The title of this book is taken from Genesis, when God asks Adam and Eve where they got the notion that they were naked. Today, many people are still feeling naked and vulnerable in a world they don't understand. The "Good News" is that we should never feel vulnerability before God. I hope to prove my point in the next few pages.
I've investigated religious ideas for over 20 years and I've now begun to write about what I've discovered. This book contains a number of essays that will certainly provoke thought. I personally believe that "doubt" can be a powerful way to break up our old, fossilized ideas, which might be preventing us from moving forward in life. Without a little bit of doubt, our cup is full to the brim with preconceived notions, and we have little space to let new ideas in.
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This little book will introduce the reader to the allegorical nature of the Bible. In allegory, the reader becomes the main character in their own spiritual drama! This book is meant to initiate you into the mysteries of the spiritual life, even more than you might be today.
As a Unitarian Universalist, I want to open a dialog which will help us move beyond the hypnotic power that our biblical tradition may have had on us, and instead experience, firsthand, the freedom of being a Child of God. The "Good News" is supposed to be good news. Many churches have forgotten this and have instead embraced fundamentalism, with a gloomy view of Christianity. I think that's what has hurt so many seekers of the Way.
I'm indebted to many authors and philosophers, some of my favorites being Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Stephen Mitchell and Thich Nhat Han. At times I quote these great authors directly; other times it's just their influence, along with years of my own personal introspection, that you're hearing through these pages.
Let this little book bring you to a place of deeper peace and love for yourself and your fellow human being.
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David E. Teubner
March 21, 2008