanings that are gleaned from everyday life form an elegant meditation on the desire for something beyond what we can see and measure.

More than fifty contributors, including Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, The Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine LEngle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, and Marianne Williamson.

About the Author

Bob Abernethy is the executive editor and host of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, which he developed and created for PBS in 1997. William Bole is a journalist whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Commonweal magazine. He is a research fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583227589
Author:
Abernethy, Bob
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Foreword by:
Brokaw, Tom
Foreword:
Brokaw, Tom
Author:
Bole, William
Author:
Browkaw, Tom
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Meaning (philosophy)
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Meaning (Philosophy) -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 B&W photographs
Pages:
438
Dimensions:
9.00 x 7.00 in

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Product details 438 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583227589 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Faith and doubt stand in loving tension in this splendid collection edited by Bole, a religion writer, and Abernethy, founder and host of the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. The book draws from the extensive interviews the series has conducted with religious luminaries and writers, some of whom appear more than once. The interviews are loosely arranged into themes of prayer; suffering and the problem of evil; encountering religious pluralism; preparing for death and the afterlife; and the varieties of religious practice. Not all of the contributors describe themselves as religious ('You know what an agnostic is?' asks the agnostic near-centenarian Studs Terkel. 'A cowardly atheist'). Most of those profiled, however, have walked a long path of religious devotion, including Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Anne Lamott, William Sloane Coffin, Martin Marty, Frederica Mathewes-Green and Phyllis Tickle (PW's former contributing editor in religion). With such an amazing cast of characters, it's practically impossible to go wrong, and this collection doesn't miss a step. The section on suffering is particularly perceptive ('I know that where there is no suffering, nothing happens,' novelist Madeleine L'Engle says). This is a rich feast of accumulated wisdom." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Stellar thinkers wrestle with the meaning of life and death today
"Synopsis" by , PBS's Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, which Bob Abernethy conceived and anchors, has been described as "the best spot on the television landscape to take in the broad view of the spiritual dimension of American life . . ." by the Christian Science Monitor. "Finally," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle, "something intelligent on TV about religion." Now, together with his coauthor William Bole, Abernethy has turned his attention to making a book that asks all the big questions—and elicits the most surprising answers from a whos-who of todays serious religious and spiritual thinkers from across the spectrum of faiths and denominations.

In this thoughtful collection, extraordinary people give their personal and private accounts of their own spiritual struggle. Their insights on community, prayer, suffering, religious observance, the choice to live with or without a god, and the meanings that are gleaned from everyday life form an elegant meditation on the desire for something beyond what we can see and measure.

More than fifty contributors, including Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, The Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine LEngle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, and Marianne Williamson.

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