The Old Book Switcheroo: Or Anatomy of a Delusion

In this paper, an aging baby boomer "tells all" about his personal experience with some of the "pitfalls of organized religion," as observed from his somewhat unusual perspective as a Jew by birth and a Roman Catholic by choice, and a lifelong Asperger's sufferer, the butt o...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Bittner, David
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2010]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 2010, Volume: 49, Issue: 2, Pages: 262-273
Further subjects:B Choir
B Asperger's syndrome
B Confirmation (Sacrament)
B Grandparents
B Synchronicity
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Summary:In this paper, an aging baby boomer "tells all" about his personal experience with some of the "pitfalls of organized religion," as observed from his somewhat unusual perspective as a Jew by birth and a Roman Catholic by choice, and a lifelong Asperger's sufferer, the butt of practical jokes in a variety of juvenile and adult settings. His conclusion, echoing H.L. Mencken's famous statement that "the cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy," is that the best antidote to these "pitfalls" may be found simply in the responsible practice of religion, including both Judaism and Christianity. The author also believes his own survival in life despite some "ogres and tricksters" along the way validates the Jungian philosophy of synchronicity. He believes that the storms of life are best weathered by accepting them as parts of a Merciful Providence's "vast eternal plans" for all His children on Earth.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9314-2