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The God You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In

 
As this book affirms, God continues to be the great conundrum, the great mystery, the great challenge of human existence. Paradoxically, while people have long claimed to doubt the existence of God, God is still the most important reality in the world.

While many, in recent decades, have wanted to cease using the term God, the author prefers to not relinquish the term because, “for me, along with Martin Buber, it bears too great and complex a meaning and has too many sacred associations.” As an expression of Progressive Christianity, this book invites people to move beyond the God of supernatural theism, the God in the sky, the God of antiquity and the three-tiered universe. The conception of God presented in this book sees God as the great MORE of the universe, more than anything we can say, think, or conceive about God. God is understood mostly as Spirit, but also as infinite love and energy, abiding presence and endless mystery.
 

 
Review
“In the end, this is not only a book about God, but also a book about what it means to be fully human. In clear language and thoughtfully organized chapters, the author shows why traditional concepts of God have lost meaning as human experience has changed over time, and how a progressive Christian vision of God better reflects the lived experiences of people today. The emotional and spiritual longings of the heart are central to the author’s pastoral style, whether sharing an experience from his own life or quoting a passage of scripture to reveal the connection between one’s lived experience and the understanding of God that flows from that experience. This is a book for anyone who yearns for a vision of God big enough to encompass their highest ideals while pointing beyond to the ever unfolding and expanding of life and love that is the nature of God.” ~ Rev. Steven E. Meineke, M.A., M. Div., Retired Minister (UCC) and Marriage & Family Therapist
 
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz is a retired United Church of Christ minister.  He had long term pastorates in San Diego County and in Miami Lakes, Florida.  His service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama in the late sixties spurred his commitment to social-justice ministries and to a spirit of ecumenism as a local church pastor.  He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion. He is the author of The Bible You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In and his just published book: The God You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In. Dr. Frantz and his wife, Yvette, are now retired and living in Boynton Beach, Florida.
 
Outside the U.S. you can purchase the book from the publisher St. John’s Press.

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