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Keeping Faith: A Skeptic's Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks
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In a resonant account of his spiritual quest, Fenton Johnson examines what it means for a skeptic to have and to keep faith. Exploring Western and Eastern monastic traditions, Johnson lives as a member of the community at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky and at the branches of the San Francisco Zen Center. The book alternates meditations on Johnson's personal spiritual journey with investigations of the history and philosophy of Christianity and Buddhism and interviews with leading Christian and Buddhist teachers and monks. Ultimately his encounter with Buddhism brings him to a new understanding and embrace of Christianity. Weaving together meditations on Johnson's spiritual journey with hitory and insights from contemporary mnks, Keeping Faith offers a blueprint for a new way of practicing faith.
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In a resonant account of his spiritual quest, Fenton Johnson examines what it means for a skeptic to have and to keep faith. Exploring Western and Eastern monastic traditions, Johnson lives as a member of the community at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky and at the branches of the San Francisco Zen Center. The book alternates meditations on Johnson's personal spiritual journey with investigations of the history and philosophy of Christianity and Buddhism and interviews with leading Christian and Buddhist teachers and monks. Ultimately his encounter with Buddhism brings him to a new understanding and embrace of Christianity. Weaving together meditations on Johnson's spiritual journey with hitory and insights from contemporary mnks, Keeping Faith offers a blueprint for a new way of practicing faith.

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The book has its roots in a Harper's Magazine cover essay, "Beyond Belief: A Skeptic Searches for an Americn Faith," November 1998 and available online.

About Fenton

I write and publish prose -- fiction and nonfiction, including memoir, essay, commentary, criticism, and literary journalism -- with an occasional venture into narration writing for independent media and radio commentary.

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