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Opening the doors of wonder : reflections on religious rites of passage /

Exploring rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them, this book explains underlying theologies, evolution, and practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai...

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Main Author: Magida, Arthur J.
Format: eBook
Language: English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ℗♭2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • Title; Contents; Prologue; Introduction: Sometimes, The Magic Works; 1 The Descent Of The Spirit; 2 Bob Abernethy: No Fundamental, Life-changing Experience; 3 Chinua Achebe: What Makes Someone Give Up Their Religion?; 4 Huston Smith: Religion Saturated The House; 5 Julia Sweeney: That Soldier-of-christ, Slap-across-the-face Stuff Is Sick; 6 Jim Zogby: The Wal-mart-ization Of The Church; 7 What, Really, Is A Man?; 8 Leon Botstein: I'm Tone-deaf To Belief; 9 Roz Chast: I Was Like A Spy. Like A Closet Jew; 10 Rabbi Harold Kushner: I Wanted To Make My Parents Proud.
  • 11 Letty And Abigail Pogrebin, Mother And Daughter: "you Are A Woman" Meant "you Do The Dishes"12 Ram Dass: Mushrooms Gave Me What I Could Have Had At My Bar Mitzvah; 13 Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin: Israel And I Came Of Age Together; 14 Elie Wiesel: I Am Not God's Policeman; 15 The Thread Of Life; 16 Deepak And Gotham Chopra, Father And Son: Religion Is Frequently Idiotic; 17 Waking Up; 18 Roshi John Daido Loori: Born A Buddha. Die A Buddha; 19 Robert Thurman: I Looked Like Henry Miller In Drag; 20 Allah Is One; 21 Coleman Barks: Just Being Sentient Is Cause For Rapture.
  • 22 Dr. Yusuf Islam (cat Stevens): Floating On A Cloud Of Mercy23 Michael Wolfe: I Feel Like A Monotheist With Extra Credentials; Epilogue: Would Anyone Riding By On A Horse Even Notice?; Notes.