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by Bernard Hoose
Hoose has many interesting and pertinent things to say about the nature of religion, our concept of the Supreme Being and how it affects everything about us.
Bernard Hoose’s premise for this book is that God is so far above us in every way that it is impossible to know Him. Since the Bible seems to insist on many occasions that this is not just possible but desirable, there is a temptation to approach Mysterious God with a negative spirit, it is worth persevering with however.
This is not a light read, but it is mercifully free of theological terminology, and draws heavily on the writings of Christians through the ages as well as Scripture.
Nine-tenths of it are taken up with an explanation of the problems and only a tenth with practical advice on addressing them; readers are accorded the respect due to individuals who, once they have understood their fault, are capable of correcting their own thinking.
You may not agree with all of the author’s contentions, but overall this is a salutary account of how faith in Jesus has become corrupted by mankind. Recommended for all thinking Christians.
Reviewer: Diane Morrison (02/02/15)