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Like Catching Water in a Net

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Val Webb attempts to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and poems of the world's religions. ^In Like Catching Water in a Net, Val Webb is not out to prove...


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Val Webb attempts to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and poems of the world's religions.

^In Like Catching Water in a Net, Val Webb is not out to prove the existence of a God or the Divine, but to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and literature of the world's religions. Casting her net more widely than Karen Armstrong in The History of God or Jack Miles in God: A Biography, Webb delves deeply into the poetry and sayings of Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu mystics, the nature religion of the ancient Mesopotamians, their kin the Israelites, and the Aboriginal people of her own beloved Australia.

Raised in the Christian fundamentalist tradition, she poses a critical challenge to the ways in which traditional Christianity has straitjacketed our Western notions of the Divine, here aligning herself with modern "mystics" like William James, Leo Tolstoy, and Florence Nightingale. In the final chapter, she shows how the process theology of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, and their contemporary followers is quite compatible with so many of the traditional notions about God surveyed in the book.
-Publisher.



National Best Books 2007 Award-Winner in Religion


"Insightful, imaginative, and provocative! Val Webb's new book has freed the Divine from the religious. A striking achievement."-John Shelby Spong, author ofJesus for the Non-Religious


InLike Catching Water in a Net, Val Webb is not out to prove the existence of a God or the Divine, but to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and literature of the world's religions. Casting her net more widely than Karen Armstrong inThe History of GodorJack Miles inGod: A Biography, Webb delves deeply into the poetry and sayings of Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu mystics, the nature religion of the ancient Mesopotamians, their kin the Israelites, and the Aboriginal people of her own beloved Australia.



-Publisher

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Val Webb

Val Webb (Ph.D. in theology Luther Seminary, St Paul MN) is an adjunct university lecturer in religion. She is the author of 7 books, most recently, Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine and Florence Nightingale: The Making of a Radical Theologian. Her book John's Message: Good News for the New Millennium was commissioned by the World Methodist Council. Dividing her time between the U.S. and Australia, she teaches every year at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Whitley College in Melbourne.

  • Introduction: Divine Sounds And Smell; 1. Is Something Out There?; 2. Metaphorically Speaking; 3. The God Who Is Not; 4. To Be Or Not To Be?; 5. What's In A Name?; 6. A God For All Reasons And Seasons; 7. Feathers On The Breath Of God; 8. Spirit Of The World; 9. Nature Speaks; 10. God Is Like...; 11. The Power Of The One; 12. Imago Dei; 13. In The Family Way; 14. "whom Do You Say I Am?"; 15. "the Bible Tells Me So"; 16. "what Is Truth?".

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