Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Grieving the Loss of Religion

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Grieving the Loss of Religion

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Grieving the Loss of Religion, Rafael Chodos, Los Angeles: Giotto Multimedia Press, 2014, Pp 129, pb, npi. Reviewed by J. Harold Ellens.

Rafael Chodos is an independent scholar in Classics, Second Temple Judaism, and Rabbinical studies. He is also a practicing attorney and author of major books on the philosophy of justice and of the premier volume on the codes of fiduciary law. Now he has given us a remarkably articulate reflection on modem movements in spiritual growth and development through the lens of his own maturation in Judaism from orthodoxy to out growing the forms of his religion and arriving at transcendent personal communion with God.

This book is an easy but profound read for any undergraduate, informed and motivated layperson, profession in religious studies, and specialists in spiritual transformation. It should be required reading and memorization by every seminarian: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. In this day of increasing confessions of spirituality without religiosity this book will be of enormous help to prevent spirituality that is disaffected from institutional and traditional religion from becoming a wandering in the cultural desert or a pooling of mutual ignorance. No one should be ordained in any of the three Abrahamic religions without having mastered Chodos' volume. It should be part of every ordination exam.

Chodos' insights are not only informed by his rich and erudite understanding of history, religion, theology, spirituality, and culture of the western world but are also sensitive to Eastern spirituality. …

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