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Search For Meaning : Americans Talk about What They Believe and Why - Phillip L. Berman

Search For Meaning

Americans Talk about What They Believe and Why

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Published: 19th January 1993
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“This thought-provoking oral history illuminates the vibrant panorama of values and beliefs that is shaping America.”—Coretta Scott King

What do Americans, as a people, believe in? What are the experiences that have transformed their lives? How does faith—in God, in human goodness, in politics, progress, money, or pleasure—illuminate our actions?
 
These are the questions that Phillip L. Berman asked when he set off on a four-year, 35,000-mile odyssey to chronicle America’s moral imagination. By the time he was through, he had spoken to some five hundred people from all walks of life. What they told him makes this engrossing and radiantly insightful book the first oral history of the religious and philosophical beliefs of contemporary Americans.
 
Vividly compelling in the extraordinary variety of its many voices, The Search for Meaning offers a full-scale portrait of the moral state of the union.

“Fascinating characters . . . colorful interviews . . . one of the most inspiring of its genre.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Prologue
Thelma Black and Joanne Baker: The Soul Sistersp. 19
Alexander Curry: One Day Soonp. 25
Knockin' Bark Off Treesp. 33
John Henry Faulkp. 35
Peggy Hutchisonp. 41
Georgia Fullerp. 46
Problems of Evilp. 49
Elizabeth Jaranyi: Why Me?p. 51
Kathryn Mortonp. 53
Bobby Joe Leaster: Everythin' Happen for a Reasonp. 63
Robert Musep. 68
Warp. 73
Jesus Christ and John Waynep. 75
Randy Wayp. 75
John Coleman: The Devil's Playgroundp. 83
From Rambo to Rainbowp. 88
Don Preisterp. 88
Sarah Corson: Onward Christian Soldiersp. 90
Luke Leon Coffee: A Spoke in the Wheelp. 96
Walter Littlemoonp. 99
The Color Linep. 107
Jim Farrands: The Grand Wizardp. 109
Mauricio Terrazasp. 114
Reed Wellerp. 118
Tommy Wrenn: Doctor of Philosophyp. 121
Jean Mitchell McGuire: It Must Be a Strugglep. 123
Brother Paul Holderfield: Jesus the Niggerp. 128
Richard Stonington-Reed Johnson IIIp. 132
Outcastsp. 139
Gary Phelps: Jim Bobp. 141
Ted Hayes: The Son of Man Had Nowhere to Lay His Headp. 145
Survivorsp. 151
Freddy Bosco: A Fluke of the Universep. 153
Kenneth Baldwin: The Golden Gatep. 159
Kurt Saxonp. 163
Dr. Roger Walshp. 167
Hedonic Calculusp. 175
Rex Beaberp. 177
James St. James: A Little Splash to a Partyp. 183
Scott Salinski: Party Vikingp. 186
Corky Carroll: Play Now, Work Laterp. 189
Young Folksp. 193
College Days: Tad A. Devlin, Melinda "Mindy" Johnson, Hamed Khakbaz, Kaveh D. Sooferp. 195
Marquis and Troy: Fuck Societyp. 199
Life Is a Beach: Gordon Gino, Chris Anders, Perry Keller, Bill Pierce, Allen Scott, Greg Nielson, Debbie Richardsp. 201
Sally Randall: Chain-Letter Lovep. 204
Noah Johnsonp. 207
The Nihilist, the Hooker, and the Chessmanp. 211
Elisha Shapiro: Just Doing What I Like to Dop. 213
Marlo Meadows: God Loves the Sinnerp. 216
Murray Turnbull: The Chessman of Harvard Squarep. 218
Earthly Delightsp. 225
Dr. Richard C. Murphy: This Little Blue Jewelp. 227
Steve Darden: Native Waysp. 230
Ken O'Brien: Human Ecologyp. 236
The Musep. 239
Theresa Bernstein Meyerowitz: Now Is All We Havep. 241
Silvana Cenci: Beauty Collectorp. 243
Doug Anderson: What's Happening?p. 246
Nancy Mairsp. 248
Maria Chengp. 254
Ralph Shapey: A Moment of Eternityp. 258
Akbar De Priest: Jazz Manp. 261
In the Public Eyep. 267
William J. Vanden Heuvel: A Special Obligationp. 269
John Andrewsp. 273
Governor Richard Lamm: The Prodigal Parentp. 278
Big George Armistead III: Boosterp. 281
Deborah Howellp. 284
Fred Means: Gathered in the Dustp. 286
Home on the Rangep. 291
Sue Knodep. 293
J. W. Vanderpool: Down Along the Cimarronp. 295
Red Moore: Keep It to Yourselfp. 299
Fred Sherman: On the Horny Hands of Toilp. 304
True Believersp. 309
Godp. 311
F. Bringle McIntosh: At Ninety-twop. 311
Michelle Janis: The Messiah Has Comep. 315
Dr. John Collins Harveyp. 318
Sciencep. 321
Dr. Mark Geier: Nothing Out There but Sciencep. 321
Dr. John Swartzp. 323
Dr. Frank Wilczek: The Physical World, Among Othersp. 327
John Beardsleyp. 330
The New Agep. 333
Dr. Raphael Ornstein: Raphael's Visionp. 334
Patricia Sunp. 336
Jeanne Lemenowskyp. 340
Investments of Faithp. 343
Mother Tessa Bieleckip. 345
Father Thomas Keatingp. 349
Sister Sudha, a.k.a. Dr. Sue Schragerp. 355
Visiting Spiritsp. 363
Becky Fischerp. 365
Ruth Norman: Urielp. 368
Jack Pursel: Jack and Lazarisp. 372
Men of the Clothp. 379
Chabad Hasidp. 381
F. Forrester Church: The Cathedral of the Worldp. 386
Ed Nelson: Only Too Glad to Pray for Youp. 393
RAbbi Joseph Weizenbaump. 396
Steve Wickson: Kingdom Mentalityp. 401
Alternative Altarsp. 405
Ma Bodhitara, a.k.a. Diane Searles: The Jewel Insidep. 407
Burtrand: The Good Witch of the Westp. 411
Geoffrey and Wendy Walkerp. 413
Kamal Ibrahim: The Examination Hallp. 419
Kanya Okamotop. 423
Motherhoodp. 429
Performance Anxietyp. 431
Catherine Halep. 431
Tunnels of Lovep. 433
Lois Erdmannp. 433
Cecilia A. Walenp. 438
Epilogue
John Schneeweis, Jr.: The Distant Viewp. 445
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ISBN: 9780345377777
ISBN-10: 034537777X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 468
Published: 19th January 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1