Unitarian Universalists value freedom of belief and the responsible quest for truth and meaning. But what happens when conflicting beliefs about divinity cause strife among neighbors, both within and outside of UU congregations? Rev. Roger Christan Schriner weaves together conflict resolution techniques, theology, and psychological insights to teach us how we can have peaceful discussions about theism, agnosticism, and atheism. Bridging the God Gap encourages deep communication with those who hold quite different views from our own.
"Bridging the God Gap is well-written, insightful, and chock-full of inspiring, practical wisdom. Getting long-time theological rivals to respect each other as kindred spirits just got a whole lot easier. This book deserves a wide readership. Bravo!" - Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution
"A particularly useful book crossed my desk recently: BRIDGING THE GOD GAP: Finding Common Ground Among Believers, Atheists, and Agnostics by Roger Schriner, a retired Unitarian minister and psychotherapist from Northern California. In it, he describes the wide continuum of nuanced positions between 'theism' and 'atheism'.... Bridging the God Gap offers a breathtaking array of places to stay, or at least visit, along the road between theism and atheism." - Jim Burklo, Associate Dean of Religious Life, University of Southern California
"This book is different from any I have seen and fills a really important gap." - theologian John Cobb, Center for Process Studies
"The central idea of the book - that atheists, agnostics and theists have more in common than is often believed, and that substantive, rich, meaningful dialogue is not only possible, but necessary - is something that the world sorely needs." - Rev. Barbara F. Meyers, Certified Spiritual Director
"As a Unitarian Universalist who believes in a force for good in the universe, and as a scientist who is constantly questioning and trying to understand that force, this book not only gave me wonderful ideas about how to discuss God and religion with others of all beliefs, but also helped tremendously as I try to tease apart, define and embrace my own feelings and thoughts. I recommend it highly for anyone who seeks to honestly connect with others with different beliefs, as well as for anyone seeking to better comprehend what they truly think and feel themselves." - Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, author of Writing Through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen
"I found it illuminating to read your brilliant analysis of the divisions of opinion within each of the isms: theism, atheism, materialism, plus Christianity. The sustained dialogue between Agnes, Althea, and Theodore is wonderfully developed, and generated considerable insight in me." The book "fully achieves the intent implied by the title, that is, it points out the shift in attitudes that must occur in order to Bridge the God Gap." Rev. Alexie Crane, Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara