hristian Musicians and Contemplative Spirituality
Interview with Christianity Today 10/22/2001
Christian music veteran, John Fischer, is Senior Writer for Purpose Driven Life website.
Slowly I began to mend." From Come to the Quiet
John Michael Talbot
Biblical God Does Not Exist Says Brennan Manning
In Discipleship Journal Issue 100 1997 page 78 in an interview, Brennan Manning recommends William Shannon's book, Silence on Fire and Thomas Keating's book on centering prayer, Open Mind, Open Heart. In Silence on Fire, 'Shannon blasts the Christian, Biblical God. Page 109, 110 "This is a typical patriarchal notion of God. He is the God of Noah who sees people deep in sin, repents that He made them and resolves to destroy them. He is the God of the desert who sends snakes to bite His people because they murmured against Him. He is the God of David who practically decimates a people ... He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger. This God does not exist."
Please note Manning uses this quote nearly word for word in his book Above All [pg. 58] (foreword by Michael W. Smith)
Favorably Quoting Contemplatives, Mystics, and Emergents:
Daniel Goleman (see A Time of Departing)
Madeleine Le' Ingle
In Michael Card's album Present Reality he has a song called The Eucharist, which is the Catholic term for the communion being the actual body and blood of Christ, wherein Christ must be re-sacrificed over and over again.
In Card's own bio, he favorably quotes Thomas Merton. Merton, who said he was impregnated with Sufism (Islamic mysticism), promoted interspirituality and contemplative. Also on Card's site, he touts Brennan Manning as someone "he has had the opportunity to learn from and grow with both personally and professionally throughout his career."
This December (2006) Michael Card will be performing at a Catholic monastery with Catholic contemplative, John Michael Talbot.