Looking in the Distance: The Human Search for Meaning

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Canongate, 2007 - Meaning (Philosophy) - 227 pages
By the former Bishop of Edinburgh, Richard Holloway, Looking in the Distance celebrates the possibilities of life, its rewards and profound challenges, with a fresh, humane optimism that is both passionate and pragmatic. Fearlessly pondering life's end, Holloway examines how doubts too often paralyze people. He explains, "A sentence is not finished till it has a full stop, and every life needs a dying to complete it ... Our brief finitude is but a beautiful spark in the vast darkness of space. So we should live the fleeting day with passion and, when the night comes, depart from it with grace." Written in the context of organized religion's structural difficulties, Looking in the Distance is a highly personal and meditative work that helps us better understand the myriad ways in which the human search for wholeness and healing can be approached. Accessible, funny, inquisitive and ever hopeful, it will inspire all who read it.

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