Buddhist Jews. Christian Sufis. Goddess worshipers. There's a supermarket of religions out there, and millions of spiritual seekers are shopping. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, how one man rediscovered Judaism through Zen meditation. Also, some tips on writing your spiritual autobiography.
Thomas Cahill, author of "How the Irish Saved Civilization," "The Gifts of the Jews," and now "Desire of the Everlasting Hills," tells Jim Fleming that Jesus' message was one of revolutionary kindness which threatened Church authorities right from the beginning. Also, Dan Wakefield, author of the spiritual memoirs "Returning" and "How Do We Know When It's God?" tells Steve Paulson about his workshops where he teaches people how to write their spiritual autobiographies. And Jim Fleming reads from the journals of Trappist monk Thomas Merton, whose "The Seven Story Mountain" is one of the best known spiritual autobiographies of the century.SEGMENT 2:
Alan Lew is a leading figure in alternative Judaism. He tells Steve Paulson about his many years of Buddhist study and meditation and how that practice led him back to his own Jewish faith. Lew is the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom in San Francisco and the author of "One God Clapping."SEGMENT 3:
Artist and computer systems administrator Loretta Skeddle tells Jim Fleming about her installation, "The CyberRosary." Skeddle, a lifelong Catholic, connected and programmed several computers to recite the rosary together. But are they praying? Also, novelist and historian A.N. Wilson tells Judith Strasser that the Church's intransigent rejection of all things modern created a crisis of faith for many 19th century believers. Wilson's new book is "God's Funeral."Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-12-19-A.
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