Beyond The Garden by James B Clay

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Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage; all the men and women merely players.” We all have different scripts; but we all search for the same thing. From Macbeth, we get an answer for what it is we search, “and nothing is but what is not.”My book, “Beyond the Garden”, takes a look at conventional, fundamental religious thought which is prevalent today, and especially in thoughts such as the gay issue. I suggest that there is another view of life which includes all men and women as brothers and sisters and their sexual preferences. Just as Martin Luther King and the eighty’s ladies sought to bring freedom to the oppressed, so should the knights of today seek to bring freedom to all mankind. The new frontier becomes an inescapable acceptance of all humanity because that is the issue of unreality prevalent today. Each of us needs to learn that the one thing needful in this world of woe is understanding, acceptance and lasting relationships. This book offers a suggestion for those who want to find true freedom and oneness with his brothers and sisters and God.While some of the more conventional religious books have mainstream thought, “Beyond the Garden” differs in that it acknowledges other thought patterns to show the offal of our existence until we understand who we are. By coming to this understanding, we discover true freedom. The story of the biblical Cain represents the story of Israel; more than that, it is the story of everyone in his God given freedom outside the garden without compassion. The mark of Cain becomes the standard by which one lives in his freedom. For me, the mark represents an attempt to find true freedom which falls short of our goal as humans, or as Erich Fromm would say, “Escape from Freedom”. To get beyond the garden is man’s lot in life. A more profound inspiration seems to compel us back to the garden where we will find our heart’s desire. Herein the quest begins. In other words, we search for the truth beyond “what is not”!

About James B Clay

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This is the author's first book other than a Doctor of Ministry project submitted to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977 to complete his Doctorate degree. He has also written several poems which are in print on the web sight.In addition, he wrote, in the seventies, a weekly column for a weekly newspaper.The author served as pastor for 18 years in various churches and now serves as relief Chaplain for a Catholic Hospital in Alexandria, LA.
Published October 7, 2004 by AuthorHouse. 168 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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