“Man Seeks God” by Eric Weiner

April 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
Tags: , ,

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:

  • Sufism
  • Buddhism
  • Franciscans (Catholic)
  • Raëlism
  • Taoism
  • Wicca
  • Shamanism
  • Kabbalah

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.

2 Comments »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. This sounds like something that is right up my alley. I plan to go on to study Religious Studies in school, and I’m doing an article series that has a bit of learning like this to it. I’d probably enjoy the book immensely.

    That’s what I like about talking to you and reading your blog. Always new discoveries and gems to read/listen to!

    • I do recommend the book. I actually listened to it and in this case it was helpful as the author read it himself and his “voice” comes through.

      I really appreciate you reading and commenting!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. | The Pool Theme.
Entries and comments feeds.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 150 other followers

%d bloggers like this: