Chris Highland launches A Freethinker's Gospel: Essays for a Sacred Secular World

From the Introduction to A Freethinker’s Gospel:

“This book is a collection of fifty-two essays originally published as “Highland Views” columns in the Asheville Citizen-Times (North Carolina). The initial column, “Can a Secular Person have Devotion?,” appeared the first weekend in November, 2016.

You’ll see from the selections here that I am literally all over the map with secular and spiritual topics. There have been “secular devotionals” on Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, Thoreau, Frederick Olmsted, John Muir, Robert Ingersoll, Frances Wright, Oliver Sacks and Stevie Wonder. Readers find I like to use titles that ask questions, “In Whom do we Trust?,” “Secular Saint?,” “Does Nature Care about Us?,” “Is Your Family Divided by Faith?,” “Blessed are the Poor?” I have referenced biblical passages as well as verses from the Qur’an, Bhagavad Gita, the Tao and the Dhammapada of Buddha.

Brief essays saunter back and forth across the landscapes of thought, searching for bridges—images, stories or creative ideas that just might offer something for folks with faith or without faith. Who knows, there may be accessible crossings spanning the gaps that no one has ever recognized or discovered.”


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