Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine by Val WebbLike Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine by Val Webb

Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the Divine

byVal Webb

Paperback | January 12, 2008

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National Best Books 2007 Award-Winner in Religion

"Insightful, imaginative, and provocative! Val Webb's new book has freed the Divine from the religious. A striking achievement."-John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious

In Like Catching Water in a Net, Val Webb is not out to prove the existence of a God or the Divine, but to set out intuitions or intimations of the Divine nature and attributes from the stories and literature of the world's religions. Casting her net more widely than Karen Armstrong in The History of God or Jack Miles in God: A Biography, Webb delves deeply into the poetry and sayings of Sufi, Buddhist, and Hindu mystics, the nature religion of the ancient Mesopotamians, their kin the Israelites, and the Aboriginal people of her own beloved Australia.

Title:Like Catching Water in a Net: Human Attempts to Describe the DivineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:January 12, 2008Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826430058

ISBN - 13:9780826430052

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Table of Contents

Preface¿1. Is Something Out There? 2. Metaphorically Speaking...3.The GOD Who Is Not...4. To Be...or Not to Be? 5. What's in a Name? 6.¿Feathers on the Breath of GOD 7. Where Can I Go from Your Spirit? 8. Nature Speaks 9. Divine Attributes:¿God Is Like... 10. The Power of the One 11. Imago Dei 12. In the Family Way 13. The Bible Tells Me So... 14. Who Do You Say I Am? 15.What Is Truth?

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"Val Webb isn't out to prove the existence of a god, but to point out imitations of the Divine nature from the literature on the world's religions. Thus her survey includes range of world beliefs, from Buddhism and Hindu mystics to early Mesopotamians and the Aboriginals of Australia.¿ The result is a critical challenge to the thinking processes of traditional Christianity and a challenge to readers to broaden their view of what constitutes spiritual thinking.¿ Spirituality collections will find it invaluable." -James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, February 2008