Confronting Religious Absolutism
Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Wallace displays an enviable ability to present in reader-friendly terms her thorough grasp of fields as diverse as social and intellectual history, literary theory, and cognitive science, all in the service of a sympathetic evaluation of spiritual experience."
--J. Gerald Janzen, Author of When Prayer Takes Place: Forays into a Biblical World (Cascade Books)
"This is an extraordinarily timely book during an election year when humaneness and critical thinking are in short supply. Wallace holds up these two virtues as the antidote to the tyranny of religious absolutism, but her carefully layered argument has broader applicability to the rise of political meanness and proud know-nothingness causing so many Americans dismay these days."
--John Addison Dally, Professor of Religion and Culture, Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, Chicago
"Rarely does a book make me catch my breath with one 'aha!' after another, moments where assorted random things I thought I knew suddenly coalesce into a new and clearer picture of the world. In this book, Cate Wallace weaves together history, philosophy, theology, story, and her own imaginative wit to shape a picture of Christianity and religious absolutism that is fresh and new--while at the same time seeming almost self-evident in its clarity."
--Jennifer Kerr Budziak, Author, composer, conductor
"Catherine Wallace has a gift. With piercing intelligence and an open heart, she not only shows us in this book why fundamentalism in general is dangerous (that would be too easy), but what a viable and more virtuous alternative can look like. Christianity, the virtuous art of faith, is worth rescuing from fundamentalists. In fact, it must be."
--Tripp Hudgins, Director of Admissions, American Baptist Seminary of The West