Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism

SOULJOURN: The Book and the JourneyPop Prophets and Religious Pluralism A review by Jim Burklo of NATURAL MYSTICS: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Varun Soni (Figueroa Press: 2014)Waves of wailing falsetto lifted Rama’s holy name above the reedy voice of the harmonium and the steady beat of hands clapping and palms sliding on the tabla.  “Sanson Ki Mala Pe” sounded like the very stereotype of Indian spiritual music, to ears untrained like mine.   But the so … [Read more...]

Pluralistic Marriage: review by Jim Burklo of Dana Trent’s “Saffron Cross”

Pluralistic Marriage: A review by Jim Burklo of “Saffron Cross” by J. Dana Trent (Fresh Air Books, 2013)As a Christian pastor, I’ve officiated at hundreds of weddings – many between people of different faiths. Many of them started out their relationships without concerning themselves too much about their religious differences. It’s only as marriage becomes imminent that one or the other of the pair wakes up to the fact that this difference might matter. The groom marrying a Christian suddenl … [Read more...]