Christianity mistakes its myth for history and its symbol for fact.
God Is Not Three Guys in the Sky is a synthesis of studies on the historical Jesus, mythology, feminist theology, Jungian thought, and comparative religions. In this non-literal and inclusive interpretation of Christian doctrine Jeanette Blonigen Clancy urges Christians to abandon their claim to being the one and only true religion.
With evidence from scholars and a variety of traditions, Clancy examines questions about:
- The Christ
- Truth and myth in scripture
- God and human consciousness
- The mystical Reign proclaimed by the man Jesus.
Her answers to these questions will delight many, disturb others, and fascinate all readers. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews, atheists, and pagans are included with Christians in this synthesis of spiritual currents. Here is a vision of global harmony.
It’s the most applicable spiritual work I’ve read since M.Scott Peck five years ago. I’ve read some Carl Jung and you do him proud—very clear. I’ve read Michael Morewood—you’re smoother and more personal. I’ve read John Shelby Spong—you’re more Catholic. I’ve read Matthew Fox and you’re more concise.For me as a cradle Catholic also, it’s a radical, life-changing, soul-enhancing book.—Ron Ohmann, former physician and St. Cloud Times columnist
I don’t know if you realize how much of a blessing your book is to someone like me, as well as to my wife. You validated our experience and empowered us to go forward without looking back. Like the person who wrote the review on your website, yours has set me free in a way that theirs did not. . . . I found it to be very spiritual.—Gary Egeberg, Edina, MN
Your book arrived less than a week ago, and I have eagerly finished reading it. It is a marvelous gem. As soon as I read the first paragraph of Chapter One I knew you and I agree on points that are very important to each of us. Although we have taken different paths, we have arrived at the same place. You write very well. Your presentation of Jung and myth is the most lucid I have ever read. Much of your book, such as the last chapter, is truly profound. The impact your book has meant to me is perhaps best signified by the many sentences that I have underlined, often with asterisks in the margin that are my way of marking something as truly great stuff. Thank you for your insights and for expressing them so well!—Richard Hagenston, Roanoke, Virginia
Your book arrived today, and what I’ve read so far is wonderful! You have the gift of writing clear, concise, powerful prose. What you wrote in the section “Why Stay?” rings true for me. I’ve also said that culturally I am a Baptist Christian. As you cite admirable people in the Catholic tradition, I’ve cited people like Roger Williams and Lottie Moon in the Baptist tradition. The Catholics you mention, like Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen and now Joan Chittister, also keep me in the Christian tradition. I love what you wrote about Christian churches’ “steadfast gaze on ultimate concerns” and “unfathomable Mystery.” I will continue to recommend your powerful book! Last night I was reading your book, underlining something on every page, and reading passages to my husband. He also resonated with what you wrote, and he thought my guest blogpost was great! [“Don’t pray to a lord”]. I love the direct, honest way you write, e.g. your first sentence in chapter one. This is one of my favorite statements: “Both atheists and fundamentalists are limited by the same shrunken view of the Sacred, ignoring the vast and deep diversity of human concepts of Spirit.— Jann Aldredge-ClantonDallas, Texas
I’m about half way through it at this point and have enjoyed every word you’ve written. As a person who was raised Catholic, your book has been a great source of ideas . . . THANKS. You have done a wonderful service for all people like me, who have had a million questions about their Catholic faith and the many inconsistencies that seem to permeate the dogma. . . . your way of reconciling all the differences offers a new way for me to articulate the many questions and beliefs that have kept me always feeling like a Catholic, even when I feel like a hypocrite to everyone else in the Catholic boat of beliefs . . .”
I have already begun to talk with my friends about your book and have read sections to them. . . . I am planning on purchasing books for these people. Most of the conversations with these friends have been enjoyable, however, there have been some tense moments as we discussed the topics. Still, we keep talking.
This afternoon I read through the section on Jesus (Chapter 6, I think) and found your perceptions extremely interesting. I can hardly wait to talk with my friends about it.—Jim from Stillwater, the Worrying Warrior