“Man Seeks God” by Eric WeinerApril 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
Tags: Eric Weiner, Raëlism, Woody Allen
What sounds like a heavy book is really beach reading for the Woody Allen set. Eric Weiner, formerly a well-know correspondent for NPR, is a guilt-ridden non-practicing Jew who takes us on a mostly fun trip to find a religion that he can buy into. There are, I learned, thousands of religions and here are the ones he dipped his thorny beak into:
- Franciscans (Catholic)
Of the group you may be wondering about Wicca and Raëlism. Wicca is witchcraft and Weiner is more sympathetic than you’d think. He really finds a warm if skeptical spot in his heart for the witches. Raëlism, though, is a trip.
Raëlism was founded by a very much alive French prophet and they are great believers in flying saucers, free love and have the wonderful propensity to go topless right in the middle of their curious services. Even here, Weiner, while not sold, finds some things of value.
So, does he choose one? Well, he seems to take something from all of them (meditation from the Buddhists) but warms up the most to the one closest to his lineage, Kabbalah.
Man Seeks God is worth reading if you are the searching type, as I am.