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The Resource Do you believe? : conversations on God and religion, Antonio Monda ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

Do you believe? : conversations on God and religion, Antonio Monda ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein

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Do you believe? : conversations on God and religion
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Do you believe?
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conversations on God and religion
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Antonio Monda ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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Conversations on God and religion
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  • Monda, a Catholic who teaches film at NYU, offers 18 interviews with renowned writers, thinkers, artists and film directors in this brief collection about God and faith. Though many subjects express skepticism about religion, some reveal a deep longing for faith: Novelist Michael Cunningham discusses his childhood fascination with religion, when he painted religious scenes and made communion wafers out of Wonder Bread, and Jonathan Franzen speaks of being influenced by the simultaneously terrifying and comforting character of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia. Most of the interviewees voice concern about religious absolutism and fundamentalism, particularly when connected to politics; when Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., states that “there is nothing more dangerous than a person in politics who is certain that he is acting in the name of God,” he represents the group well. But there are also key differences here, from the Catholicism that infuses Martin Scorsese's films to the pantheism that Paula Fox espouses to Toni Morrison's idea of God as “an infinite growing that discourages definitions but not knowledge.” As a collection, there are uneven moments; Monda refers throughout to his interview with poet Derek Walcott, but Walcott's interview doesn't appear until almost the end of the book. Overall, though, this is a thoughtful, provocative and concise volume. (Nov. 6) --Staff (Reviewed August 27, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 34, p79)
  • /* Starred Review */ Respected cultural critic Monda (Kanbar Inst. of Film & Television, NYU) proves himself an adventurous and risk-taking dialog partner as he carries out a series of conversations on God, religion, and faith with some of the preeminent voices in American culture. Monda asks celebrities ranging from Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison to Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese whether they believe in God and how their belief or nonbelief has affected their life choices. The discussion sends an empowering message to those raising preliminary questions about faith and is a touchstone for well-traveled souls. Monda's humble voice and his ability to engage the interviewees in a dialog that is both insightful and sincere make the book especially accessible. He offers readers the beauty, excitement, and perplexity of the journey, giving them hope to work out their answers. Many works wrestle with the question Monda poses here, but few manage it with such grace and undeniable power. For priority purchase in those public and academic libraries seeking to provide works that reflect glimpses into Americans' cultural lives; a natural for religion collections in all public libraries.—Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL --Leroy Hommerding (Reviewed October 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 17, p72)
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Monda, Antonio
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200.92/273
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1949-
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Goldstein, Ann
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  • Interviews
  • God
  • Religion
  • Belief and doubt
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conversations on God and religion
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Do you believe? : conversations on God and religion, Antonio Monda ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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xii, 178 pages
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2007014749
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Do you believe? : conversations on God and religion, Antonio Monda ; translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein
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21 cm
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xii, 178 pages
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9780307280589
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2007014749
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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