In the Absence of God: Dwelling in the Presence of the Sacred (Hardcover)

Dwelling in the Presence of the Sacred

By Sam Keen

Harmony, 9780307462299, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2010



In his new book, bestselling author Sam Keen challenges the notions and habits we’ve formed about religion over the centuries in order for us to build a deeper faith, that is relevant today.
He asks:

* How has religion failed us?.
* Must we choose between dogmatic religion and atheism?
* How might religion unite rather than divide us?
The answers, Keen discovers, point the way back to the primal emotions, to the life-giving sense of dwelling in the presence of the sacred..
In the Absence of God sets out to recover the elemental experience of the sacred in everyday life. By appreciating emotions like wonder, gratitude, anxiety, joy, grief, reverence, compassion, outrage, hope and humility we may once again find ourselves in the presence of an unknowable but all present G-D. We may also regain the commonalities between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other spirit traditions and end the contentious differences that have divided them and our world.

About the Author

SAM KEEN is a noted author and lecturer, who has written thirteen books on philosophy and religion. He earned graduate degrees from the Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University, and spent twenty years working as an editor of "Psychology Today." Keen co-produced the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary "Faces of the Enemy," and was the subject of a PBS special with Bill Moyers entitled "Your Mythic Journey with Sam Keen." When not writing or traveling around the world lecturing and giving seminars on a wide range of topics, Keen cuts wood, tends to his farm in the hills above Sonoma, takes long hikes, and practices the flying trapeze.

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Praise For In the Absence of God: Dwelling in the Presence of the Sacred

“This is a small book that packs a big wallop. Sam Keen looks at the growing sense of an absent God, which haunts so many people today, and comes through with a vibrant and plausible response. He takes us back to the most elemental human emotions - gratitude, trust, wonder, joy - and demonstrates how they can become genuine bearers of the sacred. Without an ounce of naiveté, he opens a wide door for future possibilities.”
—Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University and author of The Future of Faith
“In this lucid and powerful book Sam Keen shows how discarding conventional religion may open us to discover the sacred--which he finds in loving the beauty of the world and passionate commitment to social justice.”
—Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of six books, including The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief