Sometimes I post my book reviews on Amazon.com. It never fails: when I post a negative review of a book, those who love the book will write to tell me how ridiculous I am or how I just don’t “get it.” Such is the case regarding my review of The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning.
The common thread that runs through the feedback for that review (from Amazon readers and one DR reader) is the idea that my religion and doctrine are the problem. Those individuals assert that religion and doctrine not only prevent me from appreciating Brennan Manning’s message, but they are also a barrier to experiencing the love of God.
Manning leads his readers to believe that too much study of God and adherence to fundamental truths make one dull, puts God in a box, and limits the kind of relationship a person can have with God.
Agree or disagree? Is there a middle ground?
I’ve been thinking about this for a few days (this is the post that keeps on going). I want to write my opinion, but I have to go to the pool right now. It’s tough, but some mommies have to do it; it’s the only way we’re going to survive this heat. So, I’m opening the comments for discussion.
Here’s my first thought:
Sound biblical doctrine gives foundation and shape to all of my life and relationship with God.