Author: Dr Francis Macnab
“Within many parts of Christian religion there has been a strange contentment with empty churches and an irrelevant faith. In some parts there has been a an enthusiasm for fundamentalism and a mindless acceptance of authoritarian religion. This is regardless of their evasion of an intelligent scrutiny of the scriptures and their totalitarian moral absolutes and exclusive attitudes and postures.”
In The Human Spirit: Inner Strength in Turbulent Times, Dr Francis Macnab shows it is necessary to rediscover a believable, practical religion. All who have wondered about the relevance of religion in these peculiar times, will find this book stimulating – even inspiring – to read. In this way, Dr Francis Macnab is part of the worldwide debate of a relevant religion, joining international figures such as Robert Funk, John Shelby Spong and Richard Holloway.
“A reassessment of what spirituality means urgently awaits us. We need to discover how a thorough-going contemporary interpretation of religion and belief systems can become constructive components for our health and well-being, for acceptance of differences, and for the things that bring us together in our deepest humanity.”
About the Author: For three decades people have traveled long distances early on Sunday mornings to be part of Dr Francis Macnab’s congregation of St Michael’s, Collins St, Melbourne. Sometimes 500 people – sometimes over a thousand. He is also the executive director of the Cairnmillar Institute, a leading centre for psychological treatment, education and training, and chairman of the Australian Foundation for Aftermath Reactions to Trauma.
The Human Spirit: Inner Strength in Turbulent Times is Dr Macnab’s twenty-fourth literary offering. Previously for Crown Content he has published Some Hearts do Break, Discovering Wisdom & Contentment and Bliss, each to critical acclaim.