A Theology for the Rest of Us
by Arthur Yavelberg
MSI Press

"Therefore, it seems to me that the DI’s [Divine Intelligence] consciousness, in addition to DI’s rationality and creativity, is an area where science, religions East and West, whether monotheistic or polytheistic, agree."

In this "little book" regarding theology, the author begins by stating that what he's written is probably nothing new but perhaps examined in a different manner. This is because the focus is on helping others find their own paths and insights without religious dogma. The author achieves this by exploring in twelve chapters issues such as identifying the Divine, free will, the dilemma of the body/mind connection, eschatology, and reincarnation. He utilizes work from various religions and belief systems as well as teachings from various philosophers while looking at the issues of suffering, grief, impermanence, science, and evil. He notes that he does not use the term "God," for it has become a confusing word. Instead, he uses Divine Intelligence (DI).

Well-written, the book gives thought to a number of questions, including examining the DI and free will, which are the most interesting aspects of the book. In using various thoughts and beliefs related to the DI, he adds meaning to his discussion of how understanding the DI helps us to live our lives in a healthy manner. The chapters "Who to Believe," "Reincarnation," and the summary chapter are the strongest ones. Asking questions throughout the book also keeps the reader on their toes, for these questions help readers examine their own beliefs. A rather quirky hodgepodge of such information could be confusing, but the author manages to make it work. Yavelberg's book would serve as a good companion text to similar works or perhaps be suitable for those on a beginning path into spirituality. In short, it is simply engaging.

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