Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief

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Harper Collins, Apr 3, 2012 - Religion - 368 pages
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For many people, prayer is an essential part of daily life, connecting them with God, a force or the universe, bringing them, among other things, assistance and protection. Others cannot imagine being so dependent upon a concept they can neither justify nor comprehend.

In Amen, Gretta Vosper, United Church minister and author of the controversial bestseller With or Without God, offers us her deeply felt examination of worship beyond conventional prayer, and a call to a new tradition that can survive beyond the beliefs that divide.

 

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Contents

BUT IT FITS DOESNT IT?
BUT WEVE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY
7MOVING ON WITH THE VALUES
CONFRONTING THE CHALLENGE OF LANGUAGE
WHICH IS ITNEW WINESKINS OR NEW WINE?
THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH FOR STALLING
FIRST WE HAVE TO LET GO
PART FOURIN A WORLD BEYOND BELIEF

CORE CRITICAL
CORE GRADIENTS
CORE KEEPERS
FEEL THAT STRETCH
THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
THE SUBJECT AT FOLDED HANDS
THE ONES WHO DIDNT KEEP SILENT
3TRACING THE INFLUENCE OF CORE ASSUMPTIONS
NONTHEISM
REALITY CHECKS
SUPERNATURAL ASSUMPTIONS LEAD TO SUPERNATURAL EXPECTATIONS
IT WAS GOOD FOR ME WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
PART TWOIN A WORLDSTILL TIED TO BELIEFS
PRAYERIN THE AVERAGE CHURCH
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
THE UNITING CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
DENOMINATIONAL DILEMMA
5SUPERNATURAL ACTS
ADORATION
CONFESSION
THANKSGIVING
SUPPLICATION
CONTEMPORARY PRAYER STUDIES
FINAL ACTS
PART THREEIN A WORLDOF EXPOSED BELIEFS
6HANGING ON TO THE LANGUAGE
STILL HEARING VOICES? PINCH YOURSELF
BUT IT WORKS DOESNT IT?
YOU CANT GET THERE FROM HERE
8PRAYER NATURALLY
OVER TO USNATURALLY
THAT WOULD BE US AGAIN BUT
NO SUPERNATURAL HIGH
9NATURAL ACTS
ADORATION
CONFESSION
THANKSGIVING
SUPPLICATION
THE PRAYER FIX
LOOK UP LOOK WAAAAAAY UP
WHATS BIGGER THAN BIG?
PART FIVEIN A WORLD IN NEED
10EMPACT
FOUNDATION ISSUES
SPLIT VISION
BROADER VISTAS
SEEING BEYOND OURSELVES
WE ARE FAMILY
BEYOND KUMBAYA
PANGAEA
BUT WHAT OF PRAYER?
EMPACT
EPILOGUE
NOTES
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
About the Author
Advance Praise for Amen
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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GRETTA VOSPER is pastor of West Hill United Church in Toronto and founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, an organization that provides resources and support to those exploring the boundaries of Christian thought both

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