Faith: Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists

Edited by Victoria Zackheim. Atria/Beyond Words, $16 trade paper (288p) ISBN 978-1-58270-502-6
“Must we pray to express our faith?” asks author and editor Zackheim (The Bone Weaver) in the introduction to this collection of essays. “And must faith always be tied to God?” A diverse selection of writers offer an equally diverse set of views on those questions, with responses ranging from comedian David Misch’s argument for reason and responsibility over spirituality, to Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith’s case for interfaith collaboration as a humanitarian alternative to fascism and strife. Despite the wide variety of the writers’ perspectives, some common ideas emerge. Many of the writings, especially those on the loss or rediscovery of faith, concern the difference between faith as it is taught by organized religions and as it is experienced in everyday life; believers and nonbelievers alike caution against the dehumanization that is a consequence of dogmatism. The strongest tests of faith recounted here come in the face of tragedy: incurable illness, brutality, and death leave no recourse but transformative grace, whether human or divine. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/08/2014
Release date: 02/24/2015
Genre: Religion
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