Sunday – Spirit
7. Re-read Howard Bloom’s The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates Again Over The Course of the Year as a Daily Devotional Book, Consuming a Little Bit Every Day.
When I was an evangelical Christian I used to love the “devotional” series of books that were designed to be read a little bit each day. Other religious traditions utilize it too. Joseph Telushkin’s The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living is another book that I adore that uses this format. Someday I hope to write some of my own books in this style.
I think this will be a good way to explore Bloom’s magnum opus, a book that I think when properly understood can do a better job than any other at bridging one of the deep intellectual rifts in the world today: the war between religious fundamentalists and secular materialist fundamentalists. The battle between science and mysticism is a false dilemma. And Bloom shows how in his mind-blowing history of science and sweeping portrait of the development of Western civilization. On Sundays I’m going to encourage inter-faith dialogue and blog about reconciling the divides between the religious traditions.
I now extend the invitation to my fellow PJM editors, writers, contributors, and commenters to offer their own resolutions for 2013.