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Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of…

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (edition 2019)

by Barbara Brown Taylor (Author)

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Describes the author's experiences teaching the world's religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia.
Title:Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
Authors:Barbara Brown Taylor (Author)
Info:HarperOne (2019), 256 pages
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Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor



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Taylor describes her experiences teaching a World Religions course and meditates on its meaning for her own spirituality. She finds much to admire in each of the five major world religions; so much so that a student feels compelled to drop her class because she wasn't pointing out where the non-Christian religions were in error. She envies the ferocious mysticism of the Sufis and the focus of Judaism on good works. She loves the imam who says that he does not want to convert them to Islam; he wants them to be better Christians, Hindus, or whatever they already are. She reflects on the need of some religions to make others wrong so that they can be right. Throughout she displays an admirable humility about her own knowledge and depth. That humility, I think, is what makes it possible for her to see the attractiveness in other ways of looking at God. In the end, her focus is on finding the best ways to love her neighbor, especially those neighbors who are spiritual strangers. ( )
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