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God Is Not a Christian, Nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu...: God Dwells with Us, in Us, Around Us, as Us Hardcover – March 30, 2010

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Starred Review. Many readers will recognize Pearson as the one-time protégé of Oral Roberts and himself a dynamic and popular preacher ordained by the Church of God in Christ. Pearson fell out of favor when he openly advocated a universalist approach to salvation and was subsequently disowned by Roberts and by virtually every other evangelical or Pentecostal he had worked with. In this stirring and surprising work, Pearson goes the next step, completely distancing himself from his Pentecostal roots and aligning himself with the New Thought movement, an American spiritual philosophy that emphasizes the power of thought to affect circumstances. The author's passion jumps off each page as he attempts to guide his readers along the tortuous path that led and informed him. He argues for an open and loving faith experience, as opposed to the "cult of myths and secret rites of initiation" that he perceives Christianity to have become. Pearson will anger his old friends with this book, but he will likely make some new friends as they join him in his quest for spiritual clarity.

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"At the heart of this remarkable book is a compassionate voice offering wisdom-guided revelations from Bishop Pearson’s own inner exploration of scripture, the nature of God, and the realities of human existence." -- Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416584439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416584438
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I was initially attracted by the title. Once I started reading, I was impressed by the rational manner in which Bishop Pearson counters fundamentalism from all possible perspectives. He removes the walls around organized religion.
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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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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.
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