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Author Magida, Arthur J.

Title Opening the doors of wonder : reflections on religious rites of passage / Arthur J. Magida
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2006]
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Description 1 online resource (294 pages)
Contents Title; Contents; Prologue; Introduction: Sometimes, The Magic Works; 1 The Descent Of The Spirit; 2 Bob Abernethy: No Fundamental, Life-changing Experience; 3 Chinua Achebe: What Makes Someone Give Up Their Religion?; 4 Huston Smith: Religion Saturated The House; 5 Julia Sweeney: That Soldier-of-christ, Slap-across-the-face Stuff Is Sick; 6 Jim Zogby: The Wal-mart-ization Of The Church; 7 What, Really, Is A Man?; 8 Leon Botstein: I'm Tone-deaf To Belief; 9 Roz Chast: I Was Like A Spy. Like A Closet Jew; 10 Rabbi Harold Kushner: I Wanted To Make My Parents Proud
11 Letty And Abigail Pogrebin, Mother And Daughter: "you Are A Woman" Meant "you Do The Dishes"12 Ram Dass: Mushrooms Gave Me What I Could Have Had At My Bar Mitzvah; 13 Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin: Israel And I Came Of Age Together; 14 Elie Wiesel: I Am Not God's Policeman; 15 The Thread Of Life; 16 Deepak And Gotham Chopra, Father And Son: Religion Is Frequently Idiotic; 17 Waking Up; 18 Roshi John Daido Loori: Born A Buddha. Die A Buddha; 19 Robert Thurman: I Looked Like Henry Miller In Drag; 20 Allah Is One; 21 Coleman Barks: Just Being Sentient Is Cause For Rapture
22 Dr. Yusuf Islam (cat Stevens): Floating On A Cloud Of Mercy23 Michael Wolfe: I Feel Like A Monotheist With Extra Credentials; Epilogue: Would Anyone Riding By On A Horse Even Notice?; Notes
Summary Exploring rites of passage in America by sifting through the accounts of influential thinkers who experienced them, this book explains underlying theologies, evolution, and practice of Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs, Christian confirmations, Hindu sacred thread ceremonies, Muslim shahadas and Zen jukai ceremonies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-289)
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Subject Religions.
Rites and ceremonies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006007729
ISBN 0520941713 (electronic bk.)
1429413778 (electronic bk.)
9780520941717 (electronic bk.)
9781429413770 (electronic bk.)