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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
Arthur Yavelberg has authored A Theology for the Rest of Us, resisting the usual theological jargon and dogmatism. When I saw this title, I thought it would be a Christian volume written on the layman’s level. I was dead wrong. Arthur incorporates Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, and other world religions. He uses logic to show the errors and correctness of these different systems. I believe he is attempting to merge all religions into one understanding of the universe. His arguments remind me of the religion of Theosophy. Bottom line, Arthur does not believe that anyone or any religion can lay claim to absolute truth. Instead, this book presents truth as relative, and one’s view of life is based on their version of the truth.
In A Theology for the Rest of Us, Arthur Yavelberg deals with belief systems. He writes with non-theologians in mind. His style is folksy. The chapter headings show his desire to lighten the formality of religion. Believing that no single system or person possesses all truth, he suggests that the various systems work together. Each belief system has good and evil existing in them. For example, Christianity has done beautiful works for the poor and needy. Still, the system has also killed in the name of purifying evil souls. Islam is a religion of peace, but some followers behead non-believers. Arthur weaves things together in such a way as to make the reader really think and ponder what is truth. After reading this book, the reader will know how life intertwines the physical with the spiritual. Dogmatism separates, and Arthur desires to bring people together.