The God Makers

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AuthorHouse, Jul 13, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 164 pages
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A disembodied spirit that actually was encountered by the author, and an informed view of the development of the church, blend to create a tale of mind and mystery that challenges traditional views of church doctrines and authority. The author readily acknowledges that many people may not believe the story. He admits that he had difficulty believing it even while he was living it. Yet, he insists that he tells it precisely as it occurred. Other, he says, because of their life experience will have no difficulty in accepting and following the tale. At the root of the theological dialogue that runs throughout the story is the question: "What gives a minister or priest the right to proclaim a greater understanding of Deity than a working person who has dealt with and reflected upon the complexities of life?" In doing so, the author, who holds a doctorate in church history, lifts many little-known facts about the development of the early church. The open-minded, spiritual seekers will find this book a delight.

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About the author (2009)

The ordained ministry was a later incarnation for the author. His early “incarnations” ranged from a young jazz musician wannabe, to an artillery officer who served in Korea, to a partner in a boat business. His entrance into the ordained ministry came quite unexpectedly when he was thirty. He received an irresistible, mystical call that caused him to sell his home, dissolve a partnership and return to acquire the intellectual tools that would prepare him for his new profession. He chose to focus on early church history and the Reformation era because he believes some ideas of those eras were “set in stone” instead of remaining flexible. As a consequence many of those outdated teaching tend to turn off those who either have not been conditioned to accept them or have explored them and discarded them as irrelevant. On his way to a doctorate he was given practically every academic scholarship the seminary and national church offered. To repay this Dick has offered his services, part-time, to a variety of colleges and seminaries while serving in the full-time parish ministry. Along the way he joined Mensa as a means for keeping his mind honed. However, his passion burns brightest when he has a clarinet in hand and a jazz pianist nearby. Dick is married to the former Diane Schleicher of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Together they have three lovely daughters, Deborah, Cynthia, and Crystal and seven grandchildren.

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