The Ordinary God: Notes from the Far West of Ireland (Paperback)Hilary Wakeman (author)
Paperback 180 Pages / Published: 01/11/2009
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A bible discussion group, parishioners of various ages, was getting tied up in knots on a rather basic subject - God. In frustration, one woman said to another, 'But, what sort of God are you talking about?'. The other woman looked puzzled. 'Just the ordinary, everyday God,' she said. That is what this book is about. The ordinary, everyday God. The 'God' that comes instinctively to most of us. If we've had a religious education, from schools or parents, we may need to drop a lot of stuff that has been drilled into us. If what we think we know about God doesn't feel right, or doesn't feel true, then it probably isn't right and isn't true. Like love, this is a subject where we do better to trust our gut feelings. The essays in this book come largely from that point of view. Most of them appeared in the "Southern Star" newspaper over a two year period beginning in September 2007. They were written for the ordinary people of West Cork, a people for whose down-to-earthness the author has had a huge respect since coming here in 1996 as the rector of the furthest south-west parish of the Church of Ireland. What West Cork people really think about things is often learned from what they choose not to say, but must be read non-verbally. These articles were written for Catholics and Protestants, and the people in-between and outside, for anyone who is interested in the difference between religion and spirituality, or in what our churches are doing...or not doing...or might do in the future. Subjects addressed in this title include: whether it's right to pray for a parking space; how to celebrate Christmas if you think you're no longer a Christian; planning your own funeral; nuns celebrating Samhain; charity shops; God and gardens; living in the 'Now'; sharing the Eucharist; homosexuality; angels; climate change; and, the future for Christianity.
Publisher: The Liffey Press
Number of pages: 180
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