Sometimes religion seems like nothing other than a weight around humanity's neck. It keeps us stuck in ancient, endless feuds that account for much of the ongoing group violence in the world today. It stands in the way of science and progress. It interferes in relationships and reproductive rights.
Does religion have anything positive to offer the 21st century (and beyond)? Or is it a vestige of the Iron Age that ought to be contained in museums, preferably under bell jars? Is is it possible to live a devotional, religious life today without denying science or otherwise being assimilated by some religious-authoritarian Borg?
Rethinking Religion: Finding a Place for Religion in a Modern, Tolerant, Progressive, Peaceful and Science-affirming World argues that if we can rediscover religion's core purposes and teachings, we will find something genuinely valuable that really could make the world a better place. And Rethinking Religion is a proposal for how we might do that.
"Religion" in this book is not just Christianity. The author was raised Christian but has been a formal student of Zen Buddhism for many years. This book is not about converting anyone to any particular religious point of view, or even to call people to religious faith who don't wish to be called. Instead, it presents a vision of how all religious traditions could become valuable, and not detrimental, to 21st century life.