My seventh book, Life After Faith,
will be published in the next few weeks. Based on almost a half-century as an insider, it tells the story of my emergence from super-natural faith to practice a down-to-earth kind of "natural spirituality." This will not please extremists on either side of the divide!
Some atheists will throw garbage and some people of faith will throw prayers, but it's a personal story of leaving faith, ordination as a Protestant Minister and grounding myself in social work and teaching among many who see these debates as fairly meaningless. The book mines some still-radical ideas from Thomas Paine, John Muir, Frances Wright and Margaret Fuller (almost forgotten women heretics) as well as John Burroughs, Emerson, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche with a few nods to Greg Epstein and Sam Harris. Yet, among all the famous names there are wise and wacky people encountered in jails and on streets over many years of interfaith chaplaincy. This is one person's story told with both disappointment and delight tracing the journey from faith to reason--presenting the "change of address" leading from intense faith found in the "tents" of Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity to Philosophy and World Wisdom studies to Interfaith projects and on into the open fields and wild wilderness of Nature's classroom and sanctuary. Not a scholarly work, not a trash-tossing attack on religion, Life After Faith
seeks some positive, healthy, creative life options out beyond the theo-illogical battlelines and faith fences of the past. The book will be available from my author page