Get In on Summer Book Discussion on “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others”
It’s not too late to get in on the summer book discussion with our priest. The selection is Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Brown Taylor. Those who wish to participate should secure their own copy of the text. This is an excellent read and quite relevant in our world today.
We’ll gather at Laurie’s Pizza on Wednesday, September 4 at noon to talk about Taylor’s book over lunch.
Just published in March of 2019, a short review by Publisher’s Weekly appears below.
In simple and sharp prose, Taylor (An Altar in the World), a former Episcopal priest who teaches religion at Piedmont College in Athens, Ga., explores how teaching an introductory religion course has influenced her own views on faith and Christianity. Told as a series of vignettes structured around her course tracing world religions— primarily Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism – through history, the book has an academic tone but also wonderfully imbues the mundane with meaning through descriptions of class field trips to mosques, temples, and shrines that incorporate student reports and anecdotes from class to illustrate the evolution of her students’ thinking and the changes brought by physically visiting sacred and holy places. Taylor tells her class that her real subject is “divine diversity” – the attempt to live peaceably and with convictions in a world where differing religions make wildly varying truth claims. Though the lessons and field trips touch on multiple faiths, Taylor’s meditations frequently morph into biblical exegesis as she applies the lessons of other religions to her own understanding of Christianity. For example, the openness of Buddhist monks prompts her to consider the similarities they share with Christian ascetics. For Taylor, religious strangers can be the best teachers, as they provide a new perspective on the human relationship with the divine, and, she reasons, a sophisticated theology of comparative religions should always be informed by on-the-ground research. Taylor’s fluid book, which includes a small, well-chosen bibliography, is a fine primer on interfaith studies. – Publisher’s Weekly, March 2019