The Tent of Abraham

The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims By Joan Chittister, OSB, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti and Rabbi Arthur Waskow Forward by Karen Armstrong Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 2006 Review by Carl McColmanGiven the insanity currently going on in southern Lebanon (not to mention similar, underreported violence in Gaza), this book could not be more timely. Three American authors — a Benedictine nun, a rabbi, and a Sufi — joined forces to write this hop … [Read more...]

A Generous Orthodoxy

A Generous Orthodoxy By Brian McLaren Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004 Review by Carl McColmanHere's a book that gets the amazing-subtitle award. See if you can repeat this three times fast: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. What a … [Read more...]

Shamanic Christianity

Shamanic Christianity: The Direct Experience of Mystical Communion By Bradford Keeney Rochester, VT: Destiny Books, 2006 Review by Carl McColmanI wanted — at least in theory — to like this book.After all, I'm the guy who calls himself "the Druid with a Rosary." My spiritual identity is significantly linked to exploring ways to integrate Christianity with various forms of earth-based wisdom. So obviously, a book on shamanic Christianity sounded like just the kind of book I would lov … [Read more...]

Orlando

Orlando (1992) Starring Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp Directed by Sally Potter Review by Carl McColmanThis is one of those films that rewards repeated viewings. I recently saw it for the third time (having seen it in the theater in 1993, and later on when it first came out on DVD), and with each subsequent viewing I laugh harder, find more to think about, and am generally more entranced by the wondrously magical world that director Sally Potter has conjured out of Virginia … [Read more...]

Ashes Are Burning

Ashes Are Burning By Renaissance Capitol Records, 1972 Review by Carl McColmanOnce upon a time (when Ronald Reagan was merely an ex-governor from California and "liberal" was not a dirty word), back before the 80s marketing gurus dreamed up the term "classic rock" to describe anything that predated the Sex Pistols, there was a genre of popular music known as "classicAL rock," which it signified music that blended classical motifs and themes with the basic structure of rock'n'roll. … [Read more...]

Mysticism After Modernity

Mysticism After Modernity By Don Cupitt Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, Ltd., 1998 Review by Carl McColmanDon Cupitt presents a lucid and stimulating argument for ways to understand mysticism in the postmodern world. He suggests that the modernist understanding of mysticism (in vogue from approximately 1790 to 1970) was based on a fundamental error: the idea that a mystic was a person who had "mystical experiences," a sort of ineffable event which confirmed the truth of religious orthodoxy. Such … [Read more...]


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