Spirituality & Inspiration

A Theology for the Rest of Us

Category:Spirituality & Inspiration

Author:Arthur Yavelberg

  • Publisher: MSI Press
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2021
  • Number of Pages: 102
  • ISBN-10: 1-950328864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1950328864

A Theology for the Rest of Us by Arthur Yavelberg is a thought-provoking exploration of spirituality that seeks to provide answers to profound questions about existence, purpose, and the nature of the divine. Yavelberg draws from Eastern and Western religious traditions, as well as scientific achievements and literary insights, to create an accessible framework for readers to develop their own spiritual understanding. The book encourages individuals to embrace the responsibility of seeking their own answers to life’s deepest questions, echoing the Buddha's call to “Be ye lamps unto yourselves!” and emphasizing the personal commitment required to love the divine.

The book’s approach is refreshingly humble and relatable. Yavelberg presents himself as an ordinary seeker of truth rather than an authoritative figure with all the answers. He invites readers on a journey of exploration, emphasizing that he doesn't have all the answers but has found a direction that helps him navigate life's enigmas. This humility is compelling in itself and makes readers want to engage in conversation with the author. Yavelberg's writing is clear and conversational and I enjoyed the quotes from thinkers, poets, singers, and other authoritative voices that are used as titles for each chapter.

One of the book's most significant strengths is its examination of the concept of divine consciousness. Yavelberg examines the question of whether Divine Intelligence (DI) is conscious, rational, and creative, drawing on various religious and philosophical traditions to shed light on this intriguing aspect of spirituality. He argues that irrespective of religious background, most belief systems suggest that DI possesses some level of consciousness and awareness of its creation. Yavelberg's discussion of the problem of evil is also thought-provoking. He highlights the relativity of good and evil and the importance of perspective in understanding these concepts. His use of the story about the grieving mother seeking a mustard seed illustrates the significance of empathy and broadening one's perspective to address grief and suffering.

While the book offers valuable insights into spirituality and encourages readers to engage in their spiritual journey, it is not without its challenges. Yavelberg's approach to theology may not resonate with everyone, and some readers may find the book's open-ended exploration of spiritual questions less satisfying if they are seeking definitive answers. A Theology for the Rest of Us is a thoughtful and accessible book that invites readers to embark on a personal spiritual journey, free from the shackles of dogmas, and attentive to the promptings of the Divine voice that inhabits the universe. This book will challenge the way we think about God and our relationship with Him.



Reviewed By: Romuald Dzemo

Reviewed Date: December 9, 2023

Category: Spirituality & Inspiration