Like Catching Water in a Net
Human Attempts to Describe the Divine
By (author) Val Webb
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Like Catching Water in a Net by Val Webb
Book DescriptionThe recent spate of God bashers - Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Sam Harris - have received their own thumping in the secular press, most notably Dawkins in "Harper's", the "London Review of Books", and the "New York Review of Books". Yet there are very few books on the God phenomenon that one would confidently entrust into the hands of readers who would be hard pressed to describe themselves as either true believers or "cultured despisers of religion". But Val Webb's "Like Catching Water in a Net" is such a book. Like Karen Armstrong in "The History of God" or Jack Miles in "God: A Biography", Webb is not out to prove the existence of a God or the Divine, but to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and poems of the world's religions.Casting her net more widely than Armstrong or Miles, Webb delves deeply into the poetry and sayings of Sufi, Buddhist and Hindu mystics. A microbiologist by early training, she is attuned to the nature religion of the ancient Mesopotamians, their kin the Israelites, and the Aboriginal people of her own beloved Australia. Raised in the Christian fundamentalist tradition, she poses a critical challenge to the ways in which Christianity has straitjacketed our Western notions of the Divine, here aligning herself with modern "mystics" like William James, Leo Tolstoy and Florence Nightingale. In the final chapter, she shows how the process theology of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshore, and their contemporary followers, is highly compatible with so many of the traditional notions about God surveyed in the book.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826428912
(228mm x 153mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Val Webb
Stepping Out with the Sacred, Hardback (November 2010)
Discusses how humans have described the Divine. This book looks at how humans have engaged the Divine across religions and centuries, through ritual, art, sacred places, language and song.
Like Catching Water in a Net, Paperback (February 2009)
Attempts to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and poems of the world's religions. The author delves into the poetry and sayings of Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu mystics, the nature religion of the ancient Mesopotamians, their kin the Israelites, and the Aboriginal people of Australia.
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Author Biography - Val Webb
Val Webb is a university lecturer in religion, with a graduate degree in science, a Ph.D. in theology and a passion for encouraging lay people of all faiths, and none, to think critically. She is the author of 7 books, most recently, Florence Nightingale: The Making of a Radical Theologian. Her book John's Message: Good News for the New Millennium was commissioned by the World Methodist Council. Dividing her time between the U.S. and Australia, she teaches every year at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Whitley College in Melbourne.
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