God Laughs & Plays: Churchless Sermons in Response to the Preachments of the Fundamentalist Right (Google eBook)

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Triad Institute, Inc., 2007 - Nature - 231 pages
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In this multiple award-winning and bestselling diagnosis of the contemporary American spirit, David James Duncan suggests that the de facto political party embodied by the so-called “Christian Right” has turned worship into a self-righteous betrayal of the words and example of the very Jesus it claims to praise. In a bracing and often hilarious response to this trend, God Laughs & Plays offers “churchless sermons,” stories, memoir, conversations, and cosmological reflections that scorn riches and embrace the poor; bless peacemakers, not war-makers; celebrate creation, diversity, empathy, playfulness and beauty; and insist that Divine Mystery is indeed mysterious and compassion is literally compassionate. The spiritual kingdom described by Jesus, this unusual book reminds us, is located not "in the Sky" or beyond a disastrous future, but within us, to be sought and embodied in the here and now.
  

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This was a great collection of sermons and essay. They all contain Duncan's fire, humor and literary prose that captures imagination. Duncan does a good job of broadening our view of who God is. He ... Read full review

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User Review  - Onewifeonly - Goodreads

I would be considered part of the fundamental religious right and the work stretched my mind like few others works have. challenged some presuppositions, exposed some narrow-mindednesss. Can't expect much more from a book. Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
ix
Bush Administration Sacks Narnia Authors Preface
xiii
Wonder Yogi Gladly
5
Unsaying the Word God
17
What Fundamentalists Need for Their Salvation
33
When Compassion Becomes Dissent
57
Ashes Dirt
77
Christian Matters I
89
DeboreHA
139
Romeo Shows Jamey the Door
149
Are Salmon Holy?
163
Christian Matters II
171
The Only Son
185
Nonfiction vs Fiction vs Cosmic Illusion
189
Assailed
199
Authors Acknowledgments
229

No Great Things
105
Agony Hilarity
129

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Page xiii - The question before the human race is, whether the God of Nature shall govern the •world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles...

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In this multiple award-winning and bestselling diagnosis of the contemporary American spirit, David James Duncan suggests that the de facto political party embodied by the so-called “Christian Right” has turned worship into a self-righteous betrayal of the words and example of the very Jesus it claims to praise. In a bracing and often hilarious response to this trend, God Laughs & Plays offers “churchless sermons,” stories, memoir, conversations, and cosmological reflections that scorn riches and embrace the poor; bless peacemakers, not war-makers; celebrate creation, diversity, empathy, playfulness and beauty; and insist that Divine Mystery is indeed mysterious and compassion is literally compassionate. The spiritual kingdom described by Jesus, this unusual book reminds us, is located not "in the Sky" or beyond a disastrous future, but within us, to be sought and embodied in the here and now.

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