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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
I was raised to believe this: That every word of the Bible is the inerrant word of God, that there is a heaven for believers and an eternal hell for non-believers, that I should fear Satan and worship God, that God demands to be worshiped, and that God loves me so much that he will opt not to torture me for eternity if, and only if, I hold the proper kind of faith in the proper interpretation of the perfect Bible. My church leaders always had the answer to every question that one could ever ask.

If you were raised similarly and you have been wondering about, looking for, or finding, your way out of a know-it-all Christian sect of smug certainty, then you will find great encouragement from this book. Time and again, I have read a passage from the book and exclaimed, "that is just what I said twenty (or thirty or forty) years ago! I am not the only one!"

Pearson obviously knows well the smug hell of blind fundamentalist belief in which many of us were raised. He knows well one of the paths out of that hell. If you are interested in his story of his path, this book is for you.

However, if you were never raised in that kind of religious culture, this book will likely seem rather shallow and obvious. After all, Bishop Pearson does not claim to know all about Catholicism, the liberal or liturgical churches, Zen, Buddhism, or many other paths.

And, if you still happily live in the belief that true believers go to heaven and nonbelievers go to eternal torture, you may find this book obscene or blasphemous. To really value this book, you must already wonder for yourself how a God who is Love could create a powerful Satan and an eternal Hell. As Pearson might say, every sane and loving parent loves better than that.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2010
I discovered Bishop Pearce through an on-line search for something that led me to something, which led me to a YouTube video of him preaching to a congregation which was amazing! And later through downloading some of his sermons from the latest church: [...]

I really admire this man and his commitment to God, to go through all the challenges his life-long indoctrination put before him as he was deeply spiritually awakened and called to a much higher place in order to really serve mankind and be a true channel of God. This book and the one before tell of a very important and very human journey that many are making right now as we awaken to a higher calling on this planet and our work to transform it.

His books offer much and should be savored. This is a great book for all seekers of Truth--enjoy!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
When religious zealots from all walks of religion are trying to convince you that their way of knowing God is the only way, I recommend "God is not Christian, nor a jew, Muslim, Hindu" as a must read because it takes on religious dogma and rituals and puts what is the essential view on spirituality. Enlightenment comes to those who are free from "persecution of sin" and can express themselves freely without any type of retribution from an angry God. Carlton Pearson is a forerunner on the future of what religions will preach. I am very excited about the love this book brings to the world! Right on, Carlton! I don't know you but I love you for writing this book!

David Polk
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
This book hits every false nail of Christianity squarely on the head. I too am a wounded and recovering fundamentalist and am still experiencing the pains of rejecting the Fear, Guilt, Ignorance, and Sin mentality that pervades modern religion today. My family has all but disowned me (showing their Christian Love) and still use every opportunity to try and "de-convert" me back to theirs way. I have always known at some level that something was deeply wrong with Christianity and this book confirms this at many levels. Thank you Bishop Pearson and may God richly bless all your efforts to bring forth The Real Truth.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2010
While I certainly may not agree with everything Bishop Carlton Pearson has to say, in this book he certainly presents us with a voice of moderation and reason in the arena of religious extremes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bishop Pearson is a man of courage, vision, and integrity. In this follow up to The Gospel of Inclusion he addresses the cause of most of the wars throughout history: The tendency of religions and their adherents to believe that they are the official representatives of God, and that God is in fact a "member" of their religion. This book is so important and so impressive that, after reading the Kindle edition, I was moved to purchase a hard copy of it so that I could read it again and make notes in the margins. It is an antidote to tribal religion in all its forms, it is a corrective to practices of exclusion and oppression in the name of God, and it captures the current re-formation of Christian spirituality with the insight, passion, and sensitivity that have become hallmarks of Bishop Pearson. do not miss this book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If one desires to seek the Truth, the Light and the Way back to a Higher Power, then it is beneficial to seek Wisdom from all avenues available.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2013
Bishop Pearson sets the stage and expectations for an insightful book with the hard hitting title "God is Not a Christian... He doesn't disappoint as he proceeds to tear down the literal biblical viewpoint and do away with snobbish belief that one religion or another has exclusive rights to God. I was about through with my most recent research project Seeking God at the Idol Meat BBQ when I came across this book and found it to validate my own positions on the nature of God. I highly recommend this book.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 27, 2013
Carlton D'Metrius Pearson (born 1953) was once the pastor of the Higher Dimensions Family Church, which was one of the largest churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma (where he graduated from Oral Roberts University). However, when he declared his beliefs in "inclusion," his church attendance dropped drastically, and the church eventually was foreclosed upon. Since then, Pearson has been accepted as a United Church of Christ minister; later he moved his former congregation to the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, into which it was ultimately absorbed. He was named interim minister of the Christ Universal Temple in Chicago (a New Thought congregation), but he left this position in 2011. He has also written The Gospel of Inclusion: Reaching Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self.

