Deconstructing God makes a case for an understanding of religion that transcends the conventional categories in which one is either a believer, an atheist, or agnostic, by focusing on mysticism as the experiential core of religion. The book makes the case that this paradigm we’ve inherited in western culture has left us stuck in a series of false arguments about the subject of religion: Whether there is or isn’t “a God”; the religion vs. science debate, the faith vs. reason debate. We bat these discussions back and forth under the illusion that we’re engaged in a meaningful dialogue about religion, when all the while there is a more subtle understanding of the phenomenon, in the form of a very human, earthly psychological experience that, while generally referred to as “mystical” is really only a mystery in the sense that it has been obscured by our false understanding. Per Meister Eckhart: “God is at home, it’s we who have gone out for a walk.” “Although I don’t agree 100% with Ian Gurvitz’s analysis of religion—who does on this subject?—I loved reading this insightful, funny, and illuminating book. And we both think Pat Robertson is a douchebag.” Bill Maher
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