I thought Lesley Hazleton s book Agnostic
A Spirited Manifesto Was A Very Refreshing Spirited Manifesto was a very refreshing A brilliantly and beautifully written book that will open wide the doors of perception the mind of the reader leaving him or her with a different view of the worlda world with no boundaries and with infinite possibilities and no confining beliefs myths and dogmas Definitely a book that will appeal to everyone on the religious spectrum Highly recommendWon this book in a oodreads iveaway I ve been reading through
the Dewey Decimal numbers related to religion for my Dewey Decimal challenge Dewey Decimal numbers related to religion for my Dewey Decimal challenge far I ve read books on cults a memoir and some narrative nonfiction which had little to do with mainstream religion
also read a book on Catholicism that was interesting but that definitely t relate to my own beliefs I ve been trying to push myself outside my comfort zone and I think I could still do of that However with this book I wanted to learn about a perspective I agree with Although I d describe myself as agnostic I probably know less about agnostics as a roup than I do about many religions I picked up this collection of essays on agnosticism s answers or lack thereof to the big uestions to help remedy that ap in my knowledgeI related to this book less than I expected to I certainly agree with the wikipedia definition of agnosticism the view that the existence of God of the divine or the supernatural is unknown or unknowable The author of this book took that concept in some directions that didn t work for me For instance she seems to relish uncertainty and believe it enhances the awe we can feel for the supernatural I acknowledge the existence of uncertainty but actively dislike it She was also vehemently against peop. A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant engaging and ultimately the most honest stance toward the mysteries of existence One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits who speaks for the millions who find no joy in.
I also read a book on Catholicism that was interesting but that definitely
Lesley Hazleton ò 0 ReviewIginal thoughts aren t here Ah yes I remember that I was a
victim of the disappearing review and this is the one that I sentof the disappearing review and this is the one that I sent disgust and disappointmentLet me say that Lesley s voice is captivating and such a pleasure to listen to it lifts me She reads it as well as if
were speaking to you alone and she s a very ood writer clear compassionate and thoughtful It s NOT EVERYONE BUT IT DOES MERIT SERIOUS ATTENTION AND everyone but it does merit serious attention and found it easier to listen than to read it I did both I listened twice though And I will again The book was slight Wide margins larger print few original ideas rather uotes from well known thinkers with the author s thoughts on their ideas plus personal anecdotes used to illustrate points which makes it less a manifesto and a memoir Nice to read anything on agnosticism at all and Lesley is a lovely writer I d like something but this is fine A lovely meditation on appreciating ambiguity This thoughtfully written book is not here to change your views on spirituality It is not here to try and convert you to agnosticism It is here to explore the idea of agnosticism and to defend the view as something than a scapegoat I would highly recommend this book to anyone with any degree of faith whether you re a diehard Christian or a diehard atheist or somewhere in between It is an easy read and extremely meaningful I finished it in two days because I could not put it down interesting read if you have an open mind and are willing to ponder infinity and the universe I really liked this book it made me think and both the subject matter and writing style were excellent I borrowed it from my local public library but hope to actually purchase this in the not too distant future Definitely recommended. Curiosity and passion the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be Inspired and inspiring Agnostic recasts the uestion of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing open ended adventure of the mind. Le being certain of pretty much anything Ishe were speaking to you alone and she s a very ood writer clear compassionate and thoughtful It s not
Found That Insistence Certaintythat insistence certainty anyone who is certain is wrong at least as off putting as someone trying to convert me to their religionI did think this book was well written and served as a ood introduction to agnosticism It is clearly the author s personal views on religion rather than an objective history of agnosticism and includes many of her own experiences I didn t find it less useful for that reason and enjoyed the personal perspective If you don t like books that surprise you by containing memoir elements however be forewarned I think it s worth mentioning that the author ently mocks the certainties of some mainstream religions It wasn t enough
I found it offensive or since it was enerally in support of a particular argument she was making It might be off putting to someone who is religious but I d suggest iving this short book a try if you re curious about theTHAT I FOUND IT OFFENSIVE OR
topic and bailing if it doesn t work for you This reviewand bailing if it doesn t work for you This review published at Doing Dewey Very satisfactory readThis is exactly the type of book I love It was like a conversation with a friend about ideas and concepts that aren t part of every day banter A very timely read as out culture struggles with the concept of religions role in society and the rise of the spiritual non religious I love this book It took me a couple of weeks to read it and I liked it so much I m working through it again Lesley Hazelton puts in to words so many thoughts that have entertained me without being codified for so many years I like thinking about whether I agree or might have come to a different conclusion in each of the eight chapters Food for thought indeedUpdate I was just noticing that my or. Whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yesno choice Lesley Hazleton does In this provocative brilliant book she ives voice to the case for agnosticism breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered down atheism or amorphous “seeking” and celebrates it as a reasoned revealing and sustaining stance toward life Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction she draws on philosophy theology psychology science and to explore with.