The Gospel of Inclusion
- Narrated by: Bishop Carlton Pearson
- Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-05-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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The Gospel of Inclusion also tells the story of a powerful religious figure who watched everything he had crumble due to a scandal. Why? He didn't steal money nor did he have inappropriate sexual relationships. Following a revelation from God, he began to preach that a loving God would not condemn most of the human race to hell because they are not Christian. He preaches that God belongs to no religion. The Gospel of Inclusion is the journey of one man's quest to preach a new truth.
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By L. R. Lindsay on 04-07-13
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Would you try another book from Bishop Carlton Pearson and/or Bishop Carlton Pearson?
Depends on the topic
What about Bishop Carlton Pearson’s performance did you like?
He's an Evangelical Preacher, so he knows how to project, resonate, and modulate his voice for effect. I'm glad he narrated his own book.
Was The Gospel of Inclusion worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I'm horrible about giving up something for Lent and sticking with it. So in recent years, I decided during Lent to read a book with a religious theme, someone's experience of God or something spiritual and mystical. This seemed a more positive way of participating without torturing myself with giving up bread, alcohol or cake.
This year I choose "The Gospel of Inclusion" because I heard tell of Bishop Pearson's fascinating journey on the NPR radio program "This American Life". Bishop Pearson's transformation, loss, struggle and ultimate gain is a compelling story.
The problem with this book is it preaches to the already converted. As Bishop Pearson found out first hand when he lost practically his whole congregation, you cannot persuade "Christians" away from a dogmatic, rules & regulation, judgmental, bigoted, fire and brimstone mentality. This type of church-goer needs this way of thinking, otherwise they feel lost in the vastness of this world.
So everything he imparts in the book is to those who already have a more open, inclusive, spiritual way of looking at God, religion and faith. I didn't really come away with any new revelations.The book does touch on what was lost of the real message of Jesus and his teachings, due to the formation of "religion". So much of what we are taught has been influenced by the politics and power struggles which took place starting year 1.
I believe Jesus came to remind us of our own power and divinity, but this message was deliberately obliterated, and manically stamped out to keep control on societies. It was good to hear Bishop Pearson speak on this in similar terms.
I recommend the book, but be prepared for some redundancy.
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