Saturday, January 19, 2013
Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner
Journalist Eric Weiner, a self-described Jewish "Confusionist" - one who has "absolulety no idea what" his "religious views are.", and is "not even sure if" he "has any, but is open to the unexpected and believes- no, hopes - there is more to life than meets the eye."
He travels the world and explores 6 different religious groups and shared his experiences with each one. He explores Sufism, Buddhism, Fransicsans, Raelism, Taoism, Wicca, Shamanism, and finally, Kabbalah.
He shares his experiences and thoughts about each group. I was struck by the similarities in the beliefs of many of them. I did not realize that Sufism, a branch of Islam, believes that God is love. I am impressed by the actions of the Fransiscans and I would like to learn Tai Chi, a Taoist type of exercise and meditation. Raelism, Shamanism, and Wicca all sound very far out and bizarre, but to each his own, I suppose. It seems that Eric felt most comfortable and got the most out of his Kabbalistic and Buddhist experiences. In the end, he decided to do what most of us do - either consciously or subconsciously - accept and use the parts of religion that appeal and make the most sense to him, and not worry about the rest.