Epiphany: Finding Truth Without Losing Faith
Epiphany: Finding Truth Without Losing Faith

Become the spiritual leader of your own life.

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

$15.55

By James O. Rodgers.

Product Description

Tackling Tough Topics

As part of the human condition, we all have bias, prejudice, stereotype data, and reactions to differences (even perceived differences). Two of the most challenging differences we encounter and the ones we have the most difficulty talking about are religion and politics. Diversity management involves understanding both differences and similarities among people. We simply acknowledge differences, but we embrace similarities. Our ability to work effectively and productively with others depends largely on how well we can navigate differences and identify similarities so that we feel comfortable and natural with our team members. It is the “labels” we associate with others that raise the specter of differences.

From Experience to Worldview

The importance of comfortable conversations about politics and religion is that these two dimensions of cognitive diversity dictate our life experiences and inform our worldview (perspective, interpretation, heuristics, predictive models). We can never fully get to know another person without an understanding of the things that influence what they believe to be true in the world. Unfortunately, a lot of that information comes in the form of assumptions based on labels. When someone identifies as Democrat or Republican, we assume we know what they believe and what positions they hold on key topics. Likewise, we assume we know what a person believes based on the religious (spiritual) label they carry. Is it possible that an inherited faith tradition does not fully explain a person’s worldview?

Beyond the Label

Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, and Scientologist are some familiar labels used to describe a person’s belief system. Rather than apply these labels and assume we know what it means for that person, it might be more useful to simply ask, “What do you believe?” (about life, the existence of gods, the nature of gods, good and evil, love, peace, practice, meditation, prayer, etc.) The answer to that question will inform you more about a person than the assumptions that come with a religious label.

The Journey of Epiphany

As a means of opening up a different type of conversation regarding elements of cognitive diversity, Epiphany: Finding truth without losing faith explores the faith journey and beliefs of one person in hope that every reader will explore their own journey and confirm what they believe as a result. That will make it easier to determine what we have in common with others because there are a few universal principles embraced by all belief systems and faith traditions. Identifying those principles and our mutual adherence to them provides a basis for embracing the similarities we have with other people. It is not eliminating the natural human tendency for “Us versus Them” thinking. Instead, it is a way to expand the definition of “Us”.

5 reviews for Become the spiritual leader of your own life.

  1. 5 out of 5

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    James Rodgers tells a powerful, poignant story about discovering the disconnect between his religion and his spirituality. Happily, he finds a way to include both in his life and sends a message of hope to anyone who feels that the path to God is not confined to — or defined by — a house of worship. The text is easy to read but, if you’re a thoughtful person, the messages will linger in your brain for a long while.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    My reading of James Rodgers’ new book, Epiphany has left a profound impression on me. First I found that he was voicing many of the same thoughts I have been wrestling with as the pastor of an urban church in Newark, New Jersey. Secondly, he was offering me alternatives to the traditional approaches I’ve used in my efforts to be relevant to a new generation. He offered up new thinking tools, a new attitude about our faith and a new view of what spiritual intimacy might look like in our present day. Thirdly, I hear in his words a renewed call to take up the quest that every born again individual is called to take up in Matthews 28 and that is to go into all the world to teach. In the words of this book I hear a still small voice saying:
    “Change the method not the message”

  3. 5 out of 5

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    James Rodgers has been churchin’ his whole life, but that didn’t stop him from asking questions about his Christian faith and seeking other spiritual perspectives. In “Epiphany: Finding Truth Without Losing Faith,” Rodgers take us on his journey to answer some pretty important questions about Faith and Truth: What are you looking for? Religion or science? What is God? What is truth? What is Christ? What is the kingdom of heaven? What is the Bible? What is love? He researches texts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and more. He finds some amazing similarities in his search. The journey for Truth is one each of us should take and “Epiphany” shows us a good way to go on that journey.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    A TIMELY & EXCELLENT BOOK !!! Epiphany challenges the reader to move beyond the dogma of traditional religious institutions and to basically THINK beyond the confines of “my beliefs vs. their beliefs”. The author uses his Christian faith principles to make us aware that the dogma of “0ld Time Religion” has alienated youth of all faiths.We have gone from “horse and buggy” to “flight” yet we deny our youth and inquiring adults the opportunity to question the doctrines of our faith . ” Because it’s in the bible ” is no longer an acceptable or intelligent answer for our young millennials. We need to create “comfort zones ” to encourage open dialogue with all who have questions.
    We must do better! This book provides a frame work to recognize and respect all religions and it also provides a much needed guide for those seeking peace , love , & compassion in this chaotic world!

  5. 5 out of 5

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    An essential read for anyone who has ever had doubts about their “inherited faith traditions”.
    After an honest critique of what he terms “churchin” he reaffirms his personal faith by applying
    to it, the principles that have been successful for him in his role as “the diversity coach”. The
    writing style is easy to follow with the major points illuminated with some surprisingly
    interesting personal notes. I recommend this book to laymen and theologians alike of any
    faith!

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