By Douglas V. Porpora
Do you think in God? 9 out of ten americans unhesitatingly solution convinced. yet for Douglas Porpora, the genuine questions start the place pollsters go away off. What, he asks, does spiritual trust truly suggest in our lives? Does it form our identities and our activities? Or, regardless of our professions of religion, are we morally adrift? Landscapes of the Soul paints a stressful photo of yank religious lifestyles. In his look for solutions to his questions, Porpora interviewed clerks and managers, Jews, evangelical Christians, Buddhists, Taoists, or even fans of Bhagwan Sri Rajneesh. He requested them approximately God, and approximately what they observed as their very own position within the universe. What he came upon used to be a common lack of ability to articulate any grand which means of existence. We lack heroes to encourage us. We lack a feeling of calling, of transcendent function in our life. many folks appear incapable of being concerned deeply in regards to the pain of others. Our society is permeated with ethical indifference. sure, we're a believing humans, yet God is usually a far-off abstraction and barely an emotional presence in our lives. purely such an emotional connection, Porpora argues, should be the foundation of a real ethical imaginative and prescient. Our emotional estrangement from God and the sacred retains us from being concerned approximately social justice, retains us from eager to swap the realm, retains us enclosed in our personal inner most worlds. Landscapes of the Soul is a passionate name to expand our religious and ethical horizons, to elevate our eyes to the better fact that unites us all.