Dietrich Bonhoeffer celebrated and wrote about reality. He was suspicious of magical thinking and fanciful flights of imagination, particularly when it involved religion. Dietrich’s father, Karl, an enormous influence in his life, was a man of science—a psychiatrist and researcher; his mother was trained as a teacher. Bonhoeffer’s belief that in the Incarnation, God entered human reality in the form a real human being. In the person of Christ, faith harmonizes with the mind and the body – faith and reason. In her new book, 50 Answers: How World Religions Grapple With Life’s Biggest Questions, research scientist Glory White, explores the relationship between faith and reason, by engaging questions of the human experience, particularly with God. In doing so, she elicits the Bonhoeffriean trait of examining our divine relationship with reality.
New Episode of Schenck Talks Bonhoeffer
A Conversation with Glory White
In this new episode of Schenck Talks Bonhoeffer, Rev. Rob Schenck talks with a scientist who writes under the pen name of Glory White. The author of 50 Answers: How World Religions Grapple With Life’s Biggest Questions explains how her examination of how many shared core questions answered by the world’s religions grew out of her discussions with religious colleagues.
Comparing science and faith, Rob and Glory pose and answer their own questions about the complementarity between the two sublime pursuits. This fascinating author talks about her research into many religions beyond the best-known major ones, including those no longer practiced. Her findings indicate how a vast spectrum of religions agree on the most fundamental questions about the meaning of life, the origin of the universe, human relations, and much more.
Where do we come from? What happens after we die? Religions have been answering these questions – and many more – for millennia. But while most of us are familiar with the answers of major world religions, answers from lesser-known or historical religions are often overlooked. This book explores the answers a wide variety of religions provide for our biggest, most compelling questions, pushing the limits of what we know about our beliefs – and ourselves.