Working on God

Winifred Gallagher, Author Random House (NY) $24.95 (352p) ISBN 978-0-679-44794-8
A self-described ""neoagnostic,"" Gallagher (Just the Way You Are) takes her readers with her as she ""works on God,"" her phrase for trying to find where religion fits in her life. On one hand, she finds the traditional Roman Catholicism in which she was reared too embarrassing for an intellectual to profess. On the other hand, she feels she needs some kind of spirituality to find meaning in life. Her approach is an eclectic one. Sampling Zen Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity, she tries to construct a religion tailored to her individual needs. Ultimately, she discovers her life is so saturated by Christian language and images that she must use them as her starting point. However, she refuses to accept the doctrine of Christ's atonement. Pointing out that many of Christianity's central tenets--Christ's divinity, Christ's participation in the Trinity--were not codified until the 3rd century, Gallagher feels justified in taking for herself the title ""Early Christian,"" as someone who can say only, ""Jesus is special, but I'm not sure just how special."" Gallagher's honesty and integrity will resonate with those who can acknowledge a ""resurrection experience"" but who can't quite profess the Resurrection. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.