Synopses & Reviews
Evangelical Zen is part Augustine’s Confessions and part Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Here Paul Louis Metzger, an Evangelical Christian, reflects on his
spiritual journey — an inner pilgrimage of sorts that weaves through a
physical forty-day journey with his family to Japan. The experiences of
that journey, the beauties of Japan, its culture, and its religion
become for him a lens on a deeper quest: here he is searching for and,
he believes, finding a global humanity in conversation with Kyogen, his
"A brave, intimate exploration of what it means to have faith, to live
that faith, and to meet the world in its multitudinous beauty. Paul
Louis Metzger walks his talk." Sallie Jiko Tisdale, Author of Women of the Way: Discovering 2,500 Years of Buddhist Wisdom
"This book will delight all pilgrims seeking light for the path." Thomas John Hastings, Japan International Christian University Foundation, New York City
"This is a 'must read' for anyone concerned with issues of the gospel and
cultural or religious others in our globalizing world." Harold A.
Netland, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
About the Author
Paul Louis Metzger, Ph.D. is Professor of Theology
& Culture and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture:
New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah University and Seminary in
Portland, OR. He is the author of numerous books, including Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths.
Kyogen Carlson served as Abbot of Dharma Rain Zen
Center, Portland, OR and as former president of the Soto Zen Buddhist
Association. He authored the book Zen in the American Grain: Discovering the Teachings at Home.