He wrote in the Preface to this 2010 book, "This book is not necessarily about believing in God, just a discussion of WHAT you believe about God and why you believe it." (Pg. ix) He adds, "For the first time in my life, I don't feel an obligation to literally know God. In a sense, I'm getting in touch with the God I perceive to be with me, for me, in me, and perhaps as me... I also felt for many years that the only way you could know God was through Jesus Christ as your professed Lord and Savior... I no longer believe such religious nonsense, though I love and believe in God and feel as close as ever to Christ as a person and a principle. However, I am, for the first time in my life, willing to admit that the most certain thing I can say about God is that I don't know much about Him, or It, at all." (Pg. xix)

He further notes, "my experience of God is not jaded, hindered, or hampered by Scriptures... They are valuable sources of wisdom and have inspired and enhanced my faith. But I no longer believe that they are inerrant sources of truth, as I once did. truth resides within each of us... Millions of people believe in the value and virtue of Scripture but don't necessarily define God by them or confine God TO them. I am one of those persons... I am, for the first time in my life, enjoying KNOWING/being the God (and good) that I am. It is wonderfully renewing to feel and perceive the creative and intuitive gifts of God within myself and others." (Pg. xxiii-xxiv)

He explains, "When I say that God is not a Christian, I am also implying that Christianity in its present form and function is less godly or virtuous. It has, over the centuries, become increasingly gaudy and ghastly. Racism, bigotry, sexism, elitism, arrogance, and ignorance have become its hallmarks, whether you're looking at the horrific child abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic church or the attack politics of the religious right and its obnoxious hypocrisy." (Pg. 26) Later, he adds, "I am a follower of Christ in Person and Principle. That does not mean I am Christian in the sense that I believe the myths that I have already busted." (Pg. 141)

He states, "People ask me ... whether Hitler will be in heaven. My response is that... we're all potential Hitlers... Any one of us could have been him and can still become him, unless we change our deeply held belief that some people or peoples are inherently less worthy---and more disposable---than others." (Pg. 49) He adds, "the fascination with the end-time has always been based on a culture of loathing for one's fellow man. It is built on the duality that is inherent in the division between God and devil, good and evil, Creator and creation... This makes it easy for believers not only to accept that billions will die in fire, but to even look forward to it with a kind of sick and immoral anticipation." (Pg. 80)

He reveals, "One of the most gratifying aspects of my journey to Inclusion and my separation from the more reactionary elements of my beloved fundamental, evangelical, and Pentecostal communities has been how the 'fringe' congregations of Christianity---the so-called New Thought, Unity, Unitarian, Religious Science (Science of Mind), gays, lesbians, transsexuals, and people with AIDS---have embraced me with open hearts. Shortly after I lost my megachurch, I attended a progressive-church conference... At this lowest point of my life, after i spoke about Inclusion, the congregation rose as one and affirmed the washing of my feet at the altar by their bishop, a same-gender-loving woman. It remains one of the most deeply moving and healing moments I have ever experienced. The lack of judgment and the presence of pure love and belonging were extraordinary. That is what I feel for the gay community." (Pg. 104)

He argues, "The old version of God has grown obsolete and irrelevant. We need to accept a new one... This new vision and version of God needs to occur in the sense of our personal image (imagination) and perception. It is a kindler, gentler God, one without wrath... This is a God who forces us to grow up just like a parent lets his or her children make their own mistakes in order to mature... We must let go of the idea that God will be there to pick us up and intervene when we make poor choices." (Pg. 121) He adds, "I am a big proponent of what I call pre-incarnate consciousness---that is, what you knew and were before you were incarnated (infleshed) in your human form.... We have largely forgotten about our pre-incarnate self, the eternal you that is a part of God's essence and cannot die or lie... it is essential that you reconnect with your transcendent self." (Pg. 187)

He observes, "Some will accuse me of debunking or denouncing a religious system by using its manual---the Bible---to prove that both are fallible... Some accuse me of twisting and perverting Scripture to support my presumed erroneous doctrines, but to the contrary, I respect and regard Scripture as important to make my claims that it has been used erroneously for millennia to obscure and obstruct the broader wisdom of the ages." (Pg. 206-207)

Pearson's star has obviously fallen far from where it was in, say, 2000. But his religious journey is a fascinating one, and is warmly welcomed by many who would be repelled by the doctrines he formerly espoused as an orthodox evangelical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2013
An eye opening read that will dramatically change your viewpoint about world religions. I highly recommend both of Bishop Pearson's books to enlighten people of all faiths to the many ways religions can and should be preaching a positive message of an inclusive God.
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